Opal B. Hawbaker

September 01, 1912 ‒ January 24, 2015

Lexington, Ohio

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

  • thank the Lord for opals long life to serve Him. I sat under Her and Davids teaching for many years. The House near lake mills where they lived for a while is only 1/2 mile from my daughters House. My mother and I were just talking about Opal 2 weeks ago. My mother is 98. Blessed are they who die in the Lord.

  • It was a privilege to be Opal and David Hawbaker as their pastor in Blue Earth, Minnesota. The privilege to serve that great church was wonderful, but it was a greater privilege when they referred to me as “their pastor.” Both served the Lord many years and were wonderful resources of stories that covered the gamut of humor, heart ache and most of all, God’s wonderful grace. Throughout my years with them I can say they were gracious, even in times when they didn’t agree with decisions. Always supportive and always gave me much joy. Opal has the distinction of being the only person, in my 40+ years of ministry to have two cars catch on fire. She always has been a great inspiration in her (and David’s) great generosity. As far as I know they never had Social Security but they had God’s. She would often come in during the week with an offering that came from a conviction to give to a certain need or rose from unexpected money. She was also an example of dedication to her husband. They were a team in everything they did, from construction and clean-ups of property to projects around the house. I never knew what adventures she would come and share. I still miss them but look forward to seeing them again. Thanks, Opal and Dave for the memories and inspiration. You served, loved and lived well.