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Opal Fennell Turns 95: A Lifetime Of Faith, Family, Friends, And Fun

Missi Sig

The family and friends of Opal Fennell, a lifelong resident of Pedro, recently came together to celebrate Opal’s 95th birthday at the Orange Blossom Hills Community Center in Summerfield. Opal’s birthday celebration on Saturday, March 9.

Opal is a mother to 4 children, with 5 granddaughters, numerous great-grandchildren, and several great-great-grandchildren. There was an abundance of love, along with some good, down-home cooking.

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I asked Opal what her secret to having such a long, happy life is. She replied, “Trust in the Lord and eat bacon every day.” Opal loves the Lord and bacon, so bacon was on the menu along with many of her other favorites. The family made candied bacon, chocolate chip bacon cookies, ginger snap bacon cookies, everything bacon, as well as pork and rice, green beans, coleslaw, and all the fixings.

Opal still lives on the property where she was born in Pedro. She is a lucky lady, surrounded by love.

95 Never Looked So Good

At her 95th birthday bash held on Saturday, March 9, Opal Fennell beamed proudly beside her stunning cake, surrounded by loved ones at the Orange Blossom Hills Community Center in Summerfield. With four children, five granddaughters, and a host of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, the celebration overflowed with love and hearty, homemade dishes. Opal shares her recipe for a fulfilling life: trust in the Lord and indulge in bacon daily. Wise words, indeed, Opal!

Some Of The Grands Working The Drink Station

On Saturday, March 9, at Opal Fennell’s 95th birthday celebration at Orange Blossom Hills Community Center in Summerfield, her great great grandson, Bradley, along with her great grandsons, brothers, Alex and Paul, help keep the drinks cold.

Celebrating A Life Well Lived

Opal Fennell, seated front and center, is surrounded by her family at her 95th birthday celebration on Saturday, March 9, at Orange Blossom Hills Community Center in Summerfield.

Happy 95th Birthday Opal!

Opal Fennell celebrated her 95th birthday surrounded by family and friends at Orange Blossom Hills Community Center in Summerfield on Saturday, March 9, 2024. Opal is the matriarch of her large extended family that has lived in Pedro her entire life.

Showing Off A Huge Pot Of Pork And Rice

David Perry, of Pedro, Opal Fennell’s son, cooked a huge pot of Pork and Rice for his mom’s 95th birthday celebration. The entire family made a dish that Opal loves.

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