Olive Irene Grade Baxter Vogel, age 97, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013, at Crystal Heights Care Center in Oskaloosa.
She was born March 21, 1916, in Fremont, the daughter of J. Earl Grade and Sadie Breon Grade. She attended school in Fremont. Olive helped her dad on the farm, and drove the pony when they hauled water during thrashing season.
She was united in marriage to Filby Baxter, Aug. 2, 1932. Following her marriage she and her husband moved to Farson and resided there until 1947 when they moved north of Hedrick. Filby died June 29, 1965.
Olive was united in marriage to James Joseph Vogel, Feb. 11, 1970, he died Sept. 29, 1997.
Olive was employed at Dickey's Prairie Home Restaurant for many years. She moved to Melrose in 1970, and in 1989, moved to Moravia. She was active in school sports, enjoyed reading, working puzzles, gardening, being outside, and was known by the family for her famous raisin pies. Olive was a member of Farm Bureau and a leader of 4-H of Keokuk County.
Olive is survived by her sons: Earl Joe (Mary Lou) Baxter, of Marion, Ill., and Donald LeRoy (Jean) Baxter, of Kingman, Ariz; Four daughters: Pauline Louise (Kenneth) Seaba, of Webster, Marjorie Marie (Jim) Van Polen, of Bussey, Linda Lee (Gary) Tedrow, of Salem, and Janice Arlene (Steven) West, of Fremont; 17 grandchildren: 38 great-grandchildren: 16 great-great-grandchildren; and a sister; Eva Gertrude Echelberry, of Hedrick.
She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands; a son, David Ray Baxter; three granddaughters; one great-granddaughter; two brothers: Ward Gilbert Grade and Glenn Robert Grade; and Two sisters: Doris Lola Baxter and Hildred Mae Baxter.
Visitation will be Friday, Nov. 8, from 5-7 p.m. at the Fremont Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in the Fremont Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Lois Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery near Ottumwa. Memorials may be made to Crystal Heights Nursing Center or MHP Serenity House.
Fremont Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.