Olive Stevenson Williams
1938 - 2020
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Olive Stevenson Williams went to be with Jesus on Nov. 8, 2020, with family by her side. She was 81.
She left behind a son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Cindy Stevenson of Indianapolis; a daughter and son-in-law, Sonia and Jeff Poynter of Danville, Ind., and a husband, Verne Williams of Flushing, Mich.
Olive grew up in the rolling hills of Pulaski County, Ky., on her parents' dairy farm. Her parents, Melvin and Edna Whitis, welcomed her to Heaven along with her first husband, James Stevenson Taylor, and her brother, Norman Whitis.
She was the oldest of four siblings, Melvin Jr. Whitis, Norman Whitis, Joan Taylor and Joyce Meece, and often spoke of caring for them at a wee age.
Olive graduated high school, studied education at Campbellsville University and Nazareth College, then went on to receive her Masters of Education at Spalding University. So many students passed through her class and she valued each one with a passion. Olive focused on the kids who were often passed over or forgotten. In 1984, she became Kentucky State Teacher of the Year and went on to become a Kentucky Colonel.
In the summers, she took her five grandkids, Jonah, Eli, Sarah, Caleb and Hannah, upon grand adventures. Their stories and time with her made her smile and the kids laugh. From playing kickball in a graveyard at a VBS, fireworks hurling toward Grandma Olive and to putting frogs in beds, Grandma Olive and the kids cherished every minute of it.
Who was Olive? It's hard to sum her up in just a few paragraphs and sentences. She was cherished deep than these mere words can say.
Olive read historical fiction and murder mysteries. Agatha Christie was one of her favorites. With just a glance, she cold name the trees. She made the best fried potatoes. Often, she prayed while washing the evening dishes. She wore her hair short, always. Hundreds of students came through her classroom and she taught many of them to read. She thought fried bologna was delicious. She enjoyed watching Murder She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder and never missed Let's Make a Deal. On occasion, she made the family dog biscuits and gravy. When the microwave first came on the scene, she took microwave cooking classes. She allowed a teenage girl to move in with the family and epitomized the life of Christ with her. She fancied Coke and had to have dessert at every dinner. She adored crazy socks and wore them regularly. She was a born-again believer who loved Jesus.
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In the spring, per her request for a party, the family plans on holding a Life Celebration with cake, music and balloons. We plan on sharing stories and memories of this amazing lady who impacted so many over the years. She will be missed by all those she left behind.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to either the Alzheimer's Association or Operation Christmas Child of Samaritan's Purse. Online condolences may be share at www.conklefuneralhome.com

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Published in The Pioneer News from Nov. 11 to Nov. 16, 2020.
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7 entries
December 13, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Mrs. Stevenson's passing. I just this day, thought of her and thought I would try to see if I could look her up. Although it's been several years since she was my teacher (1978-79 or 1979-80 my memories fails me), her influence and impact on my life has never left me. I still think with fondness of being in her third grade classroom at Brooks as I'm sure many others do as well. What a great legacy for a great Teacher and Woman. I wish I would tried to "look her up" a little sooner. I would have loved to have told her this in person. I am certain that I will see her again! Rest in Peace Mrs. Stevenson!
Glenn Alford
Student
November 16, 2020
To Olive's family, I had the privilege of working for a few years with Olive at Brooks Elementary School in the late 70's & early 80's. She was a wonderful co-worker and very sweet lady. I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts & prayers.
Judy Warden
Coworker
November 16, 2020
Many wonderful memories of our families together. A wonderful lady. Love and prayers for Jeff, Sonia and their families.
Darlene, Christopher and Christal Stallings
Friend
November 12, 2020
On behalf of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Order offers its deepest condolences and is proud of a life well lived by Colonel Williams.
Sherry Crose, Executive Director
Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
Sherry Crose
November 12, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We met and knew Olive while she lived at the Hearth at the same time my mom did. Olive was a very sweet lady. Our deepest sympathies.
Dixie Kirts
November 11, 2020
I am that teenage girl. ❤ Olive and her family chose to love me even though we weren’t “blood” related, they treated me as family. While staying with the Stevenson’s, I was introduced to Jesus as my Lord and Savior! One of my favorite things about Olive was her ability to accept people as they were and love them in spite of differences. Because of her example, my husband and I have opened our home to several teenagers and adults, throughout the years, who need extra love for a time. She was as fine a person as you’d want to be and I’m thankful to have known her, loved her and been loved by her too. Say hello to James for me and I’ll see you when I get there.
Angela Sharp
Friend
November 11, 2020
I will miss, my niece, Olive and her visits. She would always take the time to visit me when she came through Kentucky.
Mary Mounce
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