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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Opal E. Wimmer, age 96, a resident of Fort Scott, Kan., died Monday, Sept. 13, 2010, at the Freeman West Hospital in Joplin, Mo.

She was born June 2, 1914, near Fulton, Kan., the daughter of James Henry White and Phoebe Dorsey White.

She graduated from Fulton High School where she played on the basketball team. She enjoyed bowling as well.

She worked for Kresses store in Fort Scott.

She married John Arthur Wimmer in 1935.

In 1955, Opal and John moved to California where they owned and operated an insurance agency.

After John died in 1965, Opal made her home with her brother Joe White, his wife Bonnie, and their two boys, Keith and Kent.

While in California, she was a member of the Downey Free Methodist Church. There she spent many hours working in various capacities for the church.

She moved back to Fort Scott in 1990.

The last several years, niece Ellen Geneva has watched out for Opal's care while she was able to stay in her own home.

During her last few months, Kent's wife, Shirley, oversaw her care in the Joplin area.

Survivors include two brothers, Joe White and Leonard White and wife Betty, all of Fort Scott; one sister, Beulah Bryant, White House, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Charles, Ernest, and Lloyd White; five sisters, Gracie White, Mildred Ashford, Ethel Coon, Mary Doubledee, and Edna Beth; as well as her parents.

Rev. Gary Joe White will conduct graveside services for Opal Wimmer at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, in the Evergreen Cemetery, Fort Scott.

The family will receive friends from 12 p.m. until leaving for the cemetery at 12:45 p.m. at the Cheney Witt Chapel.

Memorials are suggested to the Gideons and may be left in care of Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701.

Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at cheneywitt.com.