Opal Davidson, 1926 ~ 2011

Opal Joyce (Darnall) Davidson, 86, of Fruita, Colo., passed away Dec. 8, 2011 at Larchwood Inns. Opal was born Jan. 12, 1926 to Carl O. and Bessie Chandler Darnall in Rolla, Kan. Carl and Bessie later divorced and Bessie married Francis (Buss) Farlow, who became a much loved father to Opal and her siblings.

Opal graduated from high school in Leadville, Colo. After graduation, she helped her mother run the telephone office, which was located in their home.

Opal met Lawrence Ira (Dave) Davidson in Leadville, where they married March 9, 1946. They lived in Twin Lakes, Colo. at the start of their marriage and in many other states following his work until they settled in Moab, Utah in 1962, where Dave lost his life in a mine explosion in 1963. Opal continued to live in Moab until 1997, when she moved to Fruita, Colo. Many around Moab will remember her from her years as a clerk at the North Maverick Store.

Per her wishes, no services are planned.

Opal was also preceded in death by her parents; brother, Carl E. Darnall; sister, Lilli Mae Fowler; brother-in-law, Ray Salisbury; sister-in-law, Lorraine Farlow; an infant grandson; and three much loved nieces. She is survived by daughters, Jeannie (Don) Weeks of Clifton, Colo,, Jane (Dave) Wyatt of Safford, Ariz., and Marnie (George) Melo of Moab, Utah; sister, Janice Salisbury; and brother, Elbie (Michelle) Farlow of Cody, Wyo.; special niece, Joyce Stoneking of California; and neighbor and dear friend, Marion.

Opal will be remembered for the beautiful hand-beaded Christmas stockings that she made for each of her children, including her sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.