Opal Wilcox Barron
|Opal Wilcox Barron|
September 19, 1914|
Boyer, West Virginia, U.S.
|Died||September 11, 2010
Greenville, South Carolina, U.S.
|Known for||First Lady of West Virginia, 1961–1965|
|Spouse(s)||William Wallace Barron|
She married William Wallace Barron on February 15, 1936 in Amherst, Virginia. William Barron held several offices in state government before finally serving as Governor of West Virginia from 1961 to 1965, during which time Opal Barron served as First Lady, promoting the state's centennial celebration and persuading her husband to initiate a campaign to conserve the forests and beautify the state.
In 1962, in the heat of the Cold War, she appeared on television to inform West Virginians how to equip and supply a fallout shelter. The entire family also participated in the Sabin vaccine program to prevent polio. After leaving office, Opal and William lived in Pompano Beach, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.
- "Former W.Va. first lady Opal Barron dies, 95". Charleston Gazette. September 11, 2010. Archived from the original on September 11, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2010.
- "Re: Opal Wilcox Barron". Genealogy.com. Retrieved September 11, 2001.
- "West Virginia's First Ladies", West Virginia Division of Culture and History (June 2007)
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