On August 30, 1920, Wesley and Viola (Rayborn) Slaughter welcomed a beautiful baby girl into their family. They must have thought she was a jewel because they named her Ruby Opal. She was the last survivor of this family, having been preceded in death by her parents; six brothers, Norman, George, Albert, Ray, Wesley Jr. and Troy; and one sister, Marie Yetter. Opal entered into eternal rest on June 9, 2017, in Joplin, Mo.
She worked in manufacturing for many years, then went to school and became a hairdresser until her retirement at which time she returned to her farm assisting in all phases of farm life.
In February 1937, Opal was united in marriage to Harold L. Smith, and to this union two children were born, Viola Mae and Harold Eugene (now deceased). They later divorced and in 1962 she married another Smith, Lawrence (Red) Smith. They enjoyed their antique cars, parades, fishing and traveling. Lawrence passed away in 1993.
Opal was a meticulous housekeeper, who enjoyed entertaining and large family dinners. She was a Baptist by faith and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.
Opal is survived by her daughter, Viola Mae Neece and husband, Wayne, of Joplin; five grandchildren, Rodney Neece (Lori), of Joplin, Tina Smith (John Goodwin), of Republic, Mo., Tracy Smith (Kandi), Tony Smith (Rachelle) and Travis Smith (Cindy), all of rural Seneca, Mo.; 16 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; one stepson, John Smith (Katherine), of Tiff City, Mo.; two step-grandchildren, Jeffrey Smith and Angela Ackerman; numerous nieces and nephews who fondly called her Aunt Opal; three sisters-in-law, Betty Sowder, of West Plains, Mo., Ruth Smith, of Sarcoxie, Mo., and Grace Linthicum, of Joplin; and many faithful friends. In addition to her parents, siblings, son and husband, Opal is preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Shirley Smith; great- granddaughter, Tara; and stepson, Frank Smith.
Services will be held Thursday, June 15, at 3 p.m. at Clark Funeral Home, in Neosho, Mo., with Rev. John Wilkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Oakwood Cemetery, southwest of Neosho, and serving as pallbearers will be great- grandsons, Todd Copeland, Tim Copeland, Trent Smith, Trey Smith, Nathan Smith, Grant Smith and Garrett Smith. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. prior to the service.
Contributions, in memory of Opal, may be made to the Missouri Baptist Children's Home, in care of Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 66, Neosho, MO 64850.
Online condolences may be posted at www.clarkfuneralhomes.com.
Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Neosho.
Published on June 13, 2017