We are so sorry for your loss. With my mother Marjorie Perry, we enjoyed seeing Opal and Sheldon at their recent wedding anniversary celebration in Shenandoah. It was great talking to so many family members that we don't often get to see.
Opal Marie (Toland) Jones was born July 15, 1921 on a farm east of Randolph, IA. She passed away peacefully in her home on January 18, 2019.
She was born to Harry and Esther Toland, The family settled in the Northboro, IA area. As a senior, Opal was a member of the Little Seven Conference championship team of 1938. She also represented Northboro in the Miss Iowa Beauty Pageant.
Opal married Ermal Sheldon Jones on September 12, 1941 at the Northboro Methodist Church. The pair eventually bought a farm south of Coin where they raised their two children Suzanne and Kevin. In September of 2018 they celebrated 77 years of marriage.
Opal spent her life working the farm with Sheldon, raising her children and later on supporting and cheering on her grandchildren. She was an avid sports enthusiast and active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, a stillborn son, 6 siblings: Elliot, Geraldine, Leota, Paul, Frances and Bill; her daughter-in-law Joy Jones and numerous other family and friends.
She is survived by her husband Sheldon, daughter Suzanne (Paul) Richle, son Kevin, sisters Nancy Finley and Rosemary Oblock, 9 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shenandoah.
Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., Friday, January 25, 2019 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Shenandoah.
Burial will be held at the Union Grove Cemetery in Northboro.
Memorials may be directed to the Perpetual Education Fund for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Opal was a great lady. Known her since I was a little girl. She was a sharp lady who kept up on politics and sports. My mom did her hair for probably 40 years so I used to see her weekly. Many memories. God Bless, Jennifer (Edwards) Sells
Kevin, Sheldon and Suzanne - and all the family members..... my sincere sympathy for your loss. Opal was my Mom's best friend - talking all the time and getting their hair done together each week. I enjoyed keeping in touch with her after my Mom passed away. She was a great lady with a great loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you manage the next days, weeks, months, years. I will be sure to light a candle for all of you at Mass this week. JoAnn Murrell
Kevin, I am so sad to hear that your dear mother has passed on. Our most sincere condolences to the entire family. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you.
Sheldon and family: Sympathy for your loss. Opal was such a nice lady and will be greatly missed. keeping you in my prayers and thoughts
Sheldon and Family: I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Opal. I did not know her all that well, but every time I met her she had time to visit. Please accept my deepest sympathy and know that you are in my prayers.