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Opal Wilcox Barron
Born September 19, 1914(1914-09-19)
Boyer, West Virginia
Nationality American
Known for First lady of West Virginia, 1961-1965

Opal Wilcox Barron (born September 19, 1914)[1] was the wife of former Governor of West Virginia William Wallace Barron and served as that state's First Lady, 1961-1965. She was born September 19, 1914 at Boyer, West Virginia. She married William Wallace Barron in 1936. As first lady, she promoted the state's centennial celebration and helped persuade 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, the Barrons lived in Pompano Beach, Florida and Charlotte, North Carolina.[2]


  1. ^ Other sources give November 6, 1912
  2. ^ "West Virginia's First Ladies," West Virginia Division of Culture and History, June 2007.
Preceded by
Hovah Hall Underwood
First Lady of West Virginia
1961 – 1965
Succeeded by
Mary Alice Tieche Smith


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