OBITUARY

Maurice Olwali

September 7, 1960October 1, 2021

MAURICE OLWALI Sunrise: 9/07/1960 – Sunset: 10/01/2021 It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of Maurice Olwali. Son of the late Shujaa Rev Zablon Cuthbert Olwali and Rev. Ethne Kendeli Olwali. Brother of Flora Wekesa, the late Joan Anyoso, Violet Wambiya, Ronald Omulindi, the late Khachina and Oliver Olwali. Friend to everyone he met and always with a smile on his face. Maurice Olwali was born 9/1/1960 to Shujaa Rev Zablon Cuthbert Olwali and Rev. Ethne Kendeli Olwali. He was one of seven children born to his parents. Maurice was intelligent and competed to attend high school at a boarding school in Kenya. He also competed to be allowed to attend college in the United States. He arrived in New York and did not even understand the currency, so he just hoped that people would be honest. He spent the night in a bus station where a nice security guard watched over him. The next day he boarded a bus headed to Evansville, Indiana. He had a host family and attended the University of Evansville. Later he switched to the University of Southern Indiana and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in 1989. He went on to get a master’s degree from USI in 1991. Maurice worked for Job Corps in Henderson Kentucky. In 2004, he was looking for a new job and after speaking to a friend, he applied at Central Library. For over 23 years Maurice was a beloved member of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library staff and worked in the Popular Materials Department until his recent passing.

He always had a smile for everyone, weather colleague or customer, and his amiable personality made him well-loved by many. He went above and beyond for customers, and shared a cheerful "good morning" to all, always using their name. He had a quiet strength that made him a valued team member, and he worked to stay up-to-date on film history in order to better serve library users. Maurice contributed and participated in many events and programs hosted by the library including representing Kenya in the Holiday parade, giving tours of the Giant Map of Africa to children and adults, sharing stories from his childhood in Kenya at the library’s Culture night, and singing Silent Night in Swahili at Holiday Harmony. Maurice loved Colts football and would go to games in Indianapolis when his schedule allowed. He appreciated good food and was a regular at many local restaurants. He was a great friend to multiple generations of families and his laugh could make a person smile on their darkest day. He was unique, caring, and kind.

Maurice always saw the best in people and would give compliments freely. His thoughtful insights will now be cherished memories of time spent with him. His joy for life and his passion for his job will be remembered with fondness. Though his light in this world has been extinguished, we will carry the light he shared with us all forever. He will be missed by the staff and customers at the library as well as his many friends.

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BRIAN SANG

October 15, 2021

Rest in peace.

Yvonne Etale

October 15, 2021

Uncle Maurice you've left us with many questions that you alone had answers, God saw a nice flower in his garden and plucked it to decorate his mansion, rest in peace.🌹

Joan Ngonze

October 15, 2021

Rip uncle Maurice till we met again

phanice aleo

October 15, 2021

it sad to hear about your death auncle maurice rip til we meet again

Elizabeth Nyaega

October 14, 2021

Life well lived
I need to get in touch with contact person please
My name is Elizabeth .
551-221-3557

Gladys Chege

October 14, 2021

Maurice’s mother Ethne was my elementary teacher. I went to the same school at Ekatsombero primary school, though a senior but he would come to check on the mum and share stories with us and also mentor us during break time. He was a role model in our school and we looked upto him. Maurice was kind, cool and generous. Really sad to find out his demise. The parents deaths that occurred within 2 weeks time must have been devastating for him. I am praying for his soul to rest In peace and also a word of comfort to the Olwali family especially his brother my friend and schoolmate. He will be missed greatly.
Rest In Peace Maurice. God knows your soul and your person you.

Jonathon Lutz

October 11, 2021

I loved working with Maurice at the library. I am so sad to hear he is gone.
He always had a smile and loved his job so much. He was an inspiration to me.

Maryann Mori

October 11, 2021

I was privileged to work with Maurice at EVPL. In fact, I was his supervisor for a couple of years. I have to say that Maurice was one of the finest people I have ever met, and certainly one of the most wonderful employees I've ever managed. Maurice loved God, and he loved other people. He successfully followed "the two greatest commandments." I am a richer person for having known Maurice. He will be sorely missed.

Melissa Davis

October 9, 2021

First I believe his birthday is September 7, 1960 - I believe the typo was my error repeated.
I have so many memories of Maurice. I met him at USI in 1980's.
He was such sweet soul with an amazing sense of wonder. He old me that when he saw the movie "Coming to America" and the main character did not know how to use the mop wringer, Maurice jumped and said, "I did that!" and then realized he was in a theater and sat back down.
He came over one day and said, "What are you doing?" I told him I was getting ready to have Big Red and a ham sandwich for lunch. He said, "What is a Big Reg and what is a ham sandwich?" I laughed and asked how long had he been here? So we had lunch and he discovered Big Red and ham sandwiches.
He loved working at the library and always had a smile on his face. I will miss him so much. My sympathy to everyone who knew and loved him.

Mark Chandler

October 9, 2021

I worked with Maurice at Central Library for 15 years .
He was the best employee ever.
He was very diplomatic , intelligent , funny , sincere , and the greatest man I have ever met.
My 88 year old Mother was always thrilled when she would call in a hold at CE and Maurice would answer the phone.
RIP my Brother !

Mark Chandler

FROM THE FAMILY