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.
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.