Opal Baldwin was born July 20, 1928, the firstborn child of Roy and Bea Berkley in Driggs, Idaho. She was joined by Lola, Trilma, JoAnn, and Roy. The family moved to Colorado, where she grew up. She told many stories of her life there.

In March 1952, she married Ed Baldwin and moved to his home in Eureka. They shared 62½ years together. Three children were born to them: Sandra, Stephen and Kevin.

She valued her family, creating a loving home and taking excellent care of their needs.

Serving at her church was important to her. She was a greeter for many years at the Eureka Nazarene church. When her oldest child became a teen, there wasn’t a youth group. So, Opal started one! Oh, the fun we had at the parties and laughter filled car rides as she took everyone home.

A big part of her life for 21 years was her work as an Instructional Aide for Eureka City Schools. Her gentle loving way helped many children and coworkers.

She had such wisdom because of her devotion to Jesus, and the many hours of prayer each day for her special people…..and we were all her special people.

In 2009, she and Ed moved to Anderson to be closer to family. After Ed’s death, she moved to River Commons Retirement Center, and brightened up the place with her beautiful smile. When it was necessary to move to Assisted Living, she touched so many lives of residents and staff with her smile, interest and listening ear and loving prayers.

Opal’s journey on this earth ended November 1, 2018 in Redding.

A memorial service will be held at the Eureka Nazarene Church on November 18 at 3 p.m.


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