Obituary: Opal Tenney Goodman Allen
Opal Tenney Goodman Allen passed from this earth Thursday, March 27, 2008.
She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, daughter, aunt, sister and friend. Her husbands, Everett Lee Goodman, father of her eight children, Merle M. Allen and son Larry Dean Goodman have preceded her in death.
Opal is survived by seven children, Jackie (Goodman) Singleton of Utah, William Hardy Goodman of Arizona, Lynda (Goodman) Barney of Utah, Sandra (Goodman) Reid of Arizona, April (Goodman) Roundy of Arizona, Rock T. Goodman, Arizona, and Lark (Goodman) Cyr of Arizona; 45 grandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Eudora (Tenney) Patterson and Pearl (Tenney) Romney; and one brother, Lyman Tenney.
Opal was born in Sunset, Ariz., on March 29, 1913, to Nathan O. and Myrtle Tenney. She was the fourth of their 10 children. When Opal was 12 years old, she moved with her family to Prescott, Ariz. On Nov. 30, 1932, she married Everett Lee Goodman. They moved to Idaho in 1942 where she lived until 1960.
In 1957 her husband Everett passed away, leaving Opal a widow with seven unmarried children. In July of 1960, Opal married Merle M. Allen of Prescott and has resided there for 48 years.
Opal has served as a Republican Precinct Committeeperson for 65 years. She is
known as the "Mother of Yavapai College" in Prescott for her diligent work in its foundation. She was State PTA President and was devoted to her community and country. She has held various leadership positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and loved serving others. Opal was a resident of the Arizona Pioneers' Home at the time of her passing.
Opal has left an indelible legacy and will be greatly missed. She will always be remembered for her unwavering faith in God, her love of family and her patriotism. She walked the talk of a positive mental attitude.
Her viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2008, at Heritage Memory Mortuary, 131 Grove Ave., Prescott, Ariz.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 29, 2008. A viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with an 11 a.m. service at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,
1101 Sandretto Drive, Prescott, Ariz. Internment at Arizona Pioneers' Home Cemetery.
Heritage Memory Mortuary assisted the family with arrangements.
Information provided by survivors.