Opal Faye Hudkins

March 29, 1916June 11, 2018

HUDKINS, Opal Fay – (age 102) was born on March 29, 1916 in Flora, Oregon to Edgar and Edna Garrett. Her family moved about Eastern Oregon for several years. After finishing high school in Lostine, Oregon she went to Spokane to attend Kinman Business School and after graduation went to work for Beardmore Moving Company. Accepting the challenge of a blind date with her roommate Hazel Kunz and Hazel’s boyfriend Del Wall, Opal met Franklin Hudkins, and the rest is history. After their marriage in 1937 she moved to the farm near Wilbur. Their marriage produced three children, Karen Miller of Spokane, Diana Lundstrom of Port Orchard and David Hudkins of Portland, Oregon. After Franklin passed away in 1983, Opal stayed on the farm for several years before moving back to Spokane where she lived until her death. She was active in Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Friends of 7 and the Community Presbyterian Church. Opal is preceded in death by her husband, grandson Brian Lundstrom, sisters Anna Robertson, Cleta Carson, Ella Daggett, Maxine Lamm and Bonnie Demitruk. Besides her three children, she leaves one brother, Dave Garrett of Kennewick, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at the Sherman Cemetery Chapel. Burial will follow in the Sherman Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Sherman Cemetery Club, 617 NE Pearl Ave. Wilbur, WA 99185. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.strate for the Hudkins family. Strate Funeral Home, Wilbur, WA is serving the family


  • Funeral Service Thursday, June 21, 2018

Opal Faye Hudkins

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Mike Kunz

August 16, 2018

Opal was a fixture of my childhood, my best friend’s Mom, and always made me feel welcome in her home. We often don’t realize what all it is that our parents do until we look back, Opal was one of those parents, the mom next door (ok, next door is three miles, but that’s Sherman) that was always there for us. I am so glad I was able to know her as I did.
David, please our accept our sincere condolences, your mom was one of the good ones.
Mike & Brittany Kunz

Tom and Joan Wall

June 20, 2018

We were so sorry to see Opal's obituary in the paper and so surprised that she had lived such a long life leaving many memories for all her family. The mention of Hazel and Del made us smile. We knew Opal was a very special friend to Hazel but did not know that it was on a blind date with Hazel and Del that brought her and Franklin together. Hazel would always smile whenever she told us a story about the two of them in their younger days. Our thoughts go out to all the family. It is a time of gathering and sharing many memories of your beloved mom. Tom and Joan Wall