Obituary for Olive Iverson
APRIL 20, 1921 – SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our mother, Olive, on September 15th at 98 years of age. She passed peacefully with her daughter, Marie by her side. She is predeceased by her husband, Lloyd and her son Gary. She is survived by her two sisters, Inez and Esther, her two brothers, Earl and Clifford and her two children, Eldon (Janice) and Marie (Dieter). She also had 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Olive was born in Lewvan, Saskatchewan on April 20, 1921, one of 10 children. She married and moved to farm in Oak Lake in 1943. Farm life was difficult. There was no electricity or indoor plumbing and water came from a well near the house. Animals needed to be tended and food harvested and preserved from their huge garden.
Eldon, Gary and Marie were raised on the farm. Olive and Lloyd eventually built a new home which included some of the new modern conveniences, and in 1963 moved to Cranbrook to continue building houses together.
Olive had become resourceful and fearless. She was game for anything! She and Lloyd took over the coffee shop at the Cranbrook Golf Club for a few years. Special requests were made by golfers for Olive’s lemon pie when they finished golfing. Her baking was unbelievable, particularly her apple pies and rhubarb crisp. She never seemed to have a regular recipe, but used whatever felt right to her. She also made a special Norwegian dish that her entire family loved, but no one seemed able to replicate.
Olive did child care for working parents. She cared deeply for all children; her own children and eventually the grandchildren. She was so proud of every accomplishment, and made those around her feel special and loved. Everyone cherished their time with Olive. She could produce beautiful ringlets from rags, create wonderful desserts, help to make weird looking forts in the basement, took the girls joy-riding when they visited and would play cards for hours. She always made time for her family and friends.
Olive learned to play a guitar and bought herself a new Gibson guitar in 1949. She was so talented. She had perfect pitch and was able to play, sing and harmonize to all the old songs she knew by heart. Family get-togethers always seemed to end in song.
The family would like to thank the staff of Joseph Creek Village for the excellent care she received.
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