Opal Manns, 88, of rural Akron

Opal Manns, 88, of rural Akron, Indiana passed at 9:45 am, Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020 at Woodlawn Hospital of Rochester, Indiana.

Opal was born on Sept. 10, 1932 in Prestonsburg, Kentucky to the late Earl and Icie (Adams) Smith. She married on June 11, 1948 in Salyersville, Kentucky to Carmel Manns, who preceded her in death on May 16, 2019.

Opal was a homemaker as well as working for 17 years for Peabody Retirement Community and 17 years as custodian for Sweetwater Assembly of God both of North Manchester. She also was known to help folks who needed home health care.

She was a member of the Sweetwater Assembly of God of North Manchester. She loved cooking food for everyone and some to take home. She made wonderful pies and made a special pie for everyone. She always enjoyed family and the more they were with her the happier she was. She never forgot anyone on anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays.

She is survived by daughters Connie and husband John Malott of Akron, Ind. and Vickie and husband Rodney Whitaker of Akron, Ind., sons Darrel Manns of Akron, Ind. and Doug and wife Joanna Manns of Akron, Ind., grandchildren Christopher, Joshua, Sarah, Matthew, Jennifer, Lori, Logan, Jessica, Wesley, Kiley, and Teri, 36 Great Grandchildren, 8 Great Great Grandchildren, and a brother Paul and wife Carol Smith of Claypool, Ind.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Carmel, brothers Tom and Curtis Smith.

A private family service will be held at Hartzler Funeral Home 305 West Rochester Street Akron, Indiana. The service will be available virtually after 11:00 am, Monday, Nov. 9 on the Photos & Videos tab on

A public service will take place at 12:30 pm, Monday, Nov. 9, 2020 at Silver Creek Cemetery, Silver Lake, Indiana with Pastor Jeremy Jones officiating.

Masks will be required for all in attendance for the services for Mrs. Manns.

Donations can be made in Opal’s memory to the Sweetwater Assembly of God 2551 IN-114 North Manchester, IN 46962.

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