Opal L. (Thompson) Gregory
Opal L. (Thompson) Gregory, age 96, of rural Curryville, passed away at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the Moore-Pike Nursing Home in Bowling Green. A Visitation was held from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia. A Service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 17, 2017 at Waters Funeral Chapel. Officiating was Pastor Lyndell Thompson. Interment took place in the New Harmony Church Cemetery. Pallbearers were Seth Gregory, Caleb Gregory, Benjamin Gregory, Ryan Gray, Brandon Gray, and Chad Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Joel Edwards, Joshua Gregory, Trevor Gray, and Kelsey Gray. Opal L. (Thompson) Gregory was born on October 2, 1920 in Americus, Mo.; the daughter of Shelby Henry and Mary Ethel (Naughton) Thompson. She married Emmett Glen Gregory in St. Louis on December 28, 1943; he preceded her in death on December 26, 2004. She was a 1940 Curryville High School graduate and had lived most of her adult life in the rural Curryville/Estes area. Opal had been a full-time homemaker on the family farm except for a short time where she worked at a ball bearing factory in St. Louis during World War II. She was a member of the First Christian Church in Vandalia and had helped with vacation Bible school. Opal enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening, canning, reading, fishing, helping with 4-H in years past and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors include two sons, Melvin L. Gregory, of Fulton; Robert G. and wife Kim Gregory, of rural Curryville; two daughters, Dorothy L. and husband Dennis R. Edwards, of Moberly; Helen M. Gray, of New Hartford; 10 grandchildren, Joel David Edwards, of Silver Springs; Joshua L. Gregory of Hopper, Neb.; Seth M. Gregory, of Curryville; Caleb E. Gregory, of Middletown; Benjamin G. Gregory, of Curryville; Ryan S. Gray, of Leawood, Kan.; Brandon M. Gray, of Troy; Chad E. Gray and Kelsey N. Gray, both of St. Louis, and Trevor B. Gray, of New Hartford; also survived by several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Glen; five brothers, Virgil Thompson, Lloyd Thompson, Omar Thompson, Charles Thompson, and Bernard Thompson; and two sisters, Merle Metcalf and Edna Haden. Memorials are encouraged to the Shiloh Christian Children's Ranch, 601 N. Center Street, Shelbina, Mo. 63468.
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