Opal Ellen Williams died December 21, 2017 at Akron General Medical Center from the flu. Family held her hands tightly whispering comfort as she slowly slipped from us to heaven above and took her final breath. It is the saddest time for her family and friends; the pain we are experiencing is beyond the capture of words. We had time to prepare but when the moment arrived to say our final goodbye it was gut wrenching and tore our hearts apart. Loving her so much makes it all the more painful when she had to 'go out of town' permanently as she would say.
Her dearly adored husband, Maurice (Morrie) passed on Nov. 10, 2009. They had the most wonderful marriage and it gives us pleasure knowing they are now together. Dad will have had a gardenia, Mom's favorite flower, waiting for her. Opal's sister, Dorothy Powell and her two brothers Robert Scheible and Wilbur Scheible passed before her. Her parents are Grace and William Scheible. Opal was born in Lakeland, Florida on October 20, 1924 and spent her childhood growing up in the Portage Lakes area where she met her husband at Coventry High School. After raising their family in Kent, Oh they made their home in Portage Lakes for many years. Mom experienced a wonderful and happy life. She was so content. She had the opportunity to go to college at Bowling Green, work at Ohio Bell Telephone company and teach pre-school, fall in love, get married, have children, travel, have good friends and laughter.
Her children were her joy and she was proud of all three, Jeffrey (Susan) Williams of Texas, Suellen (Geoff) Wagner and Brad (Carol) Williams both of Green. She leaves her granchildren - Megan (Alex) Rivera and Traci Williams, Chelsea and Kade Wagner, and Cory Williams and Jordan (Nick) Bridenbaugh and two great grandchildren, Rowan and Wilder. After suffering a stroke we were able to have Mom live at her home on Portage Lakes so she could continue to look out at the lake, feel peace and comfort and wait for the Spring arrival of Dad's purple martins. She lived at Greenview for the past 16 months. Mom worked so very hard to overcome the deficit from her stroke and dementia. She was a joy to care for; she never lost her sense of humor and was always so grateful for what we and others did for her. She appreciates everything from all her friends and says thank you for being her friend and giving her joy. Whenever without fail we would tell her we loved her she would always say, “I love you more”. Say hello to Dad and give him our love and tell him we are all okay. Hun and Hunner together again make us all smile. Our hearts have grown larger because of you. And know that we are taking lovingly care of Ellie your beloved dog. You have always been the gem your names represents. Good bye dear Mom and Grandma.
Family and friends are invited to memorial calling hours on Jan. 4, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at House of Eberhardt Funeral Home, 472 W. Turkeyfoot Lake Rd. (Rt. 619) Portage Lakes. Private family inurnment of her and Morrie’s cremains will take place the following day at Greenlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, memorial donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.