Opal Laverne Prater, 103, died on August 23rd, 2014 at the Broad Creek Care Center, Hilton Head Island, SC.She was born February 11, 1911 in Cowden, IL, being the youngest of 15.

Opal married John in 1933.They shared 77 years together.She is survived by her daughter, Judy Grove and husband in Bluffton, SC, her son, David and wife in Lewiston, IL and son, Steven and wife in Quincy, IL.She has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Opal and John started their march through life in a small southern town of Cowden, IL.They later moved to the west Chicago area where their three children were born.From Maywood, IL, they retired to Tucson, Arizona.After 25 years in Arizona, they moved to Sun City, Hilton Head.Opal resumed her membership in PEO and many church activities.After five years, they moved to Tide Pointe.Wii bowling, water aerobics and bridge kept her very busy.

Opal loved living at Tide Pointe and won the hearts of many with her sense of humor and her fighting courage.She appreciated the attention from the staff at both Tide Pointe and Broad Creek……”Bye Curtis, the next dance is yours….”

Funeral services will be held in Cowden, Illinois on August 30 at 10:30 am at Lockart - Green Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mound Cemetery Cowden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Care of the Lowcountry, PO Box 3827, Bluffton, SC, 29910.