Ruey Johnson

Ruey "Opal" Johnson, a Prineville resident, passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2008 at her home. She was 86 years old.
   Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11, 2008 at Prineville Community Church.
   Opal was born in Powell, Wyom., on Dec. 1, 1921 to Albert Roy and Ruey Melba (Goodwin) Burns. She was raised and educated in Powell, Wyoming, graduating from Powell High School. She married Hershel H. Claudson in Red Lodge, Montana on Aug. 24, 1943. After the war, they farmed on Heart Mountain near Powell until he passed away in 1963. Years later, she and her childhood friend, Albert Johnson, finding themselves alone, rekindled an old friendship and got married in Kenear, Wyoming on Aug. 1, 1968. They moved to Prineville in May 1969.
   Opal was a member of the First Baptist Church but, in later years regularly attended Prineville Community Church with her family. Throughout the years, she was very active in the Christian ministry. Playing the piano, teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, she was also involved in Child Evangelism and Christian Women's Club.
   She was a homemaker. She enjoyed growing and arranging flowers, listening to Gospel music, crocheting, and spending time with her family.
   Opal is survived by: her husband Albert E. Johnson Jr. of Prineville; sons Rommie Claudson and wife Joyce of Cody, Wyoming, Garen Claudson of Prineville, Rick Claudson and wife Tina of Prineville; daughters Claudean Green and husband Tom of Prineville, Beverly I . McKinnley and husband Steve of Soldotna, Alaska; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, twin sons, and her first husband.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship, Ponderosa Chapter, PO Box 737, Gilchrist, OR 97737.
   Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Prineville Funeral Home.