Opal Parmer


Long-time Canyon Lake resident, Opal Parmer, passed away November 4, 2016. She was 86 years old. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Canyon Lake Community Church at 12 p.m., to be presided over by Pastor Pete Van Dyke, with a luncheon to follow in the Fellowship Hall.

One of siix children, Opal was born in Purdon, TX on May 12, 1930 to Arthur C. Mitchell and Hattie Louella Jayroe Mitchell. Her siblings included Doris Sands, Arthur Mitchell, Jewell Howard, Otha Mitchell and Earl Ed Mitchell.

A dedicated volunteer contributing countless hours to the missions of the Canyon Lake Lionesses, Opal was chosen as the 2010 Canyon Lake Lioness of the Year and in 2015 was awarded the prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow Award, which is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. Opal retired in 1996 after working at the San Diego Naval Exchange for 21 years.

She is survived by seven children, Linda Thompson of Vancouver, WA; Jim Sharp of Tazewell, TN; Nancy Iles of Chino, CA; Vickie Sharp of Lakeside, CA; George Allen Parmer of Long Beach, CA; Tom Sharp of Tazewell, TN; and Ruth Sharp of Canyon Lake; 18 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband George Parmer; son, Carl Salayer; twin sons Donnie Gene and Ronnie Dean Sharp, and all of her siblings.

In lieu of flowers, donations made to the Canyon Lake Lionesses would be appreciated.