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Opal M. Mattice 1920-2013

October 24, 2013
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Opal M. Mattice of Emmetsburg will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg. The Rev. Jim Morris from Creston will officiate.

Interment will be in the Lone Tree Cemetery, Sioux Rapids.

Visitation will be Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Martin-Mattice Funeral Home in Emmetsburg.

Opal M. (Lovely) Mattice was born March 18, 1920 near Greenfield, to Frank and Alta (Evans) Lovely. She received her education in Greenfield, graduating in 1938. While in high school, Opal took Normal Training and began teaching the fall after she graduated, in a country school near Greenfield until 1940. Opal completed her teaching certifi- cate at Cedar Falls and Buena Vista She taught elementary school in Rippey, Primghar and Paullina.

On June 24, 1945 Opal was united in marriage to Roger J. Mattice at the Methodist Church in Greenfield. They were blessed with two sons, Ronald and Alan. In 1948 they moved to Sioux Rapids where Roger had his medical practice and where they made their home until 1991. Opal was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Sioux Rapids. She was a member of U.M.W., served as church treasurer and taught Sunday School for many years. She volunteered in many organizations and played Bridge in several card clubs. She was a member of Little Sioux Golf and Country Club and played ladies league. She and Roger enjoyed many winters in California, Florida and Texas.

Opal was an active and devoted member of P.E.O. for 64 years. She became a member of Chapter G.J. in Sioux Rapids, in 1949 where she served as President as well as holding other offices throughout the years. After moving to Emmetsburg, Opal demitted to Chapter B.K.

In 1991 they moved to Emmetsburg to be closer to family. While living in Emmetsburg Opal became a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Emmetsburg Country Club. She continued to play Bridge in various groups and clubs.

Opal moved to Willow Ridge after Roger's death and enjoyed her friends there a great deal. On Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 Opal died at Lakeside Lutheran Home, where she had resided for the past seven years. She was 93 years old. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by her children, Ronald and Linda Mattice of Council Bluffs, and Alan and Tracey Mattice of Emmetsburg; her grandchildren, Robert Mattice of Council Bluffs, Elisha (Kevin) Reed of Council Bluffs, Valerie (Mark) Ausborn of Larmor Plage, France, and Evan Mattice of Dallas, TX; great grandchildren.

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