Ellsworth and Washburn
- Florence 'Opal' Meister was born on May 31, 1925, in Woodland, Maine, to Gordon Wilcox and Leila Marden. Opal called Washburn, Maine, home and graduated from Washburn District High School in 1943. After graduation, she attended Pelletier Beauty Culture School in Lewiston, Maine. She spent the next fifty years as a beautician in her own in-home beauty salon in Washburn.
While working in her father's movie theater, she met Stacy Meister. They married on March 14, 1948, and were just shy of their fiftieth wedding anniversary when he passed away. During her younger years, she was District Deputy President of the Rebecca Lodge in Washburn, Maine, and earned the title of Roma Zuanna.
Opal leaves behind two daughters, Coleen Blackstone and her husband, Rev. Barry Blackstone, of Ellsworth, Maine; and Kim Waterhouse and her husband, Brian Waterhouse, of Pittston, Maine. She was blessed with two grandchildren, Scott Alexander Blackstone, who preceded her in death in April, 2017, and Marnie Blackstone Legaspi and her husband, Josué, of Salinas, California, and one great-grandchild, Judah Alan Legaspi.
Opal was a member of First Baptist Church in Perham, Maine, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon's wife, and head of the Flower Committee. Upon moving to Ellsworth, Opal joined Emmanuel Baptist Church and became active in the church's mission committee. She organized "Bake for a Bike," and raised enough money to purchase a motorcycle for a pastor in India simply by cooking some of her signature goodies and selling them. While living here, she continued her afternoon tea parties and teaching younger ladies the fine arts of tea and wearing sparkly jewelry.
Services will be held at Emmanuel Baptist Church at the corner of Park and School Street on December 2, 2017, at 1:30 in the afternoon. Her son-in-law and pastor, Rev Barry Blackstone will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to 'Motorcycles for India' in care of Emmanuel Baptist Church, 50 School Street, Ellsworth, Maine 04605.
Arrangements in care of Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
Published on  November 30, 2017