Opal Justus, 94, of Blackfoot passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 at The Gardens in Rigby.
She was born Sept. 12, 1919 in Sutton, Neb., to Lloid and Ida Pauline Trieber Corey. She moved to Blackfoot when she was just 2 months old, and lived her entire life in the area.Â
Opal attended school in Blackfoot and graduated in 1937, the first class of Blackfoot High School, which was then located on Shilling Street and currently serves as the Sixth Grade Center.Â
She married Homer C. Brown in February 1938; they had four children and made their home in Blackfoot. After they divorced, in 1956, she married Claude Justus; he preceded her in death.
Opal worked as one of the first cooks at Stanâ€™s Restaurant (on Highway 91) when they opened. She also worked as a cook at the Wagon Wheel for many years, retiring in 1975.Â After retirement, she enjoyed wintering in Arizona with her husband. Â
Opal loved baseball, fishing, hunting and just being outdoors. She was an avid knitter and took home numerous â€śBest of Showâ€ť awards at the Eastern Idaho State Fair with her different knitted items. She loved traveling with her family when and wherever they wanted to go.Â She especially loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her four children, Nancy Brown, Thompson Falls, Mont.; Joe (Bonnie) Brown, Terreton; Connie (Darrell) Tabor, Moreland; Hank (Vickie) Brown of Groveland; 18 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a grandson. Joseph Dean Ward, and her brother Lawrence Corey.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 at the Hawker Funeral Home. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 and again for one hour prior to services at the funeral home.Â Interment will be in the Grove City Cemetery. Â
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