Opal Terveen, 95, of Emery, SD, died Friday, November 6, 2020 at her home under hospice care. Funeral Services will be 10:30 AM Friday, November 20, 2020 at First Baptist Church in Emery. Burial will be in Emery Community Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7:00 PM Thursday, November 19 at the Church. The family requests that masks are worn at the funeral services. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.
A live-stream of the funeral service may be viewed at: http://www.fbcemery.org/
Opal Edna Terveen was born on March 18, 1925 in Hanson County, South Dakota to Harvey Adkins and Stella (Stanton) Adkins. She attended Hanson #3 country school and Alexandria High School, where she was a talented athlete and runner. In her teens, she worked for several families who needed assistance with cooking, cleaning, or in-home care. After graduating in 1943, she went to business school in Huron, SD. Opal returned to Alexandria to work at the drug store and met the love of her life, Allen Terveen, in her hometown. They were married at Allen's family farm on June 17, 1945 near Emery, SD. They resided 1 mile west of this family farm where they raised 4 children: Lawrence (Larry), David, Daryl, and Lorna.
Opal and Allen worked side by side on the farm for 62 years raising cows, pigs, sheep, mink, and garden produce through the years until they retired and moved into Emery, SD, in 2007. Two of their grandsons started the original location of A1 Al's Pheasant Lodge on the "home place." This place has now been passed on to another grandson who is continuing the farming legacy. Many happy memories with family and friends were made on the farm.
Opal was a member of the First Baptist Church of Emery where she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Savior at the age of 22 years old. She was baptized in Lake Hanson on July 27, 1947. She remained a member there until her death. She served her Lord willingly in various positions in the church: Sunday school teacher, Dorcas Girls, CBY and Pioneer Girls leader and AWANA director (which she helped to start and worked in for many years). She also held various offices in the King's Daughters & WMF Women's groups. She was a much-loved friend, always willing to lend a hand or make a meal for a neighbor or friends in need. Allen and Opal's home was always open to friends, family, and anyone who tagged along with their children or grandchildren to visit. She was truly a gracious hostess and the best cook and baker. Her potato salad, chocolate cake, and peppernuts at Christmas were favorites of family and friends. Her greatest joy was watching her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren grow up in the lord. She was a faithful attender of almost every activity in which they participated.
Opal entered the Diamond Care Center in 2019 but was able to return home in June of 2020 to celebrate 75 years of marriage with her sweetheart, Allen. She passed away to her heavenly-home on Nov. 6, 2020, at the age of 95 years with her family surrounding her in her home.
Blessed beyond measure for having shared her life is her husband, Allen; children: David (Lynn) Terveen, Daryl (Deanna) Terveen all of Emery, SD, Lorna (Dennis) Decker of Parkston, SD; daughter-in-law Karen, (Steve) Klooster of Sioux Falls, SD; ten grandchildren: Brady (Beth) Terveen, Lee (Cali) Terveen, Todd (Heather) Terveen, Jeff Terveen, Katie Terveen, Kelsey (Daniel) Leyendekker, Josh (Cari) Terveen, Ryan (Kristi) Decker, Chad (Lauren) Decker, and Alex (Suzi) Decker; three step-grandchildren: Jill (Kendall) Johnke, John (Onna) Klooster, and Julie Beaner; 23 great-grandchildren: Morgan, Rylee, Brooklyn, Bryn, Bradyn, Brielle, Hazel, Knox, Jett. Lydia, Meredith, Daphne, Genevieve, Britta, Emma, Eloise, Bennett, Cate, Lucy, Rose, Elly, Isaac, and Jace; 11 step-great grandchildren: Gage, Caleb, Marissa, Tyler, Lyric, Noa, Hadley, Rylan, Harper, Bridger, and Aspen; as well as many nieces and nephews and precious family friends.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws; son, Larry, in 1985; brothers, Lawrence, Robert, and Harold Adkins; two brothers-in-law, Harvey and Lowell Terveen; four sisters-in-laws, Louise and Averyl Terveen, and Donna and Janet Adkins.