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Opal Irene Jones

(Jan. 8, 1921 - Sept. 7, 2012)

Opal Jones of Powell died on Sept. 7, 2012, surrounded by loved ones at the Powell Valley Care Center. She was 91.

Opal Irene Jones was born on Jan. 8, 1921 to Morgan and Beatrice Royal in Powell. She graduated from Powell High School in 1939 and married Earl Jones on Jan. 16, 1940. Earl and Opal celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary earlier this year.

They built their home in Powell and lived in the same location for 70 years where they ran a successful farming operation.

In 1961, Opal began working for a new doctor in town, Dr. Lyle Haberland. She worked for Dr. Haberland for 27 years and his patients enjoyed the numerous years of care and kindness she provided.

After retirement, Earl and Opal enjoyed many years traveling from the East Coast to the West Coast, Alaska to Florida in their motor home, making many treasured friends along the way.

Opal was a dedicated member of Eastern Star for more than 60 years, an active member of the Presbyterian Church, a longtime member of the Powell High School Alumni Association Board and a strong supporter of the Travelers Music Group.

Opal’s passions included listening and singing along with Earl and any instrument he picked up to play, dancing, cooking, baking, canning, crafting for her family and spending cherished time with loved ones.

A devoted wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother, Opal is survived by her husband Earl; sons Ron (Teddy) Jones, Terry (Judy) Jones; daughter Janice (Scott) Gormley; granddaughters Kapi (Kyle) Nix, Keli (Jason) Borders, Jennifer Melton, Janelle Jones and Tanya (Travis) Hernandez as well as five great-grandsons and four great-granddaughters. Other survivors include her sister, Oma Jacobs; brother and sister-in-law Harley and Jean Jones; sisters-in-law, Belle Jones and Pat Jones.

A memorial service will be held at Union Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 10 a.m.

Thompson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family at


  • posted by Lyle Grace Larson

    September 12, 2012 4:29 pm

    Lyle and I are sad to hear of Opal's
    death . We still have the beautiful Tennessee Walker mare we bought from Opal and Earl in 1989 . With Sympathy , Lyle and Grace Larson , Forsyth , MT

  • posted by Florence (Payton) Hayes

    September 12, 2012 12:00 am

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Opal. My brother Mert and I stopped in to see her and Earl a couple years ago. I am so glad we had the chance to do that. Loved visiting with the two of them. My thoughts go out to Earl, Ron, Terry and Janice and the rest of the family.

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