By HDN Staff
HAYS Opal B. McMeel, 94, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2000 at a Havre care center of natural causes.
Funeral Mass will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Paul's Catholic Church at Hays with burial to follow in St. Paul's Mission Cemetery.
McMeel was born May 13, 1906 in Scranton, Kan. to Hattie and Edward Smith. She moved to Montana with her mother after her parents divorced. They settled in Hays.
She met and married Mr. Bain in Hays and they had twin daughters in 1927. They later divorced.
McMeel stayed on and worked at restaurants in Hays and Harlem. In 1929, she married George C. Warnke. He died in 1935. In 1937, she married John McMeel in Hays. He died in September 1987.
McMeel enjoyed music and was accomplished on the piano and guitar. She spent many evening entertaining family and friends with songs about early Montana. She often spoke of her happiest times in Hays, Harlem and Havre.
She was preceded in death by her husbands; two brothers; two sons, Carl Bain and Gerald McMeel; seven step-sons, and one step-daughter.
Survivors include her sons, Donald Warnke of Seattle and Frank Warnke of Auburn, Wash.; daughter, Della Monzon of Molalla, Ore.; step-children, Eddy McMeel of Harlem, Laura Bade, Hazel Roos and Jean Smith, all of Seattle; brother, Elvin Smith of Missoula; seven grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements are by Edwards Funeral Home in Chinook.