OBITUARY

Constance Opal Booker Abernathey

August 24, 1934January 8, 2021
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C. Opal B. Abernathey, 86, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, January 8, 2021 due to complications from COVID-19.

She was a native of Gloucester County and a Peninsula resident for the majority of her life. Opal spent the last six years between the Chamberlin at Fort Monroe and Windsor Meade in Williamsburg.

Opal was the daughter of the late Cecil M. and Lorene H. Booker and daughter-in-law of the late Charles H. and Sadie L. Abernathey of Gloucester.

In 1952, Opal married her childhood sweetheart, the late H. Leslie Abernathey, with whom she spent 44 years and had four children. She retired in 1993 from Newport News Shipbuilding, Department 053, after 20 years of service.

Opal was a caring woman who loved Jesus and her family. Her pleasing personality and engaging smile endeared her to many. Opal’s greatest joy was spending time laughing, talking, playing games, and sharing meals with family and friends. Opal loved the beach and spending time in the Outer Banks with the girls. Kind and generous beyond any obligation, she was the glue that held us together. She lovingly adopted our friends and godchildren as her own.

In addition to her parents, Opal was preceded in death by her husband, H. Leslie Abernathey and her brother, Cecil M. Booker, Jr. Left to cherish her memory are her devoted children, Wanda A. Kissinger (Jack) of Hampton, A. Colleen Allen (Phil) of Newport News, L. Dale Abernathey (Lucy) of Warsaw, and Kenneth B. Abernathey (Sheli) of Gloucester; four grandchildren, Christopher M. Baker, Leslie B. Baker, Kenneth B. Abernathey, Jr., and Jamie A. Dawson; seven great-grandchildren, and four great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Betty B. Dame; sister-in-law, Kathryn Lemmon; several nieces and nephews and countless lifelong friends.

Heartfelt thanks to the caregivers, staff, and leadership at Bedford Terrace, Windsor Meade for their devoted care of Mom and the empathy and support shown our family during this difficult time.The family also wishes to thank Heartland Hospice for their comfort and guidance as Mom approached the end of her life.

Due to elevated COVID-19 risks, the service and interment at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park will be private. The Service may be viewed live or later on Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home Facebook page.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association in memory of our courageous Mom who endured Alzheimer’s and COVID-19 as long as she could with a smile and an indomitable spirit.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Interment to Follow the Service

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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Ronald Creech

January 13, 2021

My deepest condolences to the Abernathey family! My mind is full of wonderful memories of Ms. Opal, her marvelous smile and laugh! The Friday nights she and her "Darling" Leslie (Mr. Abby to me) would spend with my Mom and Dad playing cards! Oh the laughter we would hear a room or two away. Although my heart hurts for the loss here on earth, I rejoice that there was a glorious reunion in heaven with many friends and family!

John Dunkailo

January 10, 2021

My prayers and condolences are with you all. Rest in peace Opal.

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