Beverley Jean Oliver, 86, Columbia City, Ind., died Saturday, May 24, 2014.
She was born July 31, 1927, in Ft. Wayne, to Ray F. and Hazel (Smith) Hutton.
Her formative years were spent in Whitley County, living on farms and later in Columbia City. She was educated in the Columbia City schools and Columbia City High School. As a teen, she was a "soda jerk" at The Klondike Ice Cream Shop in downtown Columbia City, Ind. It was there she met her future husband. World War II postponed their marriage until after the war’s end and his release after nine months as a German P.O.W. They always made their home in Whitley County. A homemaker and farm wife during her children’s younger years, she later worked at the Raupfer Store in Columbia City, Ind., for several years, was a teacher’s aide from 1971-1974 at Mary Raber Elementary School and worked in the cafeteria at Columbia City Joint High School from August 1995 until February 1997. She was a member of Oak Grove Church of God and then First Church of God in Columbia City, Ind. She was very active in WCSC and was a Sunday School teacher for many years and helped her husband show their Belgian draft horses at the Indiana State Fair, in Centerville, Mich., and various other Indiana draft horse shows. She spent many summers at the Whitley County 4-H Fair with her husband and their children. All told, there were 17 straight years of family activity in 4-H and in the years all five children were in 4-H at the same time, 10 beef steers stood in a row in the cattle barn. An accomplished seamstress and tailor, she participating in the Whitley County Homemaker’s Fashion Show.
She was married June 25, 1945, in Alexandria to David M. Oliver. He preceded her in death on May 6, 1995.
Surviving are five children, Thomas (Jackie) Oliver, Wolcottville, Connie Sue (Verlin) Dittmer, Columbia City, Ind., Timothy Oliver, Columbia City, Ind., David L. Oliver, Columbia City, Ind., and Danny (Jayne) Oliver, Columbia City, Ind.; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Donna Gilliam, Fairbank, Iowa.
She was preceded in death by one sister, Kathlen Deal.
Visitation is 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, Ind.
Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 30, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, Ind.
Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Parkview Home Health and Hospice or Whitley County 4-H.
Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, Ind., is in charge of arrangements.