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Opal Eileen Dunsworth, 80, of Gate, Oklahoma, returned to her heavenly home on March 21, 2015. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her last days and ultimately gave her peace. Opal was born to the late Winfield “Scotty” and Caroline “Carrie” Morris (Borchardt) on October 13, 1934. The family spent most of her childhood in Woodward except for a few years when their family moved to Enid. She often told stories from her childhood of playing baseball, walking to the roller skating rink and running around with the neighborhood children. She attended school in Woodward and graduated from Woodward High School in 1952. After graduation she moved to Oklahoma City and attended Business College there. After several years of dating, Opal married her lifelong spouse, Leo Dunsworth, on October 14, 1953 in Clayton, New Mexico. They made their first home together in Perryton, Texas. While living in Perryton, Opal gave birth to their only child, Michael Leo, on July 11, 1954. They spent the next several years moving around the Texas panhandle. In 1958, they moved to Liberal, Kansas where Leo got a job driving a truck for Greondyke Trucking. In 1965, they bought a farm south of Gate, Oklahoma. They raised cattle and farmed the land there. Over the years she waitressed and cooked in restaurants, worked in their family restaurant, ran the post office in Knowles and helped Leo on the farm. She resided on the farm until her last several months. She spent the last several months of her life living in Woodward with her granddaughter, Michelle and her family. Opal was an active and dedicated member of the Nazarene Church in Knowles. She was a member of the Monthly Homemakers Club and enjoyed going to their dinners. She was a beloved member of the Gate/Knowles community and could be found at any type of community function. If you wanted to see her all you would have to do is go to any auction in the area and you would more than likely run into her. Opal got the most enjoyment in life from spending time with her family. Anyone who knew her, knew how much she loved her family, and probably heard about them on a regular basis. She was even known to carry around a little photo album in her purse that she would pull out any time that the opportunity would arise. Opal touched the lives of many people with her smile and generosity, and maintained her selflessness all the way to the end. She is survived by her son: Michael Dunsworth and wife Kandie of Laverne; granddaughter: Michelle Ashlock and husband Donny; great-grandchildren: Brittany, Brayden and Braylee Hay and great-great-grandson, Kyler Maples all of Woodward; granddaughters: Melisa Thorne and Michelle Marr of Laverne; grandsons: Michael Thorne of Woodward and Matthew Thorne and wife MacKenzie of Broken Arrow; great-grandsons, Jacob, Anthony and Nathanial Marr of Laverne and Gabriel Thorne of Towanda, Pennsylvania. Along with countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her. She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Dunsworth, brother Richard Morris, sisters, Angeline Morris-Welch and Edith Reeg, and parents Scotty and Caroline Morris. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. at the Laverne Memorial Cemetery. Reverend Tommy Webb will officiate the ceremony. The family would also like to thank the staff at Grace Living Center and Faith Hospice for their care and dedication. Remembrances may be shared online at www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com
Published on  March 29, 2015
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