Opal (Hipp) Mackay
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Opal (Hipp) Mackay

Opal G. Mackay formerly Hipp
Born 1930s.
Ancestors ancestors Descendants descendants
Mother of [private daughter (1960s - unknown)], and [private son (1960s - unknown)]
Died 2010s.
Profile last modified | Created 26 Mar 2020
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Opal was born in Sarepta Mississippi in 1930 to Dwight Moody Hipp and Virgie Yancey Hipp. A small town farmer's daughter, Opal graduated from Sarepta High School at age 16 in 1945 - having served as both Senior Class President and Student Body President. She was recruited back to her alama mater to teach the following year because of a lack of teachers. To qualify for the teaching position, Opal spent the summer of 1945 at a teacher's certification program at Senatobia Junior College (now Northwest Mississippi Community College) in Senatobia, MS. A few years later, Opal moved with her mother Virgie to Memphis to live near her beloved sister Martha. On a whim in Memphis around 1952, she applied for an unspecified "government job" and within a year was living in Washington, DC working for the CIA as a finance clerk in its temporary structures on the National Mall.

Opal met her ex-husband Bob in the CIA and accompanied him on overseas assignments in Greece, Okinawa, Australia, Laos, Austria and South Korea. Later in life, Opal worked in Fairfax County's Office for Children and then for Fairfax City's Voter Registrar. She was a 40 year resident of the Olde Fairfax Mews in Fairfax City. Opal died on May 12, 2019 in Arlington, VA.


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