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Opal R. Collicott

Monday, March 27, 2006

March 28, 1919 - March 22, 2006

WRAY, Colo. -- Opal Rosella (Myer) Collicott, 86, a long-time resident of Haigler, died Wednesday (March 22, 2006) at the Wray Community Hospital.

She was born March 29, 1919, in Franklin, to James Laird and Bertha Lureen (Martin) Myer. In 1920, she moved with her family to Haigler. She graduated from Haigler High School in 1937 and continued her education at Chadron State Teachers College. She was a teacher and substitute teacher for many years. She was also the Haigler News correspondent for 57 years for the Benkelman Post, 35 years for the St. Francis Herald, and for 31 years for the Wray Gazette.

In 1940, she was married to LaVoine T. Collicott and they lived in the Haigler area for the next 65 years. In January 2006, they moved to their new home at Hillcrest Care Center in Wray, Colo.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Gail Collicott; two brothers, Everett and James; and two sisters Loretta and Evelyn.

She is survived by her husband, LaVoine; and three daughters, LaNeta Carlock and husband, Stanley, Myrna Mulligan and husband, Charlie, and Galena Webster and husband, Stan, all of Haigler; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life and funeral services will be conducted on her 87th birthday, 10 a.m., Tuesday, at the Haigler United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be given in her name to the family.

Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home of Wray is in charge of the arrangements.