Opal Maxine Anderson was born September 7, 1921 in Dix, Nebraska to Robert Earl Peterson and Hedvie Josephine Johnson Peterson. She went to her heavenly home on June 18, 2017. She was raised in Dix and graduated from high school there. She earned a bachelor's and master's degree from Nebraska State Teachers' College at Chadron, Nebraska. She completed additional post-graduate work through the University of Idaho at Moscow, ID.
On January 17, 1943 she was married to Paul Albin Anderson at Dix, Nebraska. After Paul returned home from service in W.W. II they farmed in Western Nebraska and Opal completed twelve years of teaching there. In 1961 she moved with her husband and two daughters to Coeur d'Alene, ID where they purchased a farm in French Gulch. She and her husband lived there for thirty-five years. In 1961 Opal started teaching at Borah School and completed twenty-two terms there before retiring in 1983. She had teaching experience in every grade from kindergarten through grade twelve.
She was a world traveler and visited over sixty countries, six continents, and sailed on eleven cruises. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Coeur d'Alene where she helped with Sunday school, music, choir, and Board of Deacons. She was a member of Martha Circle, "Pairs & Spares" (group leader), and Presbyterian Women's Association. She was also active and held offices in Alpha Delta Kappa, International Honorary Teachers' Sorority; North Idaho Retired Educators' Association; Rambling Rover's Senior Travel Club; Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies' Auxiliary Post #889; American Alliance for Retired Americans; Mica Flats Grange; and Christian Women's Club. She was inducted into the Idaho Educator's Hall of Fame in 1992. In 1996 she was presented with "A Community Service Award" by the City of Coeur d'Alene and the Coeur d'Alene Arts Commission.
In 1996 Paul and Opal sold the farm and had a home built in Leisure Park of Hayden, Idaho where they continued to reside. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents; a brother, Robert W. Peterson and wife, Faye; and an infant daughter, Marian Louise Anderson.
She is survived by a daughter, Nancy Anderson of Pocatello, ID; a daughter and son-in-law, Terry and Jaye Smith of Coeur d'Alene; and grandchildren, Shawn and Lindsay Smith.
The memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church in Coeur d'Alene.