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Opal P. Conley

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“I came to know Opal when she and her husband John were ditchriders for The Granada Irrigation Company. She did as much hard labor as did her...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Clyde Kennedy - Granadda - friend

“What a sweetheart Opal was! She was one of the older students in our LPN class in lajunta in 1971-72. She was like having a mother in our classes...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Linda Springer - Lamar, CO

“Jessie, Vera and John, Your mom is part of the memories that bound us all together as kids when we lived north of Holly. She always worked hard, but...Read More »
3 of 6 | Posted by: Kenny Cartwright - Lamar, CO

“John, Vera and all, I was so sorry to hear about your Mother. Find comfort in knowing that she is with her Savior. If there is anything at all that...Read More »
4 of 6 | Posted by: Kathy Allen Liles - Lamar, CO

“I have such fond memories of Opal and her family. When she lived "across the road" from our house, I would go over and see her all the time. One time...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Roxanna McManess - Eagan, MN

“Lori and I wish to express our condolences and prayers. ”
6 of 6 | Posted by: Tim & Lori Speer - Easthampton, MA


Opal began her journey on November 17, 1920 at the Speer homestead north of Holly to John and Alice Speer. She graduated from Holly High in 1939. She married Lewis Cathcart in January of 1939. To this union five children were born; Jessie Faye, Vera Mae, Wanda Kay, Gilbert Ray, and John Jay. They engaged in farming north of Holly until Lewis got sick. After Lewis got better they ran a dairy at the homestead north of Holly. They moved to town and ran the Old Holly Hotel for a while. Opal worked at several stores in Holly; Gambles, Reyman's, and L&M Drug. Lewis passed away in March of 1971. After the passing of her husband, Opal went to floral arranging school and worked for Jessie's Posies until they sold. She then attended nursing school. After graduation she went to work for Holly Nursing Care Center as one of their first nurses. This is where she met John Conley. They were then married September 5, 1978. This marriage brought three siblings, Buddy, Toni, and Rick Conley. Opal and John engaged in ditch riding for the Granada and Buffalo ditches. They retired in 1997. John passed away in November of 1999. Opal sewed, quilted and pieced quilts, and patched many things. Opal loved to help anyone that needed her help. She could about do it all. Her journey ended September 10, 2013 at the Holly Nursing Care Center at the age of 92.
She is preceded in death by her parents, John and Alice Speer; three siblings, Leland Speer, John L. Speer, and Eva Anderson; children, Gilbert (Butch) Cathcart, Wanda McCann; and husbands, Lewis Cathcart and John Conley.
She is survived by two sisters, Luella Leach and Della Jenkins; sister-in-law, Jo Speer; three children, Jessie Miller, Vera Hendrickson, and John Cathcart; three step-children, Buddy Conley, Rick Conley, and Toni Whitney; 17 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren with 3 arriving soon; 2 great great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends