BETHALTO, Ill. – Opal M. Lloyd, mother of singer/songwriter Janice Crow, passed away on Friday, December 11, 2009 at 10:45 p.m. EST. Opal peacefully passed into the arms of Jesus at the age of 95 at the Bethalto Care Center in Bethalto, Illinois.
“Your prayers and thoughts are very much appreciated during this trying time,” mentioned Janice. “The covering of your prayers means more than you’ll ever know.
Opal is survived by her husband, Orban; sons Donald (Judy) Lloyd of Bethalto and William Orban Lloyd of Wood River; and daughters Darlene (Jerry) Stein of Greenfield, Janice (Bruce) Crow of East Alton and Sheryl Lloyd (Joel Satterfield) of Springfield, Ill. Mrs. Lloyd leaves behind eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Surviving siblings include one brother, Marion (Ruth) Wells of Sesser; and sisters Leila Merkel of Benton and Norma Jean Burleson of Belleville. Mrs. Lloyd is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Opal is also the aunt of Deon Unthank (Sunday Edition, SoGospelNews.com).
A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009 at the Bethalto Church of God, 800 East Bethalto Drive (Route 140 & Moreland Dr.). Interment will follow at Woodland Hill Cemetery in Wood River, Illinois. Family will receive friends from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009 at the Bethalto Church of God in Bethalto, Illinois.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bethalto Church of God. Marks Mortuary in Wood River is directing the arrangements.