Opal B. Hawbaker
September 01, 1912 ‒ January 24, 2015
LEXINGTON: Opal B. Hawbaker, 102, of Lexington passed away Saturday evening, January 24, 2015 in Lexington Court Care Center.
The daughter of Ernest and Jewel (James) Swadley, Opal was born September 1, 1912 in Lockwood, Missouri. As a young girl she moved from Lockwood to Elmore, Minnesota.
On August 15, 1930 she married David Hawbaker.
Hard working, Opal balanced family life with work, but kept Christ as the center of her life. A faithful Christian, she offered a spiritual foundation to her children and grandchildren. As a servant of the Lord, Opal loved to care for others and many times opened her house to guests, offering both a warm meal and a place to rest.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting and knitting. Opal knitted hats for newborn babies and sewed outfits for her grandchildren. Opal took pride in her extensive doll collection, and even made custom outfits and wardrobes for her dolls.
In 2005, Opal moved to Mansfield where she attended Berean Baptist Church.
She is survived by her children Mildred Barton of Kerrville, Texas, David (Juanita) Hawbaker of Lebanon, Kentucky, Jane Bard of Mansfield, Elsie Gaye (Bill) Wood of Garland, Texas, and Retha (Gary) Fox of Garland, Texas; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband David Hawbaker; sister Ernestine Chamberlain; grandson Jeff Bard; sons-in-law Eddie Bard, Harold Barton, and Chuck Hanson.
A memorial service will be Tuesday evening, January 27, 2015 at 7 pm in the chapel at Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, Ohio where calling hours will be held the hour prior.
Memorial contributions to MedCentral Hospice may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com