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Ophelia High

December 6, 1924 — February 2, 2024

Ophelia S. High, born on December 6th, 1924, in Akron, Ohio, to Edward and Lillian Scrutchings, left this world on February 2, 2024. She grew up in East Akron, where her parents, originally from Milledgeville, Georgia, opened their doors to many migrating North, helping them until they found jobs and could reunite with their families. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Scrutchings played a pivotal role in East Akron, raising 8 boys and 2 girls who went on to become successful business owners, artists, and real estate investors , shaping the community for generations, celebrating over 100 years in East Akron Ophelia dedicated a significant part of her life to East Akron. During World War II, she worked at Goodyear's aircraft division as a Riveter and later moved to BF Goodrich in 1944, contributing to the deicers, fuel cells, and serving as a utility cleaner. Her work was a testament to her resilience and dedication.

Passionate about youth development, Ophelia became a teacher's assistant at Robinson Elementary, eventually becoming the PTA president and contributing to the Akron Tutorial Program and Head Start Advisory Board. She played a pivotal role in starting the Community Action Committee, leaving a lasting impact on the neighborhood. With her husband, Walter High, they raised five children and enjoyed trips to Cape May NJ, Modus Lodge CT, and Martha's Vineyard MA. Proud members of Alcoholic Anonymous and Al-Anon, they cherished leading at the 50th Anniversary of AA Founders Day.

Ophelia was an accomplished seamstress that loved reading, especially the Akron Beacon Journal, which led her to be published numerous times in the "Voice of the People" section, addressing local and national issues. She was featured in documentaries such as "Akron Women: Another Look At History" (2005) and "Akron Stories", A Legacy In Story showcasing her resilience against racism and sexism.

Preceded in death by her parents, sister Marion Reavis, and brothers Sherman, Fred, Buddy, Chris, Walter, Edward, and Lee, along with daughter Marcia Burton and son Sherman High. She leaves behind her legacy through son Vincent (Lyndora) High, daughters Marla Dobson and Monica Chenault, grandchildren Melissa (Jay) Reynolds, Katrina (Jack) Graves, Justin (Ayesha) Chenault, Jasmin Dobson, and Lauren Chenault. Her great-grandchildren Chloe, Jaleel, Lydia, Asim Darby, Siddiq, Yusuf, and Amirah were her pride and joy. Ophelia will be remembered for her unwavering strength, community service, and the love she shared with her family and friends. May she rest in eternal peace.

Private family services have taken place.

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