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Opal G. McLain

Opal G. McLain passed away peacefully at her home in Sublimity, OR with loved ones by her side, on December 3, 2011. Opal Gertrude Mize was born October 9, 1917 in Parkston SD, to Harley Mize and Adelia Phillips Mize.  They moved to Oregon in 1935, settling in W. Salem, where she worked for the Oregon State Unemployment Commission. During her part time tenure at The Cottonwoods Dance Hall in Albany, she met Frank “Scotty” McLain, whom she married February 11, 1945.  They celebrated 62 years of marriage before he passed in March 2007.

She and Scotty started their lives together in the Brownsville – Harrisburg area where Scotty worked for Irwin and Marie Kampfer at the Diamond K Ranch. They made their way to Portland, where she worked several years as the office manager-service station bookkeeper for Jim Keep at the Edwin K. Williams and Co. 

In 1969, she and Scotty moved to Elkhorn Woods on the Little North Fork, where she became a retired housewife for the first time, with just one of  her three children left at home.  She became very involved with her daughter’s class at Santiam HS in Mill City, where she and her husband were members of the Santiam Wolverine Booster Club, went to every basketball game and were asked to chaperone several of the functions at school until her daughter graduated in 1975.  At that time they were given an award of appreciation for all of the time they contributed, and even recently in her passing was fondly  remembered by one of those class members as being the “class Mom.” 

In 1974, she and her family moved from Elkhorn Woods to Pioneer Road on the Little North Fork, not far from Taylor Park, and was there 35 years.

Opal worked for Young and Morgan Co at the N. Santiam Plywood office in Mill City, for about 10 years before retiring in 1982.  While there, she worked as the payroll clerk, hired new employees, worked with employees health insurance as well as SAIF and Workmen’s Comp. Insurance and numerous other tasks, including organizing the Young & Morgan Company picnic every summer at Fishermen’s Bend Park in Mill City.

After retirement, she and her husband enjoyed travelling and camping with their 5th wheel with neighbors, friends and family.   They belonged to a Good Sam Camping Club, plus were share owners in a coastal campground, called Chinook Bend, where they spent several camping trips with their grandson, Eric.  They also made a yearly camping trip to Prineville Reservoir.

She moved to the McKillop House at Marian Estates in January 2009, after the passing of her husband, Scotty.  She and her cats, Dawn and Midnight loved living there, and was always heard saying how happy she was to be living there.

Opal was preceded in death by her husband, Scotty, her father and mother, an infant sister, her brother LeRoy Mize, sister Geniece Mize, and granddaughter Christie McLain.  She is survived by her three children and their families; daughter, Doreen and Robert Akers of Albany, OR; son, AF Retired CMSgt Denny and Carole McLain of Surprise, AZ, daughter Debbie and Jack Loftin of Stayton, OR.   Grandchildren Scott and Renee McLain of Ft. Worth TX; Jessica and Jon Joling, and Johanna Akers of Albany, OR and Joshua Akers of Ft. Worth Texas; Eric and Dorothy Loftin, Gary and Araya Loftin, Colby Loftin and fiance’ Erika Orr, and Betsy Loftin, all of Stayton.

Great-Grandchildren Brianna and Brandon McLain of Phoenix AZ, and Lance and Samone McLain of Ft. Worth TX., Savannah Partridge of Albany, OR., and Miciela Loftin of Stayton, OR. 

Opal was a member of the Mehama Community Church, where she and Scotty attended before having to move to Sublimity.

Memorial services will be Thursday, January 5th at 3:00 p.m. at the McKillop Residence, 500 Conifer Circle, Sublimity.  A private family burial of she and Scotty’s ashes will be held later in the spring.

Serving the family North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton, OR.

 

 


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