Opal LaDelle Riley

Opal Riley, 89, of Independence, Missouri passed away peacefully May 12, 2020 at home. A private graveside service will be held in Independence, Missouri.

Opal LaDelle Riley was born January 24, 1931 to Rev. George R. Cordry and Ethel M. Cordry in Columbia, MO. Opal was raised with two older siblings, brother Darrell and sister Margie. As a young adult, Opal was involved in ministry with her sister Margie in Springfield, MO where Opal met and married a Central Bible College student, James E. Ahls. They raised three daughters in Independence, MO; Ruthie Myers, Christina Cort and Amy Tangpricha. Later in life, Opal married Ralph E. Riley who preceded her in death in 2005. Opal was also preceded in death by her first grandson, Tyler Aaron Earring in 2016 and her siblings, Darrell Cordry and Margie Bradberry. Opal was blessed with five other grandchildren; Tamalyn and Ryan Cort; Alex, Jacob and Aliyah Tangpricha in addition to one great granddaughter, Sophia Cort.

Opal was a devoted mother, wife, grandmother and sister. Opal spent her life raising her children in a Christian home. She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ who loved playing the organ, piano and accordion in church and at home. Opal loved to sing the Gospel hymns. She seemed to have a “green thumb” and always filled the front room of her home with plants. Opal loved animals and always had a dog around the house to spoil with treats. Opal was a kind person and very outgoing. She loved talking to people for hours, especially her close friends.

Opal is survived by: her daughters; Ruth Myers, Christina Cort and Amy Tangpricha; grandchildren, Alex, Jacob, Aliyah Tangpricha, Tamalyn and Ryan Cort and great-granddaughter, Sophia Cort.

Opal will be greatly missed by her family and friends, although we have joy in knowing she is carrying on lengthy conversations in heaven in the presence of Jesus.


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  1. Linda Cordry on May 15, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    So sorry Opal was a fine lady. They are all reunited in heaven.

  2. Kate Lewis on May 15, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    I was always so welcomed by Opal on the July 4th get together at Ruth and Rich’s House. She always gad a smile and was so glad to see everyone. Her faith was unwavering.

  3. Sandy and Wolf Knipp on May 15, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Amy, we are so sorry to hear of your mother’ passing. She obviously was a very kind woman; it is never easy to say goodbye to someone you love. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers. Sandy and Wolf Knipp

  4. Gwen Eppenauer on May 16, 2020 at 7:09 am

    I met you only one time, but loving daughter; Christina talked about you all the time. I felt like I knew you; and I did thru her. Look up my husband in Heaven, he’ll be close to Jesus, give him a hug for me.

  5. Sandi Jeffries on May 18, 2020 at 2:47 pm

    I see you were blessed to have your Mother a long time. Sounds like she was a precious Christian woman. We are so blessed that Jesus provided for us to all be together and see each other again. My Grandma on my Dad’s side was named Opel. Beautiful name and precious jewel

  6. Peggy & john sutton on May 20, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Amy our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Cherish all the memories
    We enjoyed meeting her and getting to know her a little

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