BANGOR – Opeline “Opal” Vallance passed away peacefully July 27, 2013, surrounded by her family. Opal was born Dec. 13, 1921, in New Carlisle, Quebec.
On the Gaspe coast, she attended business school, worked in banking, and met her husband, Roderick Vallance of Vancouver, British Columbia. He passed away in 1985. As a civil engineer for Maine Department of Transportation, he and Opal moved to Presque Isle and raised three children, Jo Anne, William and Deborah. In 1963 they moved to the Brewer area. In 2007 she moved to Dirigo Pines, Orono, and in October 2011 she moved to Winterbury Heights, Bangor. Opal excelled in sales at JC Penny’s. Opal’s friendly, outgoing personality endeared her to her many friends and relatives. She loved nature, gardening, camping and walking. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, dancing, cooking and entertaining. She excelled at Bridge, which she played throughout her life. The greatest joy of her life was being a mother and grandmother.
She is survived by daughter, Deborah Vallance of Bangor; daughter, Jo Anne and Doug Bayliss and their son, Doug Bayliss Jr. of Ashburnham, Mass., and their daughter, Michelle and Anthony Zeolla, and their children, Olivia and Chelsea of Avon, Conn.; son, William and Cathy Vallance, and their children, Christy and son, Landon, Brian, Katie, Amy and Emily of Brewer; three of her 10 siblings, Clary Poirier and Gerard Poirier of Quebec and sister, Terry and Ronald Kelly of Ontario, and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends may attend a funeral Mass 11 a.m. July 31, at St. Mary’s Church, 754 Ohio St., Bangor, with a graveside service afterward at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, 449 Ohio St., Bangor. Please join us for a reception held 12:30 at St. Mary’s Church to honor Opal’s life.