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Joshua Mortuary & Joshua Memorial Park

808 East Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster, CA

OBITUARY

Alma Louise Opperman

August 27, 1928July 17, 2019
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Born August 27, 1928 in Kentwood, Calif., passed away July 17, 2019 in Lancaster, Calif. Alma was the youngest of five children, born to parents, Fred and Margaret Farmer, who were pioneering residents of the Julian area. After graduating from Julian High School in 1946, she went on to graduate as a registered nurse in 1949 from Mercy Hospital College of Nursing, San Diego. Alma and Jimmie H. Opperman were married in 1951, and had four children. During her 38-year career, she worked for eight Southern California hospitals. In retirement, Alma volunteered throughout the Antelope Valley community, where she was recognized in 1993 as Llano’s Citizen of the Year. She and her husband raised birds, participated in the Game Breeders Club, and enjoyed traveling, camping and spending time with family. Alma is survived by her brother, Justin; her 4 children, Byron (Charlene), Floyd (Melinda), Randy (Cris) and Margaret; 12 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Preceding her in death is her husband of 48-years, Jimmie; granddaughter, Lindsey; and son-in-law, Ray. A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 pm on Saturday, August 10, 2019, at Joshua Memorial Park Mortuary, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster, with fellowship immediately following.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, August 10, 2019
  • Burial Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Suzanne Accomazzo- Crouse

September 8, 2019

Dear Family Members of Beloved Alma,

I was so sorry to hear of Alma’s passing...she was truly a Beautiful Women with a heart of gold. She was our Beautiful Aunt Claire’s baby sister, loved as much as Claire.

Know that both of them are home with our Dear Lord and all of their loved one’s who have gone before them. Claire and Alma will forever be in all our heats & souls!

God Bless you all,

Sincerely,
Suzanne (Fornes) Accomazzo-Crouse
Buckeye, AZ

Deanna Needles

August 12, 2019

My 103 year old sister, Bernadine Cooper and I are the only surviving children of John Grand. My only daughter, Ava Landee Daniels Carre survives me, but I am blessed in my life with Howard Needles four children, Becky, Dan, Andy and Aaron Needles. Ava and I are alone in relation to The Grand family and yet being an Aunt to my sister and deceased brother's children, and their children, and their children, and Ava and I surrounded by cousins...it breaks our heart to say goodbye to our very special cousin, Alma, that we have loved so very much.

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Biography

I was born August 27, 1928 at Kentwood, 2 miles south of Julian, in a home my folks were living in while my father was the caretaker of the area. I was delivered by Dr. Hildreth at home, the 5th child of Fred and Margaret (Grand) Farmer -- Justin Frederick, Claire Elizabeth, Leonce Walter, Marguerite Bernadine.

I was very fortunate to be born into such a loving family. I have many precious memories of my childhood. We had love, family and friends, NOT much money, an old small home with no electricity (until 1941) or inside plumbing, but didn’t seem to matter with so much quality time from my family.

When I was 4 months old, we moved to a home my folks bought in Santa Ysabel, where we lived until I was 2. We then moved to my folks ranch near the Volcan Mountains (3 miles out of Julian), called the Mountain Vale Ranch. Daddy, with his father, Robert Alexander Farmer, had bought the ranch in 1914 from “Hog Wilson” (the only name I ever heard him called). This was before he married my mother.

He, his dad and his brother, William Leroy, lived there. His older brother, George Walter, was in the Navy, and his mom, Rachel Elizabeth Portis Farmer Strow, who was divorced from Grandpa Farmer, and remarried to Mr. Strow, lived in Oakland, CA. My mother lived down the hill from the ranch with her parents and nine brothers and sisters. Her father had a large ranch and raised cattle and sheep. Her parents were August Pierre Grand, born in France, and Bernadine Osuna Grand, born in Pala. Mother and Dad were married November 27, 1919 at Grandpa and Grandma Grand’s home, by Father La Point (from the Santa Ysabel mission), with Elon and Ethel (Potter) Hildreth as their attendants. I lived at the ranch home until 1946 when I left to go to college in San Diego.

The first few years of my life I spent much time with my mother’s sister, Rose Fontana, and husband, Joseph, in Lemon Grove, on King St., because Mother had been ill and spent much time at the doctor with brother Jud who had asthma and Claire who was burned with acid.

I went to school, all 12 years, in Julian. We drove to school in a 1928 model-A Rita and Bud were old enough to drive. When in high school, 1943 we had a bus drive us. Jack Bailey was the bus driver and such a dear man. He and his wife bought the folks home in Santa Ysabel. The years in school were always busy. I entered all activities and enjoyed them immensely. I worked in the cafeteria each lunch hour, all 4 years and got my lunch free. Mrs. Disney ran the cafeteria and was a very special person. Her husband was the custodian and they were great friends of my folks, active in the grange as my parents were.

Every Sunday we went to mass in Santa Ysabel. Father Francis Dillon was the priest. I received my 1st communion and confirmation there by Bishop Buddy.

My cousin Ita (who lived on the neighboring farm) and I, spent many hours together and went 12 years to school together. We spent many hours on our horses. Ita was the 4th daughter of Martin and Marie (Gannon) Grand. My other friends were Milene (Porter) Cogens, Betsy (Curry) Carpenter, and Roger Clark.

The only other entertainment we had, other than the school activities, was the Saturday night dances in the town hall. The music was by local musicians, who played the piano and violin. The only name I can remember was Mr. Frazier. We girls always went stag to dances, accompanied by our mothers. Mother, Mrs. Porter, Aunt Annie, Mrs. Birdsell, and others, would sit in the corner and watch.

Our local boys didn’t dance too much. We danced with counselors from Camp Marston’s Boys’ Camp, and during war, the soldiers who were stationed at Barrego, and any other visitors. We’d have Cokes during intermission at the Maverick Cafe run by Mary Brodfeur. My Uncle August was the sheriff of the area, and he sat in his car, or walked the streets with his big flashlight, so we all knew he was looking after us and felt very safe.

During summer we worked on the ranch for Daddy, thinning apples, picking cherries, sulphuring and picking grapes and working in the packing house. We were paid 25 cents per hour, which went into our college saving fund. The grapes and cherries were us kids project and we got the money for it. I remember cherries were 1 1/2 cents per pound and we could always count on Mrs. Andermott to buy 2-3 bags. That was big money. One year I bought a Brownie Camera with my share. It lasted me until I was married.

After graduating from Julian High School in 1946, I enrolled in the nursing program at Mercy Hospital College of Nursing and graduated as R.N. June of ’49. A most enjoyable time in all-girl dorms, we were protected and taught by Sisters of Mercy. Our class consisted of 20 girls’, many of us keep in contact today. My first job was in the delivery room at Mercy Hospital, on the night shift (11pm to 7am). I lived on 70th St. with Sally (Boyd) Hewitt and Ann (Digratola) Schneip at Sally’s parents’ home. In 1950 I got a day job at the Blood Bank. Ann moved home and Sally got married, so I moved in with Bernie (Grand) Cooper and family -- Chuck, Dewayne and Glendine.

On February 3, 1951, I married Jimmie H. Opperman, in Julian and moved to Duarte, Calif. Jim worked for Associated Telephone Co. (now General Telephone) in Covina. I worked at Covina Hospital part-time. Byron Joseph was born Oct. 26, ’51 at Covina Hospital and Floyd Allan, born Dec. 13, ’52, also at Covina Hospital. Dr. Degrove Padgett delivered both. In 1954, Jim was promoted to an engineering position in Santa Monica. We moved to a rental house in Culver City. On May 31, 1955, Randall James Opperman came along at Daniel Freeman Hospital in Inglewood, delivered by Dr. James Peacock.

I worked at Culver City Hospital part-time for one year. We bought a home in Canoga Park, in 1957, on Royer St. Margaret Lillian arrived Aug. 10, 1959, at West Valley Hospital in Encino, delivered by Dr. Lopez. I worked part-time at Motion Picture Hospital and did a few private special nursing at Parkwood Hospital in Canoga Park.

In 1959, Jim’s office was transferred to Pomona, so again we moved to Pomona on Empress Road. There I worked again part-time, at Pomona Valley Hospital. These were the days of Little League, Cub Scouts and catechisms. I was a den mother for 4 years and Jim, an assistant scoutmaster for 2 years. An enjoyable time of our lives.

In 1963, Jim was transferred back to Santa Monica, so once again we moved back to Canoga Park, on Newgate Road. I worked part-time at West Hills Hospital, 10 years on floor duty, 10 years as relief supervisor and 2 years in the heart lab. I developed a brain tumor, had surgery and felt I should not go back to taking care of patients, so I worked in the record room, auditing charts with insurance companies as state required.

Jim retired in 1983 and I retired in 1987. We sold our home and bought 2 1/2 acres and a home, in Llano, Calif. In the Antelope Valley. Randy, Byron, Margaret all live within 20 miles from us. Floyd’s family is in Jamul. In retirement, I sew, crochet, do crafts, garden, and volunteer. Jim raises pheasants and quail and I have some white dove, which keeps us busy. We incubate and hatch their eggs and sell them. We also belong to the Game Breeders Club and are involved with their functions.
Our main entertainment is our family! We spend a lot of time with grandchildren and their activities. We have had 3 boats, truck camper, three 23 ft. house trailers and an R.V. Over the past 25 years, we have traveled the western United States & thoroughly enjoy camping. Our favorite spots are Ventura Beaches and Camp James at Kernville on Kern River. We enjoy taking grandkids with us on our camping adventures. Have been blessed with good health, good friends and a large caring family (Farmer, Grand and Opperman), scattered throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.