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Obituaries: Opal Jane Stone


Opal Jane Stone
Pleasant City
Opal Jane "Janie" Stone, 80, of Delaware, formerly of Pleasant City, passed away Friday (August 8, 2014) at Grady Memorial Hospital, Delaware.

Opal Jane Stone, better known as O.J. or Janie, was born in Tuscarawas County on August 29, 1933. She was the second daughter born to Arlie D. and Etta (Hatcher) Lydick. She and her older sister lived on a farm where they grew up with pets, and developed an appetite for vegetables, homemade bread and butter. She began her schooling in a one room schoolhouse where she was taught by her father. She learned to read by age four and remained an avid reader throughout her lifetime. After moving two more times, in 1950, she graduated from Hyatts High School in Delaware County.

She began college at Bowling Green State University but love won out when she met Jim Stone. Jim was called to serve his country and they were married in July 1951. Baby Mike was born in 1952. Janie and baby Mike lived with Jane's parents until Jim returned from service. Upon his return, the young family moved near Westerville. Afterward, they moved to Columbus, Ohio near Jim's employment. In 1961 they moved to the Pleasant City area. By this time there were four boys and room to spread out with a necessity - four boys require a lot of room to run and play. The family attended Buffalo United Methodist Church but later joined Main Avenue United Methodist Church in Byesville, where Jane maintained her membership. She sang in the choir, taught Sunday School briefly, served on the church board and in the United Methodist Women.

After they moved to Pleasant City, Jane worked at Westinghouse in Byesville. She worked also at Guernsey Diesel Service and OJ Services; businesses owned by her husband. She helped develop the Cambridge Head Start program and then returned to college and graduated from Ohio University in 1979. After graduation, she was assistant librarian at the Byesville Branch Library; and taught special reading classes at Buffalo Elementary and Pleasant City Elementary. Later she was in high demand as a substitute teacher in the elementary grades in the Rolling Hills and Cambridge City Schools, where she was held in high regard by students and teachers alike.

Jane majored in history and as a teacher and Librarian, she often dressed in historical costume to the delight of her students. She studied the histories of many of the older quilt patterns of the Ohio Valley. She enjoyed travel and seeing historical sites and locations. She especially enjoyed the sister trips she and her two sisters took every summer. Because of her interest in quilting, there was always a quilt show or a quilt shop included in their travel plans. Trips to WVa always included visits with many relatives who lived in the state.

Her husband James William, her eldest son James Michael "Mike", her daughter-in-law Connie (Bintliff) Stone and her parents preceded her in death. She is survived by three sons, Patrick (Tina) Stone of Columbus, David (Laura) Stone of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Brian (Patricia) Stone of Beaufort, S.C.; twenty one grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren and one great great grandchild; two sisters, Lee (Kenneth) Ault of Marietta GA and Alana (Lewis) Kilzer of Marion.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday (August 21, 2014) with one hour visitation prior to service at Black-Epperson Funeral Home, Byesville with Pastor Nancy Parsons officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.
No calling hours will be observed.
2:00 p.m. Thursday (August 21, 2014) at Black Funeral Home, Byesville
Greenwood Cemetery
Black-Epperson Funeral Home - Byesville

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