Opal Lucille Teply - July 15, 2010
Life is made of tears and memories. Tears fade tomorrow, but memories last forever.
Opal Lucille Teply has had both!
She was born in Perkins County, Neb., on Nov. 22, 1919, to Lester and Lillie Lovitt. A family of four sisters, one brother, brother and sisters-in-laws—she has shed the tears for all of them.
She remembered her cattle trips by train with her father and learning how to crochet and quilt with her mother.
She met John Teply Jr. and knew he was the one, and they married on Dec. 7, 1940.
She has graced the Champion Valley for the last 58 years.
She raised Roger, Marvin, Coleen and Ricky to responsible adults.
She practiced the saying of: “If you can’t say something nice about the person, say nothing at all.” She led by example, working along side you and not asking you to do something she was not willing to do yourself.
She was baptized with Marvin and Coleen in March of 1958, at the EUB Church of Champion.
She has been surrounded by friends, fishing buddies, arrowhead hunting couples and the coffee girls. Playing cards with friends and just John every morning was a way of life. Never too busy or too tired to turn down playing a few hands of pitch. Only a few are still here to say goodbye—Goodbye Dear friend, you will be missed in so many ways.
She has said goodbye to John’s family. Only one sister-in-law remains to remember her, Charlotte Johnson.
Soft spoken Opal has been more than a homemaker over the years. As a helpmate to a farmer, she has raised the chickens, feeding and watering, watching them grow year after year.
She gathered the eggs, cleaned and cooked the birds. We all remember her chicken and noodle dinners. That was our special day.
She milked to cows, sold the cream, sewed quilts and crocheted lovely keepsakes.
To this day, she takes in every stray cat and dog. A baby calf on the back porch was a welcome sight.
She welcomed many young people to live in her home and sit at her table. Everyone was a welcome at her home, and food was always available. Opal loved to cook. Her homemade donuts are still longed for on a cold day.
Opal went to high school in Curtis, making life long friends of Don and June Magnuson. Don says Goodbye.
Her two nieces, Arlene Large and Lela Hamilton stand at her grave.
Opal loved to travel. She went to Nashville on a tour bus, lots of mini bus tours, Alaska to visit Roger and family, Washington and Oregon a few times. Lots of road trips with Coleen and kids. The Black Hills, Wisconsin, Kansas, Canada and Oklahoma.
She had a green thumb. She loved wild flowers and on road trips, we would bring home some pretty weeds that had been blooming. Always happy when she was surrounded by flowers and gardening and her beautiful yard.
Illness has been her constant companion for more than 30 years. She has suffered with crippling arthritis, pace makers and broken bones, three hips replaced. It never slowed her down and she never complained.
She has stood at the grave of her husband and grandson. Now to carry her memories are three sons: Roger, Marvin and Ricky; daughter: Coleen. Married to her children are, Judy, Terrie and Bill. She has seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Opal passed away Wednesday evening, July 7, 2010, at the Chase County Community Hospital, Imperial. She was 90 years of age.
Graveside Services were held Saturday morning, July 10, 2010, 10 a.m. (MT) at Mount Hope Cemetery, Imperial, with Randy Hayes officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established in Opal’s memory.
Liewer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.