Opal Dodson Hammett, 99 years young, passed away on October 30, 2018 surrounded by her family. Opal was born in Troy, Missouri to Maurice and Hattie Dodson and was the oldest of 7 children. Although Opal was the first born of the Dodson children, she was preceded in death by 5 siblings, her husband of 46 years, Roy D. Hammett and her two sons, Tom & Russell Hammett. She is survived by her daughter-in-law Carol Hammett, grandchildren Kris Hammett and Patrick Hammett, their wives and children, Tim Hammett & Sherry Lange, her sister and her brother-in-law Mary Lou and Don Hennier and far too many grieving nieces & nephews to count. Each one of these special people in her life gave her joy and were the center of all she cared about.
Opal was a particularly faithful servant of God and spread her faith throughout her life. She retired after 32 years of service from Western Auto in Kansas City, volunteered relentlessly throughout her life and devoted much of her time to service in the church communities she adored. When challenged to do even more, she took her admitted lack of musical skill to Bob Mabe's Kitchen Band and no story of her life would be complete without mentioning her love for the music of Daniel O'Donnell.
Opal was in every sense of the word "Matriarch" of multiple families and was the undoubted historian of those families she coveted. In her last days, her memory of the most recent was challenging, but her memory of a lifetime was undeniable. May we all remember so much, and certainly our memory of her will never fade.
Services for Opal will be held at Snapp-Bearden Funeral Home and Crematory in Branson, Mo. on Saturday, Nov. 3rd. Visitation is from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, funeral service at 12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Friendly Baptist Church, 2751 Kirkland Dr., Branson, MO. 65616