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Opal Marie Hicks Anderson
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Birth: unknown
Death: Feb. 27, 2009

ODESSA - Opal Marie "Rose" Hicks Anderson, 97, died Friday, Feb. 27, 2009.

Services were 2 p.m. Monday in First Baptist Church in Shamrock with her grandson, Keith Ralston, and great-grandson, Chad Glover, officiating. Burial will be in Shamrock Cemetery by Sunset Memorial Funeral Home.

Opal Marie "Rose" Hicks Anderson left us to be with Jesus, her Savior, on Feb. 27, 2009.

Rose moved to Wheeler County with her family in a covered wagon in the early 1900s from Arlington. Her family members were farmers and ranchers and lived just east of the Lela community. She went to school at Lela and graduated from high school in Shamrock, where she was a member of the FUN club, Flappers Under Nineteen. She met W.N. "Dick" Anderson when they were children and married him on Jan. 6, 1933. She worked at the carbon black plant in Dumas during World War II, and after the war she and Dick moved back to Lela to farm. She worked side by side with him, farming and raising cattle.

In 1958, she took a job at Lela school, cooking lunch and driving the school bus. The kids there will never forget her delicious lunches and lessons in good manners, and still talk about her influence in their lives and the lives of their children. She worked there for 37 years. After Dick died in 1971, she continued farming and ranching with the help of her family until she was well into her 80s. She taught how to laugh, love, work hard and face life with your chin out and unafraid, simply by the way she lived her life. What a legacy she has left us. May each of us try every day to live up to those lessons and may we never forget all the wonderful memories she has left behind.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dick Anderson; her son Jimmie Al Anderson; her great-grandson, James Ralston; her parents, Charlie and Susie Hicks; three brothers, Essie, Jess and J.T. Hicks; and two sisters, Ola Braxton and Josie O'Grady.

Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Jerry Ralston of Odessa; two brothers, Cecil "Toby" Hicks of Shamrock and Paul Hicks of St. Louis; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

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Amarillo Globe-News, March 3, 2009

Shamrock Cemetery
Shamrock (Wheeler County)
Wheeler County
Texas, USA
Created by: Kenneth D. Bogard
Record added: Mar 03, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34380705
Opal Marie <i>Hicks</i> Anderson
Added by: Geneaological Society
Opal Marie <i>Hicks</i> Anderson
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Opal Marie <i>Hicks</i> Anderson
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