9/18/15 — Opal G. Ziegler

opalOpal G. Ziegler, arrived in the presence of her Lord on the morning of Sunday, September 13th, 2015 while at Lynchburg Nursing Center at the age of 99. Mrs. Ziegler was born in Drumright, Oklahoma to the late Raleigh and Blanche Lemmons Walrath.

During her life, she was a school teacher in Wichita, Kansas, primarily teaching in the elementary school system and also in the high school music program. She and her husband served eight years on the SBC mission field planting churches in Oregon. Opal impacted and blessed many lives through music, teaching and her testimony. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Tullahoma.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ziegler is preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Charles Ziegler; and one sister, Ruby Walrath.

She is survived by two children, Edwin M. Gleason and his wife Janice of Estill Springs, Tennessee and Zelfa Howery of Livermore, California; seven grandchildren, Stephen Gleason, Jeffrey Gleason, Dr. Scott Gleason, Lora Rinke, LaDawn Munger, Michelle Markel and Mitchell Pirtle; and 15 great-grandchildren, Emily, Elise, Grant, Benjamin, Daniel, Micah, Eli, Caroline, Amelia, Susannah, Forest, Sierra, Samantha, Zoe and Till.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 18th, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Tullahoma from 12:00-2:00pm with the funeral service to immediately follow at 2:00pm with Dr. J. Herbert Hester and Dr. Scott Gleason officiating. Burial will follow at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens in Tullahoma.

For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to First Baptist Church in Tullahoma with an emphasis on Missions, 108 East Grundy Street, Tullahoma, Tennessee 37388.