Opal Yvonne Mehus, 92, of Missoula passed away on Thursday, April 1, 2021 at home of natural causes. Her home for the past 19 years was Grizzly Peak Retirement Home.
Opal was born on July 5, 1928, in Williston, North Dakota to Silas and Otelia Hillstead. As a young girl she lived on a farm outside of Williston. She was educated in local schools and after graduating from high school she worked at the Williston Court House during the oil boom of that time.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, husband Alfred Mehus, her sister Marjorie Semmens and brothers Dale Hillstead, Lyle Hillstead, and Wayne Hillstead.
Opal is survived by her children; Paulette Floyd of Missoula, MT, Lynn Geesey of Missoula, MT, Robyn Gajjar of Henderson, NV and Scott Mehus of Ontario, OR, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Opal’s interests included camping, needlepoint, baking, sewing, pinochle, reading, canning fruits and vegetables, church activities, and family reunions. She gained great pleasure shopping for her grandchildren and was known for her blue ribbon winning dill pickles.
Opal lived with macular degeneration for nearly 25 years but still participated in social activities, church and bus trips. She was an independent woman.
She was a long-time member of the Atonement Lutheran Church and enjoyed attending services until her health prevented it.
Her passion in giving was to the Montana Food Bank Network. She never wanted anyone to go hungry and was committed to contributing to feeding the hungry in Missoula. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Montana Food Bank Network.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the caretakers from Frontier Hospice who were instrumental in providing Opal with comfort in her last hours and in her passing.
A celebration of life will be held June 1 at 1:00 p.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church in Missoula followed by interment at Sunset Memorial Cemetery.