Opal Mae (Baker) Stanton, 86, of Billings, Mont., died Nov. 2, 2012. Opal was born on May 5, 1926, in Bridger, Mont., to E.H. (Ted) and Irene (Standish) Baker. Opal attended school in Lodge Grass, Mont., until she had to quit school to join in the war effort where she assisted our nation by working on the family dairy farm. She married Clark C. Stanton, Nov. 9, 1943, and had three children, Linda Stanton Hanson, Deborah Stanton Carlson and Clark C. Stanton Jr. She and her family moved to several different Indian Reservations in Montana, North Dakota, and New Mexico following Clark’s B.I.A. assignments, and retired from the federal government in Washington, D.C. They lived in Virginia during that time and then returned to Billings.
Opal was active in the Eastern Star and worked for several years in the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. Opal was an avid Bridge player, winning many tournaments and belonging to several Bridge clubs in Billings. Gardening was a passion for Opal, and she grew beautiful roses that were the envy of all who saw them. Opal and Clark both loved traveling abroad and toured all over the United States in their RV, even driving up to Alaska to visit their son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. They both loved dogs and actively adopted animals who were displaced. Opal was an amazing seamstress, great cook, and proficient artist. She created many stuffed animals to the delight of her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Jack Carlson of Helena, Mont.; her son and daughter-in-law, Clark and Jesalyn Stanton of Chugiak, Alaska; son-in-law, Paul Hanson of Billings, Mont., grandchildren, Brian and James Hanson of Billings, Mont.; Brandon and Shannon Henkel of Helena, Mont.; Lori and her wife, Cheri Stanton-Thomas of Chugiak, Alaska, and Charlie and his wife, Ivey Stanton of Loveland, Colo.; niece, Pam Roberts and her husband, Dave Sovulewski of Bozeman, Mont.; and many great-grandchildren.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents, Ted and Irene; sisters Pearl and Ruby; daughter Linda; and beloved husband, Clark C. Stanton Sr.
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Opal will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
A celebration of Opal's life will be held at her graveside in the Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park, 3605 Grand Ave. in Billings, Tuesday, March 19, at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Al Bedoo Shrine Temple, Shrine Hospital Patient Transportation Fund, P.O. Box 20673, Billings, MT 59104.