OBITUARY

Olive Jane Graham

23 March, 193211 May, 2020
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Our mother, Olive Jane Graham, 88, went home to her Lord and Savior on May 11th, 2020.

Private services will be held Thursday May, 21, 2020, with burial to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Olive was born in Waterford, WI on March 23, 1932 to Theodore Joseph Auterman and Edna Wilhemina Sophia Boldt Auterman.

Olive is survived by three children from her first marriage to Charles E. Briggs: Charles (Chad) E. Briggs Jr, of Laguna Hills, CA, Joette (Joey) and son in law Kevin Patrick of Columbia, MO and Michael W. Briggs, of Columbia, MO, granddaughter Meghan E. (Forrest) Graves, of Columbia, MO, great granddaughters Remington and Savannah, grandson, Corie B. O’Neill, of Concord, NC, sister and brother in law Arlene and Arlen Reynolds, of Birmingham, AL, nephew Dan Auterman, nieces, Beth Auterman and Nikki Futch, great and great great nieces and nephews whom she loved so dearly, step daughter Judy Layher, of Franklin, TN, sister in law, Sybil Graham, and numerous step nieces, nephews, and grandchildren.

She married Albert Franklin Graham (Frank) on September 21, 1986 celebrating 27 years of marriage until his passing in September 2013. He was the love of her life after meeting on a blind date set up by mutual friends. She was also preceded in death by her parents, brother William J. (Bud) Auterman, sister in law Mariana See Auterman, and beloved niece Michelle J. Ohme.

As a child, Olive was known to cart her pet dog around in a doll carriage! The caring heart of an animal lover quickly turned to a driven passion for nursing after a comment from a family friend. The friend was overheard to say Olive would never be able to empty a bed pan or survive the sight of blood. Olive attended and received her RN degree from St. Johns School of Nursing. She attended and became a certified Operating Nurse from John’s Hopkins University where she began her career in 1953. During her career she served in many roles in clinics and hospitals across the country including OR Supervisor. Finally serving her last 20 years in the OR and Open Heart Team, at the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital here in Columbia before retiring in 1992.

Olive served on many boards and volunteered much of her time in the community. Most notably she served as a member on the board for the Rainbow House, a temporary home for children in crisis here in Columbia, from 1996 to 2005 and as President in 1998-1999. She continued to be a lifelong member of Beta Sigma Phi from her early 20’s until her death serving in many roles and as President of her chapter. She was also a member of Lois Mikeul Century Circle, International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons, Boone County Historical Society and Museum, Trinity Lutheran Church groups and Choir, and an advocate of walking, reading, and bridge. She and Frank were huge supporters of Osher at Mizzou furthering their minds.

She was inducted into the Who’s Who of American Women in 2005-2007. She also enjoyed the annual meeting with the National Executive members of the 4-H every fall with Frank traveling the Country. Olive always valued and tried to live by the words of her father that he told to her growing up “Remember, no one is better than you, but you are better than no one.”

Our mother made a lasting impact of love, joy, and service to people everywhere throughout her long and full life. Our loss is irreplaceable, but we rejoice in her unconditional love for the Lord and her unbreakable faith in Jesus Christ and his Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Rainbow House, or 4-H foundation of MO, in c/o Memorial Funeral Home.

Services

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Mary Loveless

May 19, 2020

My sincere sympathy to the family of Olive. She was filled with kindness, faith, and grace , and she and Frank were a wonderful couple. Mike worked for Frank in the 4-H program at MU and we enjoyed seeing them together at Trinity. God’s blessings to her family and friends for comfort and peace.

Cindy Mutrux

May 18, 2020

I was so sorry to learn about Olive.
Frank & Olive, were some of the very best cheerleaders for our athlete employees.
They were dear, dear customers.
We will miss Olive deeply.

Gabriella McCord

May 15, 2020

Dear family of Olive,

I am so sorry to hear of her passing. Olive was a wonderful neighbor. Her and Frank were most loving and kind during my time of need after my mother passed away. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me should you need help with anything during this or any other time of need. I send to you all my love!!

joe and jessica giacchi

May 15, 2020

Olives' compassion and friendship remains with us,Gods'blessings be with your family through this time of grieving and loss.

Jane Bensussen

May 14, 2020

For the family of dear Olive,

We know that you will continue to celebrate the life of this remarkable woman. She was the picture of grace, kindness and love. Our family had a long history with Frank, Judy and then sweet Olive. She brought such joy to everyone who knew her. May she be in the arms of her loved ones in heaven above.
In sympathy,
The Cunningham family
Dell, Jane & Gale, Stephen and Chris

Kristin Gerike

May 14, 2020

I am sorry to hear this. I guess my memory of Olive and Frank was acolyting in their wedding. I was terrified when the wick wouldn’t stay lit being 10 at the time but I was happy I got to be “in a wedding.” Please accept my sympathies.

Chris Campbell

May 14, 2020

To the Briggs and Graham families,
Olive was a dear friend to those of us at the Boone County Historical Society. She was ceaselessly kind and generous and we so appreciated her company a few years ago, when the society inducted her late husband, Frank, into the Boone County Hall of Fame. Olive was about as wonderful a person as one could meet and I will miss her.
My sincerest condolences to the family, especially Olive's son and my former classmate, Michael Briggs.
Chris Campbell
BCHS

J.R. Graham

May 14, 2020

We love you Grandma, Thank you for being so wonderful to us all.

Tammy Gillespie

May 14, 2020

Frank and Olive Graham with Dr. Ina Linville, 2009.

Tammy Gillespie

May 14, 2020

Olive at March 2018 Frank Graham 4-H Volunteer Appreciation event.

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