EAST LIVERPOOL - Olive Marie Keener, of Eagle Drive, Turkana Hills, loving mother, grandmother, and special friend to many, went to be with Jesus and dance with the angels on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at 7:15 p.m. at her residence following a lengthy illness.
Born Sept. 11, 1922, at Chester, she was the youngest and last remaining child of the late George Frederick and Mollie Seevers Reukauf. She was a lifetime area resident, and graduate of Chester High School in 1941.
Olive was preceded in death by her loving husband, Glen William Keener in 1983.
She is survived by her children, Roy Thomas Fitzsimmons and his wife, Kathy of Spokane, Wash., Timothy George Fitzsimmons and his wife, Chris of Cape Haze, Fla., Glenna Annarino and her husband, John of Columbus, Ohio, and Lori Jackson and her husband, Gale of East Liverpool; and one stepson, William Glen Keener and his wife, Ginny of Salem.
Also surviving are her grandchildren, Renee Fitzsimmons, Katie and Johnny Annarino, Brooke, Brianne, and Abigail Jackson; and her step-grandchildren, Lisa O'Rourke and Amber Reynolds; along with six step-great-grandchildren. Her niece and best friend, Cassie Adkins and her husband, Lyle also survives.
In addition, she was also preceded by two sisters, Mary Powers and Helen Bittinger; one brother, Eugene Reukauf; half-brothers Warren, Arthur, and George Reukauf; and half-sisters Ida Russ and Flora Lampman.
Olive joined the First Church of the Nazarene in East Liverpool in 1965. She was an active church member, assuming many roles. She was a member of the official Church Board as well as the Sunday School Board. She served as the Missionary President and was a greeter. She was a member of the Rose of Sharon Class and served as its president for over 50 years. Olive was instrumental in developing the Church Bus Ministry and she went into the community to minister to the area children. All the local children called her the "Candy Lady" when she visited. Her dedication to the church was acknowledged in 1986 when she was awarded the "Distinguished Service Award" which is the highest honor for service bestowed by the National Church of the Nazarene.
She was well known for her sense of humor and for her kindness by all who knew and loved her. The love and pride she felt for her grandchildren was her greatest joy. She was a faithful and enthusiastic volleyball fan at her granddaughters games, be it junior high, high school or college. She was an avid NBA Basketball fan. Her son-in-law, John took her to watch her NBA heroes, Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Many evenings were spent with her granddaughter, Brooke and her fiance, Jeff Hanselman watching games on television. Olive and her late husband, Glen were also members of the "Hit and Miss" bowling league for 20 years.
Friends may visit the family at the Dawson Funeral Home on Tuesday from 2-4 and from 6-8 p.m. Pastor Merrill Williams of the church will conduct a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in Locust Hill Cemetery.
Immediately following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center.
The family would like to thank her compassionate caregivers, Darlene Kane, Charlotte Hawk, Sierra Powell, and Dorothy Morris.
View Mrs. Keener's memorial webpage and send condolences online at: www.dawsonfuneralhome.com