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Shirley Oliver

March 9, 2018

Maple Hill—Shirley A. Oliver, 84, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at the KU Medical Center in Kansas City.

She was born July 7, 1933 in Topeka the daughter of Joseph V. and Muriel Merillat Huggins.  Shirley and her family moved about during her youth, she graduated from Delia High School in 1951 and attended Clark’s School of Business in Topeka.

Shirley worked for SWB Telephone many years retiring in 1988.  She later worked at Peoples State Bank in Rossville for several years.  She was a member of the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church.  Shirley was instrumental in the creation of the Maple Hill Senior Center and was extremely active and proud to have served as President and board member and to be a part of the “action” there.  She was a past director of the Maple Hill Parks & Rec commission and had run the concession stand many years.  Both Shirley and her husband Gene coached ball teams when their children were young and she played fast pitch softball many years.  She was a member of the Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging.  Shirley was a member of GFWC, Kiwanis, FCE and the American Legion Auxiliary.

On September 6, 1957 Shirley and Harold E. “Gene” Oliver were united in marriage in Maple Hill.  He preceded her in death on August 17, 1989.  She was also preceded in death by her siblings, Cecil and Jim Huggins and Muriel Huggins Wilson; a granddaughter Amber Kessler.

Survivors include three sons, Steve (Ginny) Oliver, Paxico, Harold (Shawna) Oliver, Riley and David (Peggy) Oliver, Topeka; two daughters, Debbie (John) Kessler, Blue Rapids and Linda (Alan) Miller, Alma; 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 15, 2018 at the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church.  Interment will be in Maple Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Oliver will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 P.M. Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Hill Senior Center and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple Street, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  To leave online condolences please visit www.piperfuneralhome.com.

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13 thoughts on “Shirley Oliver

  1. On behalf of the AT&T Life Pioneer members we send our condolences to Shirley’s family. I worked with Shirley for several years at SWB and had some good and sometimes funny times.

  2. So sorry for your loss Oliver family. She was a great lady and always helping others ! She will be missed ! My thoughts and prayers for the family. God bless y’all

  3. So sorry to learn of Shirley’s passing. She was such a wonderful volunteer within her community as a member of the GFWC Maple Hill Research Club.
    Sincerely, Rose Ditto, GFWC Kansas Past State President and Past International President

  4. Our hearts are saddened upon hearing of your loss. We send deepest condolences to the family. At times like this we’ve found strength in the precious resurrection hope. Acts 24:15 and Revelation 21:3 & 4. Wishing you much peace now and in the days to come.

  5. Sending our Sympathies to your families….our kids and hers went to school together in Alma.God Bless each of you in your time of Sorrow……Isaiah 40;31.
    Julie and Cleo Schultz rural Alma.

  6. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family. May the love and the memories that you shared be of comfort to you. God Bless you.

  7. So sad to hear of Shirley’s passing. She will be greatly missed in our neighborhood, our town and esp at the Senior Center she loved so much.
    Tom, Susie & Jana Kaberline

  8. Debbie, Linda & all of Shirley’s Family,
    Please accept our deepest sympathy in the lost of Shirley. Keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers. May She Rest In Peace & God Speed……
    The Stums ~ Sis & Wilb

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