Opal Lorene Hart

Opal Lorene Hart, daughter of the late John and Ida (Boyer) Kelley, was born Oct. 3, 1918, in Huggins, Mo., and departed this life on Oct. 13, 2010, in the Autumns Oaks Caring Center in Mountain Grove, Mo., following a short illness, at 92 years of age.

Opal grew up and attended school in the Huggins and Bendavis communities. She graduated from Houston High School in 1937.

She was united in marriage to Wilson Hart on Dec. 18, 1937 in Houston, Mo. Three children were born to this union. They raised their family on a farm for many years. They enjoyed traveling over the years. Mr. Hart passed away on July 1, 2001.

Opal was employed for the Brown Shoe Company in Mountain Grove for over 27 years. She enjoyed quilting and being outdoors, tending to her large garden each year. She also liked going to the senior center to play pool, cards and bingo. She was a big music fan.

Besides her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Leo Kelley and Russell Kelley; and by one sister, Edith Robertson.

She is survived by two sons, Robert L. Hart and his wife, Shirley, of Licking, Mo., and Hubert R. Hart and his wife, Betty, of Mountain Grove; one daughter, Roberta Hodges of Buffalo, Mo.; three brothers: Norman Kelley of Golden Valley, Ariz., Hershel Kelley of Unionville, Iowa, and Dennis Kelley of Ottumwa, Iowa; three sisters, Ursie Moore of Houston, Mo., and Nadine Dommer and Fern Horn, both of Moravia, Iowa; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her very much.

Funeral services were 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 16, in the Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Wayne Cannon officiating. Iby and Ruth Edward and John and Shirley Shores sang “What A Day That Will Be and “Go Rest High On That Mountain.” Pallbearers were Joey Hodges, Terry Hodges, Dennis Hodges, Tim Hart, Dianna Lemons and Crystal Brewer. Burial was in the Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of the Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove, Mo.

Online condolences may be sent to wwwcraighurttfuneralhome.com.

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