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Opal Buck, 100 year old Woodward resident, died Sunday, April 24, 2016 in Buffalo. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in the Billings Funeral Home Chapel with her nephew Reverend Todd White officiating. Burial will follow in the Elmwood Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Billings Funeral Home.

Opal Nevada Buck was born on June 3, 1915 north of Woodward, Oklahoma on the family farm to Oather Todd and Ruthie Jane (Jividen) White. Opal attended Woodward schools and graduated from Woodward High School in 1932. She attended Woodward Business College.

She was united in marriage to Lewis Doral Buck on May 13, 1935. They made their home in Woodward and were blessed with one daughter, Delores Jane. The family survived the Woodward tornado of 1947 that destroyed their family home, but they rebuilt and continued living there. Opal was able to continue to live in her home until she was 95 years old; she then began to suffer from falls and failing health and moved to the Buffalo Nursing home for continuous care.

Opal spent many years working as the receptionist for Dr. Ben Benson and Dr. John Carmichael. She retired from the doctors then decided to work at local clothing stores for fun. She worked at The Vogue for Rosella Converse then at Marilyn's Boutique for her friend, Marilyn Poulson. Opal had a love for fine clothing and shoes. Opal finally retired to take care of Lewis when he became ill.

Opal was a longtime member of the First Christian Church; she continued to drive herself to church and to the beauty shop weekly, until she was about 89. It was finally time to (unwillingly) give up her keys. Opal volunteered as a Pink Lady at the hospital for many years. She enjoyed camping and bowling, she bowled a perfect game and had the trophy to prove it. She was an avid OU sports fan and loved going to OU football games.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lewis on January 13, 2002, daughter Jane on October 10, 2013, her sister, Alline Oldham and brother, Mansel White.
She is survived by her son-in-law, Ernie Dwinelle of Woodward; grandchildren, Leslie VanNostrand of Woodward, Robert Dwinelle and wife Jeri of Woodward, Julie Johnson of Muskogee; great-grandchildren, Abbie Wasson and husband Jeff, Christy Hay and husband Rick, Dean Dwinelle, Riley Gaston, Jerame Johnson and wife Cindy, Travis Johnson and wife Natalie; five great-great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Marguerite White; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Published on April 28, 2016
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