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Opal Irene Parish
  • July 10, 1925
  • -
  • January 03, 2018

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Opal Parish Opal Irene (Yarde) Parish, age 92, died peacefully at home on JANUARY 3, 2018 in Ponce Inlet, FL. Opal was born July 10, 1925, in Alexis, Illinois, the daughter of Bert Lee and Helen (Bengtson) Yarde.  Opal was born and raised on a dairy farm in Illinois. She rode her horse to her one-room school house each day. She graduated HS early and attended Monmouth College in Illinois where she met her future husband, Jack L. Parish, in naval officer training, and they were married in 1944. After World War II he attended the U of IL and they started a family. Opal was the beloved mother to Stephen, Janet, Joe, and David Parish.  Opal was a positive, loving (shining) light who loved all she knew. Her children were her life and as a teacher, she started the first kindergarten in Galesburg IL. After moving to Daytona Beach FL in 1967, she went on to start the first market-research firm in the area.  She met many new friends at her Harbour Village community. She enjoyed water aerobics, yoga, walks on the beach at sunrise, astrology, book club and playing bridge several times a week. She also remembers her great friends in Daytona Beach where she lived for almost 50 years and served the community, police and enjoyed the YMCA. Opal is survived by her daughter, Janet Parish (Gary Brindza) of Ponce Inlet, who cared for her until she passed onto the better life. She is also survived by her brother-in-law, George Dale Parish of Scottsdale, AZ; her beloved grandchildren Scott Disbennett of Edgewater FL and Amy Sirmans of DeLand FL and her great-grandchildren Cooper and Maya Sirmans. Opal is predeceased by her husband of 71 years, Jack L Parish (2015), and their three sons Steven, Joe, and David Parish. Also deceased are her parents and two brothers Albert and Lee Yarde of Alexis IL. There will be a celebration of Opal at the Harbour Village Club House at 4622 Links Village Drive, Ponce Inlet, on Sunday 1/28, at 2 pm. A private family burial will be held at a later date at the VA Cape Canaveral National Cemetery where she will be interred with her husband. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association. We will always remember her with much love and happiness.


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  1. 21 Jan 2018
    Gary Brindza posted an image:
    Mother's Day 2016
    Mother's Day 2016

  2. 21 Jan 2018
    Gary Brindza posted an image:
    Opal and Jack -- 1944
    Opal and Jack -- 1944

  3. 21 Jan 2018
    Gary Brindza posted an image:
    Opal at her 91st birthday luncheon
    Opal at her 91st birthday luncheon

  4. 21 Jan 2018
    Gary Brindza posted an image:
    Opal and her bridge friends
    Opal and her bridge friends

  5. 20 Jan 2018
    Denise says:
    Opal was an extraordinary woman, and I feel so blessed to have known her here in Harbour Village. She touched so many lives, in a life well-lived.

  6. 18 Jan 2018
    Gary Brindza says:
    Opal, Opal, bright, shining star.
    Opal, Opal, she has not gone far.
    Smiling, laughing and joking too.
    She was so special to all she knew.

    Opal, mother, you were always there.
    Opal, grandma, Scott and Amy share.
    Opal, GiGi, for Copper and Maya too.
    Played her roles perfect, as older they grew.

    Opal, in law, such a sweet sweet soul.
    Loved by so many -- a great model role.
    I sure will miss her, Opalina mine.
    Smiling faced angel, jewel so divine.

  7. 14 Jan 2018
    Laurie Van Dusen lit a candle:
    Lit since January 14, 2018 at 1:41:20 PM

  8. 07 Jan 2018
    Beth Terhune McDonald says:
    Opal was a great friend of my Mom’s and introduced my parents. My sister and I spent many fun days with Opal in FL in our Spring Breaks. Many great memories!

  9. 07 Jan 2018
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  10. 07 Jan 2018
    Myriam Dwyer lit a candle:
    Lit since January 7, 2018 at 1:12:23 PM

  11. 07 Jan 2018
    Lisa says:
    Jan and Amy:
    Sending my love and warm thoughts to you as you grieve the loss of a wonderful role model to all that she met. It was a pleasure to know her.

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