Opal Derby (1915 - 2003)

ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM

Summary

Opal Derby’s biography is built and maintained by people like you. Create an online profile of Opal so that her life is remembered forever. If any factual information is incorrect, please edit Opal’s biography.

Opal Derby Biography & Family History

This genealogy profile is dedicated to the life and ancestry of Opal Derby and her immediate Derby family. Add to Opal Derby's genealogy page to share your memories & historical research with her family and other genealogy hobbyists.

Birth

Death

Cause of death

There is no cause of death listed for Opal.

Burial / Funeral

Do you know the final resting place - gravesite in a cemetery or location of cremation - of Opal Derby? Add burial and funeral information.

Obituary

Last Known Residence

Battle Creek, Ida County, Iowa

Average Age

Life Expectancy

Family

Add family members

Education

Did Opal finish grade school, get a GED, go to high school, get a college degree or masters? What schools or universities did Opal attend? Add education.

Professions

Share what Opal did for a living or if she had a career or profession. Add Profession.

Military Service

It is unknown if Opal Derby is a military veteran.

Middle name

Unknown. Add middle name

Maiden name

Unknown. Add maiden name

Surnames

Ethnicity

Unknown. Add Opal's ethnicity.

Nationality

Unknown. Add Opal's nationality.

Religion

Unknown. Was Opal a religious woman? Add Opal’s religion

Gender

Female

Family Photos

Pictures really do say a thousand words. Add photos of Opal during various points of her life.

Timeline

1915 - In the year that Opal Derby was born, in May, the RMS Lusitania was sunk by a German torpedo. The Lusitania was a British passenger ship that was sailing from New York to Liverpool England. She sank in 18 minutes - 1,198 died and 761 survived. While travelers were the main casualty - and commodity - the Lusitania did carry wartime weapons. "Remember the Lusitania" became the rallying cry of World War 1.

1937 - She was 22 years old when on May 28th, the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge opened to cars. Taking 5 years to build, the 4,200-foot-long suspension bridge was an engineering marvel of its time - 11 men died during construction. The "international orange" color was chosen because it resisted rust and fading. To the present, it is the symbol of the City that is known throughout the world.

1951 - She was 36 years old when on April 5th, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg (husband and wife) were sentenced to death for treason. They were executed on June 19th. American citizens, they were convicted of spying for the Soviet Union. Their two young sons were adopted by a high school teacher and his wife.

1977 - By the time she was 62 years old, on January 21st, President Carter pardoned "draft dodgers" - men who avoided the draft during the Vietnam War. He fulfilled a campaign promise with the pardon. But it only applied to civilian evaders - the estimated 500,000 to 1 million active-duty personnel who went AWOL were not included.

1986 - When she was 71 years old, on January 28th, the space shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. All seven crew members died. The cause of the explosion was later found to be a failed O-ring. The O-ring failure was due to the unusually cold conditions at Cape Canaveral.

Opal Derby Family Tree

Who was Opal’s parents? Did she get married and did they have children? Share Opal’s family tree to share her legacy and genealogy pedigree.

Opal's Family
Add a parent
Add a parent
Opal Derby
Add a partner
Add a child
Add a sibling

You can add or remove people from Opal's family tree by clicking here.

Obituary

This obit of Opal Derby is updated by the community. Edit this biography to contribute to her obituary. Include details such as cemetery, burial, newspaper obituary and grave or marker inscription if available.

Opal Derby died on November 4, 2003 at 88 years of age. No cause of death has been listed. She was born on May 9, 1915. We are unaware of information about Opal's family or relationships. We know that Opal Derby had been residing in Battle Creek, Ida County, Iowa.

Memories

What do you remember about Opal Derby? Share your memories of special moments and stories you have heard about her. Or just leave a comment to show the world that Opal is remembered.

Write a comment

Other Records of Opal Derby

ADVERTISEMENT BY ANCESTRY.COM

Other Biographies

Sources