Beverley Jean Oliver, 86

Beverley Jean Oliver, 86, of Columbia City, passed away peacefully May 24, 2014. The elder daughter of Ray F. and Hazel (Smith) Hutton, Beverley was born July 31, 1927 in the old Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne. Her formative years were spent in Whitley County, living in the country on farms and later in Columbia City. She was educated in the Columbia City Schools and Columbia City High School.As a teen, Beverley worked as a “soda jerk” at The Klondike Ice Cream Shop in downtown Columbia City. It was there she met her future husband, David M. Oliver. World War II postponed their marriage until after the war’s end and his release after nine months as a German P.O.W. Upon his return to the states, they were married in Alexandria June 25, 1945. They always made their home in Whitley County. He preceded her in death May 6, 1995, after nearly 50 years of marriage.A dedicated homemaker and farm wife during her children’s younger years, Beverley later enjoyed her employment at the Raupfer Store in Columbia City for several years, Mary Raber Elementary School as a teacher’s aide from 1971 until 1974, and in the cafeteria at Columbia City Joint High School from August 1995 until February 1997.Beverley’s faith was strong and she was a member of Oak Grove Church of God and then First Church of God in Columbia City. She was very active in WCSC and was a Sunday School teacher for many years.She enjoyed watching I.U. basketball, Cubs and Reds baseball games, and being a part of “Oliver Begians” helping her husband, David, show their Belgian Draft Horses at the Indiana State Fair and Centerville, Mich., as well as various other Indiana draft horse shows. She spent many summers at the Whitley County 4-H Fair with husband, David, and their five children, being especially busy with large animal projects. All total, 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 delighted in sewing, creating the weddings dresses and bridesmaids dresses for both her daughter, Connie, and son, David Lee’s, weddings in addition to her daughter-in-law, Jackie’s wedding dress. She fashioned her own wardrobe for many years and enjoyed participating in the Whitley County Homemaker’s Fashion Show. Beverley also enjoyed crocheting and created a full size afghan for each of her children and grandchildren.Surviving relatives include five children, Thomas (Jackie) Oliver of Wolcottville, Connie Sue (Verlin) Dittmer, Timothy Oliver, David Lee Oliver and Danny (Jayne) Oliver, all of Columbia City; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Donna Gilliam of Fairbank, IA.In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Kathlen Deal.The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery. The visitation will be from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.Preferred memorials are to Parkview Home Health & Hospice or Whitley County 4-H.Condolences may be sent to­­