Opal Olivia Skilling (nee Bannert)

September 28, 1924 – December 8, 2014

With deep sadness Opal’s family announces the passing of a great lady. Opal is survived by her sister Viola, sister in law Marjorie, sons Robert (Anneke), Richard (Dorrie), grandchildren; Laura (Joe), Robert Jr. (Kristy) Corey (Terry), Jaime, Kiera (Peter) and great-grandchildren; Brett, Kendra, Emily and Emma. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews as well as her Brothers and Sisters from local 378 (15) who helped her become the legend she was. Opal has gone to heaven after a long and active life to meet with her life partner Jack, her parents, siblings and loved ones who have predeceased her. We were blessed to see her to her 90th Birthday this year. With a pioneer spirit Opal served in the labour movement for decades, fighting for equality and women’s rights. Along with 15 other women, Opal created and later became Secretary Treasurer of Cope 15 (378) of which she was named an Honorary Lifetime member. Opal was a member of the Labour Relations Board and was also active in her community, she always acted and supported the less fortunate. She lived most of her life in Vancouver, after retirement she decided to put her “rocking chair” in Grand Forks to be with her sons. Nothing was more important to her than her ‘Clan” her family and friends. Opal’s life was lived well and to the fullest, the proof is in the Legacy she has left behind. We’ll keep our memories of you near and pass them on to those who are dear, holding you close to our hearts always, Your Family. We like to thank Opal’s doctor and the staff of Sunshine Manor who took such loving care of Opal during her short stay with them. In lieu of flowers, donations to any education program would be appreciated. No service will be held on Opal’s request, celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

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