FOOSLAND — Opal Norrene Albin, 95, rural Foosland, passed away peacefully at 6 p.m. Monday (May 25, 2009) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, with her family at her side.
A Rebekah service was held Friday, May 29, followed by her funeral at Calvert-Belangee-Bruce Funeral Home, Bellflower, with the Rev. Steve Barrow officiating. Burial was in Bellflower Township Cemetery, Bellflower.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bellflower United Methodist Church, Bellflower, or the Owl Creek Rebekah Lodge, Fisher.
Mrs. Albin was born Dec. 4, 1913, at Fisher, a daughter of William A. “Ott” and Minnie Reed Loveless. She married Clifford Lester “Doc” Albin on Dec. 14, 1933, at Covington. He passed away Oct. 1, 1971.
Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Brown, Foosland; and a son, Robert (Rebecca) Albin, Bellflower; four grandchildren, Rachelle Albin Swartz, Phoenix, Ariz.; Clyde Brown, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Ryan (fiancee Kelly) Albin, Normal; and Raeanne (Peter) Stegemann, Avon, Ind.; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Chloe Stegemann; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and nine siblings.
Opal attended school in a one-room house in Lotus. Her life was one of service to others. She was a pianist and organist for more than 50 years at the Osman Walker Methodist Church, served in the fine arts department at the Fisher Fair over 40 years, served as a election judge for many years, past president of District 18 Rebekahs, past president of the Fisher Woman’s Club, served on the state scholarship committee, served Peace Meals at Saybrook for several years, crocheted lap robes for nursing homes and the VA Hospital, and was a former Sunday School teacher.
She was a member of the Bellflower United Methodist Church, Urbana Senior Citizens, Owl Creek Rebekah Lodge, Past Noble Grand Club, Zonar LARM at Fisher, McLean Ladies Encampment at LeRoy and the American Legion Auxiliary at Mahomet.
Opal enjoyed crocheting and playing the piano. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Opal was a perfect ray of sunshine to all who loved and knew her. She will be greatly missed.