Opal (Meyer) Craney, formerly of Peabody, Kansas, passed away August 20, 2019, at
Homestead Assisted Living in Manhattan, at the age of 104.
Opal was born in Inman, Kansas, in the home of her parents, Arthur and Rachel (Brady) Meyer
on January 3, 1915. She moved with her family to Hesston, Kansas, when she was five years
old. She was baptized in the Methodist Church in Hesston. She graduated from high school
from The Mennonite Academy in Hesston in 1933. She loved to sing in the choir at church and
school choirs. She loved to play tennis, basketball and softball. After graduating high school,
she went to Wichita to work as a nanny. Then she moved to Newton, Kansas, where she worked
at Young’s Lunch and Graber Hardware. That is where she met the love of her life, Ellis
Craney. They were married on December 30, 1945.
Opal then became a farm wife where she helped Ellis on the farm by driving a big truck hauling
many loads of wheat, milo, corn and soybeans to the elevator. She helped with many farm
chores and always cooked the best meals for farm workers and her family. Opal was a member
of the Rebekah Lodge, the Sorosis Club, the United Methodist Church and the United Methodist
Women. She sang in the church choir for many years.
Opal is survived by her daughter, Sally Ammeter; three grandchildren: Robert Ammeter and his
wife Christine, Amy Drake and her husband Douglas and Angela Bunger and her husband Chad;
six great grandchildren: Samantha, Alison and Jacob Ammeter, Daniel Drake, Mitchell and
Collin Bunger; and many nieces, nephews and other family and friends.
Opal was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Ellis in 1999 after 54 years of
marriage; her son in law Myron Ammeter; and her brother and his wife Albert Meyer and Ruth.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Monday, August 26 th , at the Yorgensen-Meloan-
Londeen Funeral Chapel with reverend Melanie Nord officiating. Graveside services will be
held at 2:30 P.M. Monday at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Peabody, Kansas.
The family will receive friends from 9:30 to 10:30 A.M. Monday at the funeral home prior to
the funeral service.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at
Memorial contributions may be made to either the First United Methodist Church in Peabody,
Kansas, or the First United Methodist Church in Manhattan. Contributions may be left in care of
the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas