Woman with colonial heritage plants roots in Hemet

The life of 104 year-old Opal Owens, as told by her son Photo contributed by Mitchell FamilyOpal working as a receptionist in her twenties. ■ Dwight Mitchell / Contributed Opal Owens, who was born Opal Easter Mobley on Easter Sunday, March 23, 1913, turns 104 today. She was the fifth of nine children, and her father worked as a mechanic in an Arkansas marble quarry. Her Mobley family history can be traced back to America’s colonial period to Baltimore in 1658. When she was around five years old, her family moved to Delta County, Texas, to work in the rich cotton fields. There the family worked, hoeing and picking cotton —

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