Opal Huff, 95, daughter of Winifred (Kiser) Cruson and Thomas Cruson, was born March 5, 1918, at the Lone Star Mill in Houston, Mo., and passed away Sept. 9, 2013, at Edgar Springs, Mo.
She married Robert Huff on March 18, 1940, and they had eight children.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Hazel Bates; three sons, Robert (Bobby) Huff, Larry Huff and Michael (Mickey) Huff. She is survived by one son, Lonnie Huff of Bucyrus, Mo.; four daughters, Barbara Burk of Lebanon, Tenn., Pam Huff of Edgar Springs, Mo., Deborah Word and her husband, Greg, of Jefferson City, Mo., and Patty Street of Houston, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
When Opal was 3 years old, she moved to Success, Mo., where her father died a short time later. She attended Gladden School and as a child went to church at Success, Mo. Opal received Christ as her Savior and remained faithful through the years to his service. She enjoyed fellowship and had Christian brothers and sisters at the Free Will Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, the Church of God and Souls Harbor.
Opal loved to fish, paint, sew, quilt and was an accomplished musician. She played various instruments and wrote songs. She enjoyed working in her yard, taking care of her flowers and vegetable garden. She loved to go to the Houston Senior Citizens Center, where she once worked, to play games with her friends. She walked 3 miles each morning, visiting with people all over town. Opal often participated in the Senior Olympics and won many medals for speed walking, shotput, discus, basketball and horse shoes. Opal loved to exercise and at one time led the exercise class at the Senior Center. She was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and was thrilled to see them gain the lead in their division.
Opal loved her family; she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend. It was the highlight of her day to have family stop by for a visit or talk to them on the phone. She was always looking for ways to help and felt that God had given her each day to enjoy and live for him. She will be missed, but we know that she is enjoying the beauty of Heaven and is rejoicing in the presence of the one she has so long desired to meet.
Services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Evans Funeral Home with Pastor Cordie Wimberley officiating. Visitation is 10 a.m. until service time. Pallbearers are Cody Huff, Trevor Huff, Lance Huff, Jim Wamhoff, Jerod Wamhoff and Jake Word. Burial will be in Old Success Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Houston Senior Center, in her memory. Online condolences may be made at www.evansfh.com.