|Birth: ||Oct. 6, 1885|
|Death: ||Dec. 15, 1969|
San Bernardino County
Opal Grove Markey was born in Kirksville, Adair County, Missouri, on October 6, 1885, the first of two children born to John Henry Markey Jr., a grocer, and Henrietta ("Rettie") Evelyn Dabney.
At the time of her birth, Opal's father, John, was 39 and her mother, Rettie, was 17. Opal's middle name -- Grove -- came from the physician who delivered her, Dr. F. A. Grove of Kirksville. John and Rettie Markey would eventually have a second child, Thomas Earl Markey, also born in Kirksville, in 1888. John and Rettie subsequently divorced around 1889-1890.
In 1907, at age 22, Opal received her Pd.B. (Bachelor of Pedagogy) degree from Northeastern Missouri State Teachers College in Kirksville, Missouri. A year behind her at the same college was William Robert Adams, her future husband.
In 1910, Opal served a stint as a public schoolteacher in Grangeville, Idaho. Two years later, on June 10, 1912, Opal married William ("Will") Adams in Quincy, Adams County, Illinois. In 1918, while residing in Kirksville, Missouri, Opal and Will welcomed their first child, a daughter, Miriam. A son, William Robert Adams Jr., was also born in Kirksville in 1922.
In 1923, Will Adams went west to scout southern California for a suitable place to live and, upon finding it, sent for his family. Opal (who was pregnant with the couple's third child), daughter Miriam, son William ("Bob") and Opal's widowed mother, Rettie Dabney Markey Baldwin Scott, took the train west to Ontario in San Bernardino County. Will soon established Adams Hardware on Euclid Avenue in downtown Ontario, and the business thrived. Their third and final child, daughter Virgina Ann, was born in neighboring Upland in December of 1923. The family made their home at 121 East Granada Court in Ontario.
Opal was soon reunited with a number of family members who also moved west from Missouri to the Ontario-Upland area, including her brother, Earl; her half-sister, Ethelyn Weber, and her half-brother, Waldo Scott. Opal was widowed in October 1957 upon the death of her husband, Will Adams.
Opal continued to live in Ontario up until her death on December 15, 1969, at age 84. She was entombed in Bellevue Mausoleum at Bellevue Cemetery in Ontario, alongside her husband, Will.
Henrietta Evelyn Dabney Scott (1868 - 1950)
William Robert Adams (1887 - 1957)
Miriam Elizabeth Adams Kendall (1918 - 2008)*
William Robert Adams (1922 - 2011)*
Virginia Ann Adams Hewitt (1923 - 1996)*
Bellevue Cemetery and Mausoleum
San Bernardino County
Created by: Douglas
Record added: Oct 09, 2010
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