Opal Marie Bailey, 79, of Rupert, passed away Friday, June 14, 2019 at Countryside Care in Rupert. She was born June 16, 1939 to Claude Roy and Vaun Littleton in Clarinda, Iowa. She married Wayne Gerald Bailey on February 9, 1962 in Rupert, Idaho.
She liked to Embroidery, loved to read Harlequin Romance books and she liked to play the slot machines whether in Jackpot or on her computer . She loved her family and friends with open arms.
Opal had many different jobs over the years. She worked for Roland Jones Potatoes, drove dump truck at Triple “C” Concrete while working in the gravel pit with her husband Wayne for years. She later went to work in the laundry and kitchen at MMH. She took several college courses on nutrition and went to work for Minidoka County School district; where she finally retired at Paul Elementary School due to health issues. She enjoyed many adventurous trips with her fellow cook mates to cook conventions around the country. After Wayne passed away she remained on their small farm. With the help of her Brother-in-law Jack, they took care of the farm until her health declined. She moved into C St Manor where she met and became friends with many wonderful people where she also enjoyed the Saturday night bingo. As her health declined further she made the decision to move into Countryside Care and Rehab in Rupert. Family would like to thank all the staff at countryside for all their loving care and support during her final days. She loved you all!
She is survived by two daughters, Deborah Hall of Spokane, Washington and Wanda Williams of Rupert, Idaho; seven grandchildren, Kayleen Nichols, Marcia Cole, Joni Martin, Derek Bailey, Jarrod Rawson, Lyndsay Rawson, and Chantal Durfee and six great grandchildren, Austin Martin, Kairi Williams , Whiteny Martin, Anthony Ballard, Jax Ballard, Angelikah Cole. She was preceded in Death by her parents, her husband of 44 years Wayne Bailey, sons Billy and Kevin, brothers Dean, Nelson, Ron and sister Nellie. Grandsons: Ricky Nichols and Travis Durfee, and a Great-Grandson: Emrick Rawson.
A Viewing will be held from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019 at the Hansen Mortuary in Rupert. Burial will take place in the Rupert Cemetery immediately following the viewing. Services are under the direction of Joel Heward Hansen Mortuary.