Share |

Ura Oliver

Ura Claire Oliver passed from this life April 10, 2014, in Norman, Okla., with her daughter, son-in-law, son and grandson by her side. Claire died of heart failure. She was 93. Claire was born Jan. 13, 1921, in Iola, where she attended Iola Junior College from 1939 to 1941. When our country was drawn into WWII, many women worked jobs as telephone operators. Few women worked as telephone operators from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. and carried 18 credits hours at a major university. Accordingly, Claire Oliver earned her bachelor of arts degree in bacteriology from the University of Kansas in 1943.
During her junior year at KU, she gained permission from her professors to take three weeks off to marry her hometown sweetheart, Bill Oliver, also of Iola, who was a Navy pilot stationed in Oakland, Calif. They were married March 23, 1942, in Reno, Nev., and Mrs. Oliver stayed with her husband for another two weeks until he left for his tour in the South Pacific.
Claire received a telegram from LCDR Bill Oliver as she walked toward the stadium to receive her diploma in May 1943 saying he was back in the states. Bill and Claire then traveled to Putaxent River Maryland Naval Base where Bill was a test pilot and Claire worked in the dispensary.
In December 1945, Claire, Bill and their newborn daughter, moved to Miami, Okla., where Bill started a business and Claire stayed at home to raise their daughter and their son who was born in Miami. While her children were in grade school, Claire started playing golf and recruited the entire family to participate in the sport. Unfortunately for her family, Claire somehow always ended up with the lowest score.
When her children were older, Claire started her teaching journey with trips to Pittsburg Kansas State College where she received her teaching certificate. Shortly after beginning her teaching career, Claire received prestigious summer study grants from the National Science Foundation at San Jose State University and Southern Methodist University. Back in Miami, Claire once again found the energy to work while studying, this time her studying matched her work. Claire would rise early in the morning to study before heading off to school to teach. She completed her master’s degree in biology in 1963. 
Mrs. Oliver gave back to her profession by being president of the Miami Association of Classroom Teachers. Her former students can be found today teaching in the high school classroom with another student being a Ph.D. professor doing research for Alzheimer’s disease. When Claire saw one of her former students, they often said to her, “You were the best teacher I had.”
After her retirement, Claire and Bill continued to play golf and travel. Claire was an active member of the Ottawa County Retired Educators Association and continued to play a role in her church and her P.E.O. Chapter.
Claire is survived by her daughter, Diana Carter and husband John Carter, Norman, Okla.; her granddaughter, Deborah Fung and husband Archon, Boston, Mass.; her grandson, Steven Smith, Dallas, Texas; her son, Bill Oliver and his wife Genet D’Arcy, Boulder, Colo.; her granddaughter, Jennifer Liming and husband Duane, Asheville, N.C.; her grandson, Billy Oliver, Salt Lake City, Utah; her great-grandchildren, Alexander Fung, Zachary Fung, Boston, Mass., and Morgan Smith, Madison Smith, and Mason Smith, Dallas, Texas.
Claire’s funeral was in Miami, Okla., on Monday at the First Christian Church with graveside services at the GAR cemetery in Miami. Memorials may be sent to the Martin Class, c/o First Christian Church, 2424 N. Main St., Miami, OK 74354.

OBITUARIES

Verna Kaplan

thumb

Verna Darlene Kaplan, 86, Olathe, passed away peacefully on April 17, 2014, at Garden Terrace of Overland Park.She was born July 1, 1927, in Mildred, daughter of Joseph and Ionia Brown. She graduated from Iola High School. She worked as a legal secretary for many years and ended... [More]

John Applegate

thumb

John Lewis Applegate was born in Iola to James Lewis and Mary Francis Applegate on Feb. 26, 1941. He was raised on a farm in Carlyle until he enlisted into the U.S. Army where he served three years in Germany.John was preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Rachel... [More]

Raymond Clark

thumb

  Raymond E. Clark, 73, Humboldt, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2014, at his daughter’s home in Humboldt. Raymond was born in Pittsburg on April 21, 1940, the son of Alva E. and Gladys (Stierwalt) Clark. He grew up and attended schools in Chanute. He was united... [More]

More Obituaries

NEWS

The electric elephant Behind the scenes of making power

thumb

When Iolans flip a switch to turn on lights, it’s the result of a number of dominoes having fallen in a favorable pattern.That sounds simple enough, but the nuts and bolts of how Iola purchases power, from whom and the nuances of the process are more complicated.An important... [More]

Baseball lore will come alive

thumb

Wilbur Rogan, whose fastball was so good he was called “Bullet,” is one of several Kansas City Monarch baseball players whose exploits will be told here Tuesday evening. Phil Dixon, who has written nine books about black players in baseball, will talk about Rogan... [More]

MOMs’ Stroll and Roll highlights special needs

thumb

Last year the Mothers of Miracles put on its first Stroll and Roll event. The purpose was to help educate and bring awareness to families, friends and neighbors about children with special needs. The organization didn’t know what to expect.“Last year’s turnout... [More]

More News

AP Video

SPORTS

HHS sweeps Wildcats to stay unbeaten

thumb

YATES CENTER — Humboldt High’s baseball squad took advantage of nine Yates Center errors  in scoring 10 unearned runs Thursday afternoon.The Cubs hardly needed the help. They also rapped out 12 hits in a 20-0 victory.Things were a little more palatable for the... [More]

Lady Cubs win TVL showdown

thumb

YATES CENTER — Humboldt High’s softball program has reached some pretty lofty heights in recent years.Never before have the Lady Cubs done what transpired Thursday.Humboldt pounded out nine home runs in 17-1 and 5-1 wins over host Yates Center in a key Tri-Valley... [More]

More Sports

Register Online Edition Renew your subscription