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Opal Irene Husted

Opal Irene Husted, age 78, of Mena, Arkansas, died Friday, September 17, 2021, at the Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock, Arkansas. She was born on Tuesday, November 10, 1942, to Homer and Myrtle Nunn Palmer in Glover, Oklahoma.

Opal loved the Lord and her love for Jesus guided everything she did throughout her life. She attended the Feed My Sheep Church and the Mena Church of God. Opal came from very little and was very proud of the life that she and her late husband, Russell, had built. She could be stubborn at times but was one of the most loving people you could ever meet. Opal always wanted to make sure everyone she knew was loved and felt welcome. She always kept up with all the family and grandchildren and always made sure they knew how loved they were. Opal was a breast cancer survivor and regularly donated to breast cancer awareness and St. Jude’s Children’s hospital. She also operated a food ministry out of the church as well as a prison ministry with Russell. She loved to listen to Elvis and gospel hymns. Opal was a talented cook and loved to make homemade comfort food for her family and friends. She made the best soups, the most delicious pies, and an amazing pot-roast. She absolutely cherished all her family and expressed her love for Jesus and her family in all her actions. Opal was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and a great friend who will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her loving husband, Russell Husted; her brother, J.W. Palmer; and her sister, Cathy Dyer.

Opal is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Randy and Theresa Webster of Huffman, Texas, Terry Dittmann of Lavaca, Arkansas, and Michael and Kristy Husted of Mena; two stepsons and daughter-in-law, Russell and Rachel Husted of Yelm, Washington, Delbert and Elainey Husted of Huffman, Texas; three stepdaughters and son-in-law, Staci and Jimmy Hosford of Houston, Texas, Sharon Pretti of Oregon, Diana Goodyear of Nevada; one brother and sister-in-law, Clyde and Sue Palmer of Valiant, Oklahoma; one sister, Wanda Campbell of Valliant, Oklahoma; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, September 22, 2021, at 11 a.m. at the Mena Church of God with Pastor Cecil Willis officiating. Interment will follow in the Concord Cemetery in Ink under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas.

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