Obituary of Opal Binford

Opal G. Binford, age 85, resident of Ft. Scott, KS, died Sunday, December 15, 2019, at her home.

She was born July 29, 1934, in Ft. Scott, the daughter of Alvin and Bertha Graves Gray. Opal married Earl “Doc” Binford on November 23, 1979. He preceded her in death.

Opal worked for Western Insurance Company in Ft. Scott for 21 years. She enjoyed flower gardening, cooking, and baking, her specialty being banana cake and deviled eggs.

She was a member of Daughters of the Nile and White Shrine. Opal was always happy and liked to have a good time.

Survivors include a daughter, Lisa “Genan” Boone Constantine; a step-son, Dick Binford; step-daughters Sheri Buntain, Belinda Skiles, Ruth Ricci, and Betsie Binford; a brother, Jerry Gray and wife Kathy; a sister, Jeanette Schweikert; sister-in-law Diane Gray; 16 grandchildren; numerous great and great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Bob and Louis Gray; an infant sister Calvina Marie Gray; brother-in-law Bob Schweikert; one granddaughter; and her parents.

Rev. Chuck Russell will conduct graveside services at 2:00 Thursday, December 19th, in the Evergreen Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to either American Heart Association or Mirza Transportation Fund and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, PO Box 347, 201 S. Main, Ft. Scott, KS 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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