Celebrating the life of Opal Marie Flo Story
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Opal took her “Sentimental Journey” Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016 while residing at the Roundup Memorial Extended Care Unit after a lengthy stay.
She was born July 4th, 1921 to Nels & Mary Sabin on the family farm in Faribault County, Minnesota.
Opal was the youngest of 12 children and we heard many stories of her growing up on the farm in the 1920’s and 1930’s. She attended country schools and of course walked 3 miles to school usually in deep snow! She was proud of her Norwegian heritage and could still speak some Norwegian and she enjoyed the different foods, even lutefisk.
Being born on the 4th of July meant there was always a parade, picnics and fireworks just for her. No one could forget her birthday!
She grew up during the Big Band Era and loved music and dancing, never missing a Saturday night dance. She even won a jitter-bug contest dancing to Guy Lombardo’s orchestra.
After graduation from Frost Minnesota High School in 1939, she worked as a hired girl in Bricelyn, Minnesota when she met Leslie Flo at a dance. They were married in 1940, and later moved to Roundup, Montana where they raised their 4 children.
Opal was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church, and the Degree of Honor. She worked at the Busy Bee Café for many years. She enjoyed needle work, reading, crossword puzzles and most of all working outside with her flowers.
After divorcing, she moved to Lewistown, MT and worked at the Elks Club. She later met Art Story and they were married in 1986. Art was an airline pilot and they flew numerous times to California and Canada with friends. After Art’s death in 1993, Opal moved back to Roundup to be near her family, and enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren, and special great-granddaughters Cassidy and Jordon.
Always a classy dresser, she was known for her neat appearance and loved bright colors, even her RED shoes.
She was preceded in death by her parents, 11 siblings, her former husband Les, husband Art, and her daughter Susan Ballard.
Opal is survived by her sons David (Marcia) Flo of Hernando, FL, Rodney ( Angie) Flo of St. Paul, MN, and daughter Sandy (Dick) Palagyi of Roundup, MT. Her 7 Grandchildren,
Mike(Brenda) Palagyi, Dan ( Tarri) Palagyi, Leslie (Andrew) Hitchings, Morgan (Kristi) Flo, Carl David Carlson, Amy (Rick) Kelker, and Ronnie Flo, 6 Great Grandchildren, Cassidy (Bly) Jerauld, Jordon Palagyi, Ivor and Oscar Hitchings, Sena Flo, Jett Tiernan and Carl Robert Carlson, and 2 Great Great Grandson’s Lucas and Tucker Goffena and 1 Great Great Granddaughter Lauren Jerauld.
Rest Easy Mom,” Now you’re dancing with the angels”. A Celebration of Opal’s life will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday March 31st at the Wier Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roundup Memorial Extended Care Unit or the charity of your choice. Wier Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Cremation will follow services and interment of ashes will be at the Roundup City Cemetery at a later date.
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