ARAPAHOE -- Opal A. (Rodenbeck) Cox, 85, of Truth or Consequences, N.M., formerly of the Arapahoe area, died Saturday (Nov. 16, 2002) at the Sierra Health Care Center in Truth or Consequences.
She was born March 31, 1917, at Cambridge to Albert and Mable (Harmon) Aldrich. She lived at Edison until the family moved to a farm northeast of Arapahoe in 1927. She graduated from Arapahoe High School with the class of 1934, and then taught school for seven years.
She married and moved to Colorado where she worked in the Gambles Stores in Greeley, Colo., Longmont, Colo., and Grand Junction, Colo.
In 1949, she married Kurt Rodenbeck and they farmed north of Edison and later in the Arapahoe area. He died in 1973.
In 1974, she married Clarence Cox at Truth or Consequences. They traveled for years. She lived in Arizona for three years following his death and moved to Truth or Consequences. In August of 1999, she moved to the Sierra Health Care Center.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Arapahoe and she belonged to several RV Camper Clubs.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kurt Rodenbeck and husband, Clarence Cox; sisters, Ethyl Aldrich, Vera Hibbs, Fern Pycha and Ruth Brown.
Survivors include a brother, Ray Aldrich and wife, Gladys of McCook; four step-sons, Ab Cox and wife, Barb of Lake Placid, Fla., Verlyn Cox and wife, Bert of Rock Falls, Ill., Garian and wife, Berta Cox of Chadwick, Ill., and Fantus Cox and wife, Betty of Barnesvold, Ill.; one step-daughter, Cleone and husband, Lyle Freas of Sterling, Ill.; numerous step-grandchildren; and several step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, 10:30 a.m., at Trinity Lutheran Church in Arapahoe with the Rev. Carl Lilienkamp officiating. Burial will follow at the Arapahoe Cemetery.
Viewing and visitation will be today until 8 p.m., Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., at the funeral home and prior to services Friday at the church.
Williamson-Wenburg Funeral home of Arapahoe is in charge of arrangements.