Lillian Opal Joy (Balsley) Smith, 89 years of age, died on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 with her loving daughter by her side.
She was born March 6, 1930 in Connellsville, daughter of the late John Herbert and Lydia Ritenour Joy of Connellsville.
As her name was Lillian, most people knew her as Opal.
She was a Connellsville Tops member for years and volunteered at the Bullskin Sr. Center Kitchen, Highlands Hospital & the American Red Cross Blood Drive.
She had been retired from Anchor Glass as a Selector for 35 years.
She enjoyed shopping, going to the beach with her family, the casino with her daughter and playing cards with her great grandsons’, who brought great joy to her life.
Opal is survived by her loving & devoted daughter and son-in-law, Dianne & Thomas Smith with whom she lived. Two very special granddaughters, who cared for her very much, Teressa and husband Christopher Sosko and Jennifer and husband Mitchell Powell. Three thoughtful and caring great-grandsons, Timothy, Nicholas, and Daniel Sosko. Her loving brother, Donald Joy. 2 estranged sons, several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
Opal was preceded in death by her husband, Fred A. Balsley in 1985; brother, Raymond Joy; sisters, Helen Trump and Mabel Moweary.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and supervision of the PAUL G. FINK FUNERAL HOME, INC. 418 North Pittsburgh Street Connellsville, PA 15425.
A private funeral, at Opals’ request, was held on Friday.
The family would like to thank the Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Greensburg and Heartland Hospice Team.
Rest in Peace, Mom.
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