Longtime Alaska and Ninilchik resident Betty Colleen Oliver, 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer.
Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge Road near Homer. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at the Ninilchik River Life Church.
Betty was born Dec. 6, 1931, in Merced, Calif. She moved to Alaska in 1958 and resided in Homer. She moved to Cantwell in 1967, Eagle River in 1969, Anchorage in 1972, Valdez in 1976, Anchor Point in 1978 and to Ninilchik in 2013.
Betty was a member of the Assembly of God Church, where her husband was the pastor.
She enjoyed painting, quilting, fishing and hunting and was a rock hound.
“On Jan. 14, 2014, the family of Betty Oliver lost a wonderful woman. She and her husband left a legacy of churches that have saved many people and still continue to this day. She made quilts that a lot of us still cuddle with. She had fishing and hunting stories that would make you laugh, and a love for her husband and family that no words could explain,” her family wrote.
Betty was preceded in death by her husband, James T. Oliver, in 2007, and a brother, Robert Suit.
She is survived by her sons, Craig J. Oliver of Anchor Point, and John A. Oliver of Altus, Ark.; daughters, Patricia C. Richards and Sharon Y. Wheeler, both of Ninilchik; 13 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be sent to Craig Oliver, 31285 Sterling Hwy., Anchor Point, AK 99556.
Arrangements were by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.