Opal L. Mccann, age 93, died peacefully after long illness on Thursday, March 7, at home in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania surrounded by family.
She was the beloved wife of Harrison N. Mccann, to whom she had been married for 72 years. Opal was predeceased by Harrison on March 2, 2019.
Born Oct. 30, 1925, in Hardin, the daughter of Charles W. and Nora Hawkins Mayden, both natives of Hardin.
Upon graduation from high school, Opal went to Kansas City to work as a payroll clerk for the American Optical Company. While there, she waited for her fiance to return from the South Pacific during World War II. They were married June 27, 1946.
Harrison went on to serve 43 years in the U.S. Navy. Together, they moved 24 times to bases on both coasts and lived three memorable years in Japan. She cared for their three children while Harrison was at sea. Opal enjoyed traveling and exploring any area where they were stationed. The visited all 50 states, often while returning to Hardin every other summer. When on a carrier in the Mediterranean, Opal joined other Navy wives traveling from country to country to wait for the ship’s arrival in a port.
Wherever they were stationed, Opal contributed to the local community. She served as a Red Cross Grey Lady, a Brownie, Girl Scout, Cub Scout leader, and room mother for her children’s classes. She was active in garden clubs in Virginia Beach, Virginia. She served as church treasurer, secretary, Sunday school and Bible School supervisor multiple times in multiple cities. She was president of the NCO Wives Club in Japan and amazed all when she got permission for the women to tour the Palace when it was not usually open to tourists and certainly not for foreign visitors. For several years Opal worked as a school secretary at an elementary school in Norfolk, Virginia. She was a talented seamstress, sewing all of her own and her children’s clothing and creating heirloom quilts for her children and grandchildren. When Harrison and Opal retired to Dillsburg, she became an active partner in their antique/flea market business, attending auctions and antique shows in the local area.
Opal was preceded in death by her brothers, Marvin Mayden of Lexington; Hubert Mayden of Richmond; and a sister, Helen Edgar of Ft. Myers, Florida.
Opal is survived by three children, Linda Wrenn of Baltimore, Maryland; retired U.S. Navy Capt. Jett C. Mccann and his wife, Linda Flavin, of Fairfax, Virginia; and Dale Mccann of Dillsburg. She has two grandsons, T. Russell Wrenn and his wife, Erin Fitzpatrick Wrenn, and Alexander Harrison Wrenn of Baltimore; three great-grandchildren, T. Ronan Wrenn, Cormac Mccann Wrenn and Cavin Corinne Wrenn who are also in Baltimore, Maryland.
A memorial service and internment will be July 8, at Arlington National Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to www.malpezzifuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a local Girl Scout Council.