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Irene Janice (Kellicut) Olney


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Irene Janice (Kellicut) Olney Obituary

QUINCY - Irene Janice (Kellicut) Olney passed away December 31, 2015 at the age of 78 following a long battle with COPD. She was born in Butler Township MI November 2, 1937, the youngest of four children born to Lionel D. and Harriet C. (Winslow) Kellicut.

Irene was educated in the one room country school, Todd Town, through the 5th grade, at which time the school closed. She was the second generation in her family to attend the school. She finished her education at Quincy Community Schools, graduating 10th in her class. She was chosen DAR girl and was a member of the U.S. National Society of Honor Students in 1955. Following graduation, she attended South Bend College of Commerce, South Bend IN, taking a nine month secretarial course. She worked at Federal-Mogul in Coldwater from 1956 through June 1, 1969 as a steno clerk.

Her entire life has been spent in Butler Township. She married her high school sweetheart, Dwight L. Olney, on March 26, 1961. They purchased a 240 acre farm in Butler Township and called this home until 2001 when they built a new home in Butler Township.

She was a member of the former Birthday Club, Quincy Alumni, and Litchfield and Quincy Historical Societies. She was the third generation in her family to attend South Litchfield Baptist Church and was married there as well. She enjoyed helping out in the field when needed, and working in her yard and garden. She loved to sew, crochet, fish, and study genealogy - having three family books printed. She also loved the Upper Peninsula where they spent many weeks at her parents' cabin on 40 acres in the beautiful Hiawatha Forest fishing and mushrooming since she was 13 years old. Many people refer to the Upper Peninsula as God's Country.

She and Dwight loved to travel and have been in all states except Alaska. They flew to many islands in the Caribbean as well as Australia, New Zealand, Europe and Mexico. They spent winters in Florida since 1991.

One of her favorite hobbies as a 4-H member was sewing, and in her tenth year she was chosen to participate in a State competition. Even in her senior years, she entered wall hanging, quilts, and clothing in fairs and quilt shows. In 2000, she entered a wall hanging of the State of Michigan and all its counties, made of red, white, and blue cloth – receiving First Place at the Florida State Fair, Branch County Fair, and "Best of Show" at the Florida State Fair. In 2004, at the 100th Florida State Fair, she received First Place recognition for a similar wall hanging of the State of Florida and pictures of the first 100 years of the fair. She donated it to be on display at the fair for years to come.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, brother Floyd, and sister and brother-in-law Leona (Charles R.) Happy, who have gone to the great beyond.

She will be sadly missed by her husband of 54 years, Dwight L. Olney; sister Nellie (C.J.) Cronk of Litchfield; special nephews, Charles (Janine) Happy of Litchfield, Dale (Connie) Happy of Monroe; Gale (Brenda) Happy and Dennis (Lisa) Happy, both of Maybee; Keith (Janet) Happy of Milan; several nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, 11 a.m., at the Eagle Funeral Home-George White Chapel, Quincy, with Pastor Ken Pierpont officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Girard. Visitation is scheduled Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Those who wish may make memorials to South Litchfield Baptist Church, Heritage Room at Coldwater Public Library, Branch County 4-H Foundation, Litchfield Historical Society Building Fund, Quincy Library, or the Quincy Historical Society.

To view this obituary or send condolences, visit www.eaglefuneralhomes.com
Published in The Hillsdale Daily News on Jan. 4, 2016
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