Opal Luelf

Opal Ozell Breeding was born Nov. 16, 1914, near Enon, Ark., to Kit Carson and Nancy Susie (Satterfield) Breeding. She was the fourth of nine children.
She loved school, so because her parents couldn’t afford to send her to high school she took the eighth grade three times.
In 1923, the family moved to Maysville, Ark., where a year later Floyd Martin held a revival in which her parents were converted. The family moved back to the farm in 1926 and Opal was saved in Bro. Willie Miller’s revival at age 15.
November 1935 found the family moving to Baxter Springs, Kan., and in June 1936 she married Edward Luelf.
Their first five years of marriage were spent in revivals — from coast to coast— Florida to Nebraska to California. When Cecelia Sue was born in 1940, they began pastoring and starting new churches. Nancy Florene was born in 1950 and David Dwayne completed the family in 1954.
Church work was Opal’s life. Her song leading could inspire any congregation. She was her husband’s best listener, supporter and constructive critic. She thoroughly enjoyed spreading a bountiful table for guests. Many evenings were spent in home visitation. Regardless of their living circumstances, financial status or difficulties, they taught their children by example that a life given totally to God was the best and only way to live; no one ever heard a testimony of “hard times” or “doom and gloom” from Opal.
Edward and Opal were not only a team in the pastorates, but also in buying and remodeling houses. She was the designer and helper, he the builder. Side by side they ministered and worked in Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma. When Edward passed away in 1972, Opal filled his pulpit for the rest of the fiscal year and then she and David moved to Independence, Kan.
Opal loved God, her family, flowers, bargains and homemade bread. She loved to work, to pinch pennies, to give generously, visit and to travel. Whatever she did, she did with gusto, giving 110 percent.
From 1996 to 2002 she made her home with Cecelia or Nancy. Windsor Place in Iola has been her home since Jan. 1, 2002. The last year and a half she has shared a room with her sister-in-law, Helen Luelf. Though her mind was clouded with dementia and she was a double amputee, she never complained and was loved by all.
Opal was released from her 94-year-old worn-out, mortal body and arrived in the presence of Jesus Sept. 7, 2009.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, her parents, seven brothers, Clifford, Glenn, Dencil, Ansel, Clell, Carroll and Leon, one sister, Nadine Taylor, and one great-grandson, Baby Boy Goins.
She is survived by one son, David, and his wife, Glenda, of Granby, Mo.; two daughters, Cecelia and her husband, Stephen Douglas, of Iola, Kan., and Nancy and her husband, Duane Johnson, of Independence, Kan.; two grandsons, Ryan and his wife, Caroline Luelf, of Glenpool, Okla., and Eric and his wife, Jill Luelf, of Tulsa, Okla. Four granddaughters, Rachelle and her husband, Randy Ford, of Dawsonville, Ga., Janelle and her husband, Lewis Goins, of Oswego, Kan., Sonya and her husband, Gary Seniva, of North Pole, Alaska, and Melinda and her husband, John Davolt, of Independence, Kan. Six great-grandsons, Zachary, Jacob and Micajah Goins, Donovan and Lathan Seniva and Addison Luelf; three great-granddaughters, Christine Miller, Abby Goins and Cassidy Seniva. Four sisters-in-law, Betty Breeding of Joplin, Mo., Helen Luelf, Iola, Kan., Esther Esterline, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Faith Kendrick, Albuquerque, N.M.; nieces, nephews and many friends.
Services were held in Bible Holiness Church, Independence, Kan., Friday, Sept. 11, 2009, at 10 a.m. Her body was laid to rest in Mt. Hope Cemetery, waiting the resurrection.
Memorials may be made to the Independence Bible School, 2246 S. 10th St., Independence, KS 67301-8999.