Opal Anna (nee Swain) Elliott, 91, of Mount Airy, Md., departed this life at Frederick Memorial Hospital, Frederick, Md., June 5, 2012.
Born Sept. 11, 1920, in Belle Grove, Md., she was the daughter of the late James I. Swain and Annie E. Swain.
She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Dean F. Elliott; a son, Jeffrey N. Elliott and his wife, Rebecca Allen Elliott, of Mount Airy; four grandchildren, Jessamyn E. Brownell of San Clemente, Calif., Erin E. Elliott of Oakland, Calif., Neal E. Elliott of Crofton, Md., and Jennifer A. Bukolt of Chandler, Ariz.; and eight great-grandchildren.
She graduated in 1938 from Flintstone High School, and worked as an aircraft assembler during World War II. In later years, she was a salesperson for the Hecht Co. She also was a dedicated wife and mother.
Until her death, she was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Mount Airy, and during her lifetime was very active in Lutheran churches in Hagerstown, Gaithersburg and Lanham, Md. She also started and led Bible study and prayer groups at several churches.
Reading and writing poetry were important in her life. She was an accomplished poet and wrote many poems, some of which were published.
She was preceded in death by 10 sisters and three brothers, and is the last of that generation.
The funeral will be held at Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mount Airy. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m., and the service will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, followed by a graveside internment in Rest Haven Cemetery in Hagerstown.
The Rev. Anke Deibler of Calvary Lutheran Church will officiate.