High desert loses precious gem

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

High desert loses precious gemJust a few months after being celebrated on local and national media for her 112 years on this earth, beloved resident Opal Goode died Tuesday, Sept. 17, after succumbing to injuries she sustained in a car accident earlier this month.

“I think it’s important to get this information out,” said her daughter, Cheryl Bernhardi, who has been by her mother’s side over the years during the various celebrations of Opal’s status as a super-centenarian.

Goode was born in Oklahoma on June 3, 1907. During her last birthday, Bank of America (where she spent the better part of her professional career) hosted a celebration that attracted local, regional and state political officials and corporate officers alike.

Bernhardi said that graveside services have been scheduled for Monday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Cemetery in Bakersfield.

A full obituary, and tribute to Opal’s life, will be published in next week’s News Review.

Story First Published: 2019-09-20