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Opal Secreta Kennedy

Funeral for Opal Secreta Kennedy, 89, Lawton, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cameron Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Teel, pastor, officiating.

Mrs. Kennedy died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, in Lawton.

Burial will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Strong City Cemetery, Strong City, under direction of Becker-Rabon Funeral Home.

She was born Aug. 23, 1924, at Strong City, to John W. and Cora J. Rogers. She grew up in the Strong City area. She married Doyle Walker on May 4, 1940, in Cheyenne. He died Dec. 24, 1981. She married Floyd Kennedy of Lawton on Sept. 8, 1998. Opal graduated from Sayre Junior College in 1956 and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford in 1958, and a master's degree in home economics in 1962. She taught home economics, science and English in Cooperton from 1959 to 1964. In 1964, she moved to Lawton, where she worked with Comanche County Home Extension Service until 1967, when she began teaching science and English at Eisenhower Junior High in Lawton. She retired on May 31, 1991. As a young mother, Opal labored tirelessly on the family farm to provide for her growing family. She realized that the way to a better life lay in education. This required persistent and extraordinary determination. After years of hard work and great sacrifice, she completed high school and then overcame even greater challenges to obtain her college diploma in three years while caring for five children. Opal loved children and had always harbored a desire to teach. She was an accomplished and caring instructor with a calm but persistent demeanor that inspired and encouraged learning. 

Survivors include her husband, of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Tonia Mae Walker, Harrison, Tenn.; four daughters and sons-in-law: Charlene and Donnie Fink, Mustang; Irene and Jack Tyler, Lawton; Joyce and Don McFarland, Edmond; and Faye Glass, Plano, Texas; 15 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren. 

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and three sisters.

An online guest book and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.

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