She was born September 30, 1914 to Harry and Estella McElwain in Rochester, Missouri. She married Frank Welton Yates in 1939. He preceded her in death in 1957. Opal was a Principal and teacher in the Saint Joe School District until 1977. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by her parents; six sisters; and her only daughter, Betty E. Jackson.
Survivors: grandson, Matthew Jackson (Dana); granddaughter, Sarah Vernon (David); four great-grandchildren; and son-in-law, Bill Jackson.
Graveside Service and Interment: 1:30 P.M. Saturday, Rochester Cemetery, Rochester, Missouri.
For those wishing to make a memorial contribution the family requests they be made to the American Cancer Society. Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.