OSKALOOSA — Olive Irene Grade Baxter Vogel, 97, passed away 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 on 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 on Feb. 11, 1970; he died September 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, Illi., 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.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Fremont Funeral Chapel; Rev. Lois Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Lawn Cemetery near Ottumwa.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Crystal Heights Nursing Center or MHP Serenity House.