OAKLAND CITY, Ind.
— Olive Smith, 99, formerly of Oakland City, Indiana,
passed away on Thursday, June 18, 2009,
at the Masonic Home in Franklin, Indiana.
She was born near Oatsville in Gibson
County, Indiana, later moving
She graduated from MountOlympusHigh School in 1929. She was a 1934
graduate of Oakland City University, where she started the business department,
was named Professor Emerita of Business in 1980,
named Oakland City University Alumnus of the Year in 1989, and was awarded an
honorary doctorate of commercial science in 1991. She received her master's
degree from IndianaUniversity
in 1942, as well as doing additional work there. She taught for 31 years at OaklandCityHigh School
(now Wood Memorial), teaching business and physical education and serving as
the Dean of Women. She retired from teaching in 1978 after 47 years in
education. She was a member of Delta Pi Epsilon, Indiana Business Educators
Club, Retired Teachers Association (local, state and federal), AARP, Public
Accountants of Indiana, Order of the Eastern Star, Older Hoosiers, Young at
Heart Club, and Deaconess Hospital Helping Hand. She participated in the IRA
Volunteer Program, was a board member of Gibson County Council on Aging,
Kentucky Colonel, Ambassador for Supplemental Insurance, Vice President of the
Southwestern Indiana Regional Council on Aging Advisory Council, and National
Chairman of the Oakland City University Phonothon,
raising over $250,000. She attended Oakland City First Presbyterian Church and
the Indiana Masonic Home Chapel. She served as Mayor of Oakland City for a day
as the Parke Appreciation Award recipient in 1999 for outstanding community
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, John A.L. Smith; her
father, Perry Logan Smith; her mother, Maude (Watkins) Smith; a brother, Roland
C. Smith; and a niece, Rita Smith Robison.
She is survived by a nephew, Gary R. Smith; nephews-in-law, Al Robison and
John P. Isaac; great-niece, Misty Bogle;
great-nephews, Bradley Smith, Stanley Smith, Rodney Smith and Brent Robison;
and cousins, Bonnie Adams, Mary K. Phillips, Lavada
Borders and Isabel Kolb.
Funeral services will be held on Monday,
June 22, 2009, at
at Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Oakland City, Indiana,
with Dr. Douglas Low officiating. Burial will be at the AtkinsonChapelCemetery
in Oatsville. Friends may call from until service time on Monday at the
Corn-Colvin Funeral Home.