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Obituary | Opal Frances Orsak of Palacios, Texas

Opal Frances Carter was born to David Delano Carter and Opal Cleo Queen on July 29, 1933 in McQueen, Oklahoma. She was the first of two sisters and two brothers. The family soon moved to Palacios, Texas. A short time after graduating from Palacios High School, Frances met and married the love of her life, Leo Edward Orsak in Blessing on March 6, 1954. From this union, three sons were born.

Frances was a life-long member of the Church of Christ in Palacios, Texas, where she faithfully attended along with her extended family for years before retiring in her older age to live by her sons. She even had her own special foot rest at this church since her five feet tall stature would not allow her feet to touch the ground.

Her diminutive height did not stop her spit-fire personality. As she often said of herself, “Dynamite comes in small packages.” Frances was known for her love of square dancing, bowling, blue grass music, traveling and volunteering at the Palacios Senior Center. In her younger years, she worked for Alcoa for thirteen years, later Feather and Sons Insurance, Heart Dentistry, was an Avon seller and worked at the local drug store.

She is survived by her sons, Larry and wife Susan of Catlettsburg, Kentucky, Gary and wife Julie of Farmington, New Mexico, and Tommy and wife Alicia of New Braunfels, Texas; eight grandchildren and twenty-eight great grandchildren; two sisters, Jeanette Hale of Bay City, Texas, and Bobby Shreve of Palacios, Texas and a brother David Carter of Houston, Texas.

She passed this life peacefully on Friday, December 23, 2022 at 89 years of age with her son by her side. She will be missed greatly by her loving and devoted family.

Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM Monday, January 2, 2023 at the Church of Christ in Palacios. Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM with Matt Springfield officiating. Interment will follow at the Palacios Cemetery. Her great grandson will serve as pallbearers.

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