Opal Verlene Hardy
Opal Verlene Hardy, died December 1, 2012 at Provena Cor Mariae in Rockford, Illinois.
Opal was born January 24, 1919, in Cleopatra, Missouri. The daughter of Charles Wesley and Louella Dickerson Rampley, she was the forth oldest of nine children. From a very early age, she worked in her father’s general store in West Point, Illinois where she had to stand on a crate to candle eggs and operate the cash register.
While attending Bowen Senior High, which she graduated from in 1936, she played first base for an all-female baseball (not softball) team. While attending a game, she met her future husband, Wayne E.
Hardy, whom she married in September of 1939. Opal and Wayne settled in Hannibal, Missouri where they raised three children: Sandra, Ted and Wayne, Jr.
Opal worked as a stenographer and receptionist with the Missouri State Employment office for 36 years.
Her oldest sister, Mildred, came to live with the family in 1951 which allowed Opal to work full–time. something that was unusual for the day.
Even in retirement, Opal enjoyed keeping busy. She moved to Illinois in 1987 where she become a member of the Old Stone Church in Rockton and, also, worked part-time at Breck’s Hallmark shop in
Machesney Park.
Throughout her life, Opal enjoyed spending time with her family – particularly her great-grandchildren, and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Opal spent the last seven years of her life at Provena Cor Mariae in Rockford, Illinois where she was very close with the wonderful staff – particularly Ashley, Bill and Cindy.
She is survived by two sons, Ted Hardy of Glendale, Arizona, and Wayne Hardy, Jr. of Tulsa Oklahoma; her brother, Charlie Rampley of Montrose, Iowa; three grandchildren, Terri (Brad) Kemp of Roscoe,
Illinois, Beth (Rocky) Anderson of Walhalla, South Carolina and Brad Hardy of Glendale, Arizona; and five great-grandchildren, Andy, Katie and Clay Kemp of Roscoe, Illinois, Nate Anderson of Portage,
Wisconsin, and Rachel Anderson of Clio, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, seven siblings and her daughter.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, followed by services at 11 a.m. at Grand View Funeral Home in Hannibal. Burial will follow at Grand View Burial Park.