Opal Mayfield née Mathes died peacefully at the Integris Hospice House on November 6, 2017 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the age of 84.
Opal is survived by her son and daughters: William Lee and Laurie Raetz of King City, California; Vickie and Guy Nix of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Sheri Kingsbury of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Denise and Sid Williams of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Faye Mitchell of Yukon, Oklahoma and Kelly and Jim Milligan of Mustang, Oklahoma. Opal is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild, numerous nieces and nephews, and also her beloved poodle, Charlie. She is preceded in death by her husband, Merle Mayfield, her mother and father, and her twelve siblings.
Opal was born on November 13, 1932 in Maud, Oklahoma, to Otis Lee Mathes and Ellen Mae Roundsaville Mathes. She and her family moved from Oklahoma to California during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. She married William "Bill" Gable Raetz in 1948 in Reno, Nevada, at the age of fifteen. The two had six children together and would later divorce in 1967. Opal would then meet Merle Mayfield, in San Luis Obispo, California, and they later married in Tijuana, Mexico in 1969. The two were married for 23 years before Merle passed away in 1992.
Opal worked in Oklahoma City at the Little Giant Pump Company for 20 years before she retired in 1992. Opal was best known for her quick wit and sense of humor. She was skilled in the kitchen, cooking meals for her extensive family especially during the holiday season. Opal enjoyed going to the casino and playing Blackjack and the Slot Machines. She also enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas and California. She enjoyed talking on the phone, playing dominoes, and watching Family Feud, Oklahoma Football and Thunder Basketball.
Visitation will be held 7-8pm Friday, November 10, 8am-8pm Saturday, November 11, and 12-8pm Sunday, November 12.
A celebration of Opal's life will be held 2pm Monday, November 13 in the Chapel at Resthaven, with interment to follow in Resthaven Memory Gardens.