Opal M. Ford Barron

Opal M. Ford Barron, 98, Pipestone, died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022 at Good Samaritan Communities of Pipestone.

Visitation will be held Friday, Aug. 19 from 1-2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Pipestone.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

Interment will be in New Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone.

Opal M. Ford Barron was born on Jan. 17, 1924 to William and Margaret (Axelson) Yackley in rural Rock County, Minn. She attended School District 75 and graduated from Luverne High School in Luverne in 1942. She was very active in 4-H becoming the Minnesota State President in 1942.

She married Louis Eldon Ford on Oct. 22, 1943 at the First Presbyterian Church in Beaver Creek. The couple lived in Miami, Fla., from 1943 to 1945 while Eldon was in military service. In 1945 they moved to a farm in Gray Township, Pipestone County where they made their home and raised their six children.

Eldon preceded her in death in November of 1973. Opal continued to live on the family farm until she married Meredith Barron on April 1, 1989. After their marriage, Opal moved to Meredith’s farm in rural Moody County, S.D. In 2013, the couple moved into the Edgewood Senior Living facility in Flandreau, S.D.

Meredith preceded her in death on June 28, 2017. Opal became a resident at the Good Samaritan Communities in Pipestone in September of 2021.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Pipestone where she taught Sunday School. She was a member of the World Organization of China Painters and the International China Painters Organization.

She is survived by her children, David (Candice) Ford, Stratford, Wis., James (Coleen) Ford, Ankeny, Iowa, Rebecca (Michael) Sigmond, Pipestone, Jerome (Martha) Ford, Zeeland, Mich., Clayton (Geraldine) Ford, Greenville, N.Y., George (Cynthia) Ford, Sherburn and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Meredith’s children, Larry (Twila) Barron, and Linda (Mike) Wagner.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Eldon Ford; second husband, Meredith; parents, William and Margaret Yackley; sister, Margorie Clausen and brothers, Vincent, Adrian and Leo.

(Hartquist Funeral Home,

Pipestone Chapel)