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Dr. Opal Lee Young Patrick, age 93, passed away on November 6, 2022 at the Rocky Mountain Care Center in Clearfield, Utah. She was born July 16, 1929 in Tatums, Oklahoma to Lou Parson Young, Jr. and Connie V. Mitchell Young.
She married Master Sergeant Charles N. Patrick on December 28, 1962 in the chapel at Walker Air Force Base in Roswell, New Mexico.
Opal has many degrees and honors from various universities; Langston University, University of Oklahoma, University of Albuquerque, and the University of Maryland. From the University of Utah she holds degrees in Music, English, Counseling/Guidance, Psychology/Sociology, Special Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education. In addition she received her Ph. D from the University of Utah in Education with an emphasis in Curriculum and Instruction.
She taught school in Germany, Utah, and Arizona at the elementary and high school levels. She was an education professor at the University of Utah.
It is impossible to list the many awards and accomplishments she has received in her lifetime. To list a few, she was a Deaconess at True Vine Baptist Church and President Elect of the Davis County NAACP. She received an appointment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in New Mexico. She was honored in Who’s Who in America in 1976 and 1977. She was also honored in the Who’s Who of Black Educators in 1977. Her best accomplishment was making a positive difference in the world, She was a wonderful wife, mother, friend, and educator.
Opal was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Opal accepted Christ as a personal Savior at an early age. She was a long-time member of the True Vine Baptist Church, and she loved her church and church family.
She loved playing the piano and organ. She also enjoyed reading, word games, gardening, sewing and doing needlepoint. She travelled to many countries such as, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Jerusalem and all over the United States.
She was preceded in death by her husband Master Sergeant Charles N. Patrick, sister Gwendolyn Othella Young Cooper, brother-in-law Joseph Cooper, parents, Lou Parson Young Jr., and her mother Connie V. Young. She is survived by daughter Jacqueline Patrick.
Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 12, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at the True Vine Baptist Church, 197 W. 100 S., Kaysville, Utah. Friends may visit with family Saturday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the church prior to the service.
Interment, Lindquist’s Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., Layton, Utah.
Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Rd., L:ayton, Utah.
Saturday, November 12, 2022
9:30 - 10:30am (Mountain time)
Saturday, November 12, 2022
11:00am - 12:00pm (Mountain time)
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