|Olive Sophronia Stivers Glenn
|Olive Stivers, one of eleven children of James and Elizabeth Stivers was born on a farm in Jones County, north of Olin, February 19, 1860, and passed away at her home in Olin, Sept. 6, 1933 at the age of 73 years, 6 months, and 18 days. Her entire life was lived in Jones County, the last twenty-four years of which she lived in Olin.
On March 12, 1879, she was united in marriage to James W. Glenn who preceded her in death, January 19, 1927. Two children were born to this union, one daughter who died in infancy, and one son, Edgar H. Glenn of Olin. Mrs. Glenn was fortunate in enjoying good health practically all her life until a few months ago when illness, which was to prove fatal, caused her to cease her usual activities. She told the writer of this sketch recently that never before had sickness stricken her down and kept her there for long. This fact made it harder for her to realize that she was nearing the time, which we must all meet, when our physical body shall become too tired to sustain itself. Few there are indeed who take as active interest in public, civic and religious affairs as did she. If there was a need for some public improvement, or if some worthy religious project was presented she could be counted upon for her share both of service and finance. To help others was one of her greatest pleasures. In these respects she leaves an example, which will be difficult for many of us to excel.
In December 1894, Rev. Lee received Mrs. and Mrs. Glenn into fellowship of the Methodist church at Pleasant Valley. Later they transferred their membership to Olin. Here Mrs. Glenn was a member not only of the church but also of the Sunday School, Missionary Society, Ladies Aid, and official board. In all of these she took an active interest. She will be missed more than many realize at present. She was also a member of the Sorosis club and the D. E. Rummell Circle. For the past several months she has been in failing health but bravely fought against this until a few days before death released her from her suffering.
She leaves to mourn her passing her only son, Edgar H. Glenn of Olin two grandsons, two great-grandsons, four sisters, Mrs. Alice Hayden and Mrs. Emma Story of Olin; Mrs. Elizabeth James of Anamosa; Mrs. Nellie Osborne of South Pasadena, Calif.; three brothers, Charles and Dan Stivers of Olin, James Stivers of Anamosa; and many other relatives and friends. Two brothers, John and Enos H. Stivers and one sister, Elvira Monroe, have preceded her into the great beyond.
Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Olin Methodist church by her pastor, Rev. Earl Hodgkin. Interment in the Olin Cemetery.
Submitted by: Charles R. Stivers
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