Opal Luella Waggoner will celebrate her 95th birthday on Oct. 15.
She was born Oct. 15, 1918, in Enid, Okla., to Fred and Alta Harmon. She met the love of her life, Roy Waggoner, and they were married in Enid in 1938. He worked as an electrician for Pillsbury Mills in Enid. In 1947, they moved with their four children to Roy, where he had been transferred to the Pillsbury plant in West Ogden. Soon after moving, their fifth child was born. In 1959, their sixth child was born. She raised the children while he worked as an electrician until he retired in the late 1970s.
Through the years, vacations were taken as road trips to Oklahoma, national and state parks, and the western United States. The family spent time camping, hiking and water skiing. To counteract her fear of water while skiing, she wore a life vest and a ski belt. They even took up snow skiing in their 50s.
She has been a member of the Eastern Star, Queen Esther for 62 years. He died of emphysema and cancer in 1995. She was by his side every day, attending to his needs.
She has spent a few years at Country Pines Assisted Living. After a fall, she was relocated to Rocky Mountain Care Center in Clearfield. She enjoys the frequent visits from her children who take her on walks. She keeps her Bible by her bed.
Her children and spouses are Leroy and Joy Waggoner, Joan and Bill Wade, Jean and Ren Richins, Joyce "TC" and Joe Pickett, Fred and Dee Waggoner, and Robert and Kathy Waggoner. She has 13 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.