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JONES, Opal F. (Jackson)

Friday, March 11, 2005

Opal Floy Jones, 95, of Sweetwater, Texas, died Friday, March 11, 2005, in Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital. Funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in First Baptist Church in Duncan with the Rev. Jody Hilliard officiating. Burial will be in Duncan Cemetery under the direction of McCoy Funeral Home in Sweetwater.

Opal Floy was born Oct. 8, 1909, in Hastings to James Monroe and Ada Drury Jackson. Her family moved to Waurika when she was 5. In 1923, they moved to Duncan.

Her father was in the grocery business, wholesale gasoline business and finally had an oil field drilling company. She graduated from Duncan High School and attended Oklahoma College for Women for two years. She then transferred to Baylor University, where she graduated cum laude.

She returned to Duncan and began her teaching career.

She married James Albert Jones in July 1932. They had lived together a little more than three years when Albert was killed in a truck accident.

Three months later, a daughter, Frances, was born to this union. Opal went back to teaching in Duncan and taught 36 years, the majority of the time teaching American history in high school.

After retiring from teaching, she and Olive Stewart bought the Lottie K Dress Shop in Duncan and operated it for 22 years before closing the shop.

She moved to Sweetwater in 1998 to live with her daughter, Frances Ridley.

While in Duncan, she was a charter member of the American Association of University Women and an early member of the Duncan Music Club and Philomathic Study Club.

Survivors include a daughter, Jimmy Frances Ridley and her husband, Dave, of Sweetwater; a granddaughter, Sandy Koch and her husband, Jeff, of Plano, Texas; two grandsons: David James Riley and his wife, Melanie, of Olton, Texas, and Mike Ridley and his wife, Marlene, of Frisco, Texas; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jimmy Jones; and a brother, Miles Jackson.

Bearers will be her family.