Ollie Ray Oliver
Ollie Ray Oliver passed from this life and into eternal life with Our Heavenly Father on her 105th birthday, November 30, 2014.
Ollie was born November 30, 1909 in Chillicothe, Texas. She lived in several places during her life including Timpson, Cleveland, Livingston, and Anahuac; but Texas City had been her home since 1978. At the time of her death, she resided at Regency Village in Webster, Texas.
Ollie was primarily a homemaker although she enjoyed babysitting and providing care for “old people”. She was always busy, but she especially enjoyed working in her garden (which she kept until 97 years of age). She enjoyed making fig preserves, berry jelly, and bread and butter pickles to share with family and friends. She had a “green thumb” and loved to grow pretty flowers and plants. She was an avid domino/42 player, liked to go barefooted, and loved Elvis Presley!
Ollie enjoyed life! She was fun to be around and made everyone feel comfortable to be themselves. She accepted all people and never looked down on anyone. Ollie was down to earth (sometimes a bit too blunt), but she didn’t mind telling you what was on her mind! She lived the “serenity prayer” because she truly accepted the things she couldn’t change and went on and made the best of every situation. Oh the stories she could tell and the things that she saw over her 105 years!
Ollie was a member of First Baptist Church and attended regularly until she moved to Regency Village in 2010.
Ollie was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, one sister, and her husband, Hilliard Watts Oliver, who died in 1970. She also was predeceased by one granddaughter, four great-grandchildren, and special son-in-law, Will Haden. She is survived by her brother, Leonard Johnson of Huntsville, Texas; her five children: Peggy Haden of Texas City, Jerrel Oliver of Winnsboro, Jimmy Oliver (Nancy) of Trinity, Jackie Oliver (Judy) of Montgomery, and Linda Kaye Grimes of Conroe. In addition, she leaves behind 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and 13 great, great-grandchildren as well as numerous nephews, nieces, and friends.
A Visitation will be held Saturday morning, December 6th, from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church, 1400 9th Avenue North, Texas City. Ollie’s funeral service will immediately follow the visitation and will begin at 11:00. Interment will follow at Menard Chapel Cemetery in Livingston, Texas with a Graveside Services at 4:30 p.m.