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 to Oakland City. She graduated from Mount Olympus High 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 Indiana University in 1942, as well as doing additional work there. She taught for 31 years at Oakland City High 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 service.

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 1 p.m. CDT at Corn-Colvin Funeral Home in Oakland City, Indiana, with Dr. Douglas Low officiating. Burial will be at the Atkinson Chapel Cemetery in Oatsville. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until service time on Monday at the Corn-Colvin Funeral Home.