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Opal Stayer Early

Opal Stayer Early, age 82, of Mauckport, IN, passed away Thursday, March 25, 2021 at her home.

She was born July 22, 1938 in Louisville, KY to the late Edgar Stayer, Sr. and Opal Hollis Stayer. Along with her parents she was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Kenneth “Bud” Lawrence Early, Sr.; son-in-law, Jeff Rausch; grandson, Jeremy Rausch; brothers, Edgar Stayer, Jr., and Leslie Stayer, Sr.

Opal was a member of the Kentuckiana Herb Society, the Master Gardeners, Harrison County CASA, and the New Middletown United Methodist Church.

She is survived by: daughters, Jackie Rausch of Gulf Shores, AL and Elaine (Jimmy) Murphy of Mauckport, IN; sons, Kenneth L. Early, Jr. and Kevin (Chris) Early both of Louisville, KY; grandchildren: Scott Rausch, Jesi (Kelly) Nobles, Jamie (Jim) Halpin, Lynora (Greg) Crawford, Amber (Clay) Parker, Cassandra Early, Duncan (Amy) Early, Morgan Early, Trent Murphy, Fallon Murphy, Walker Murphy, and Zach Janes; 9 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchild; sisters, Veda Thomas and Evelyn Schupp; and several nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held for Opal at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, April 17, 2021 from the Chapel of Bruington-Jenkins-Sturgeon Funeral Home in Brandenburg, KY.

Friends may call at the funeral home on April 15th and 16th from 4-8:00 P.M. or Saturday, from 11:00 A.M. to the time of her service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the New Middletown United Methodist Church, Youth Fund, 3880 Ten Dollar Road, Corydon, IN 47112 or to the Humane Society.

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