Opal Stribling Cohen, 98, of Horseshoe Bay, Texas, died Jan. 9, 2016, in Bee Cave, Texas. Opal was born Aug. 13, 1917, in Johnson City, Texas, to Emory and Susan Jeffrey Moore Stribling.
A one-of-a-kind person cut from the cloth of an early 1900s Texas ranchwoman, Opal’s hardy and courageous spirit was balanced with fortitude and wholehearted love for life, the Lord, animals and the land. Gregarious, her storytelling and the music of her laughter lifted many and continues as a legacy to lighten the heart. A 60-year Llano County resident, a rancher, a homemaker and a passionate gardener, Opal loved to grow things: plants, family, faith, friends, church. Opal had a true pioneer spirit; was a strong, faithful believer; and lived a life of loving and giving of herself, instilling those strengths in her children.
She got her start in Sandy, Texas, then received her bachelor’s degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College and a master’s in physical education from the University of Texas. She taught school in Cuero, Eldorado and Johnson City before marrying Robert Quincy Cohen on Oct. 31, 1942, at Camp Wolters near Mineral Wells, Texas. While he served overseas during World War II, Opal lived in Johnson City and Washington, D.C., until his return. After the war, they were first tomato and then dairy farmers in Pennsylvania before moving back to ranch in Texas in 1950.
Opal was active in First Presbyterian Church of Llano and a 50-plus-year member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church of Marble Falls and the Eastern Star. She was an honored member of the Llano Home Demonstration Club and the Llano Conservation District and an active member of the Llano Uplift Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution.
Opal is survived by three children and their spouses, Robert Strib (son) and Jane Cohen of College Station/Wellborn, Susan Morley (daughter) and Don Russell of Kalkaska, Michigan, and William Emory (son) and Patti Cohen of Horseshoe Bay; five grandchildren and their spouses, Christa Morley and Eric Walry, Richard and Stephanie Morley, Robert Morley, William Cohen and Matthew Cohen; and great-grandchildren, Benjemyn and Cohen Morley and Isaiah, Susanna and Marcus Walry. She had many special relationships with nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by Bob, her husband of 65 years, in 2008; her parents; brothers Clayton and Bill Stribling; sister Zelma Stribling Stotts; and grandchildren Heather Morley, Abigayle Roland and Dawson Ussery.
A memorial service is 11 a.m. March 5 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Marble Falls.
Memorial contributions may be made to: St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 201 RR 1431 East, Marble Falls, TX 78654; or Primavera, Bob and Opal Cohen Branch of Tree of Life fund, 4651 CR 612 NE, Kalkaska, MI 49646.