Olive F. Hyatt, 92, Medford, Ore. passed away Saturday, April 6, 2013 at "Count Your Blessings" foster care home where she has resided for the last four years.
Olive was born January 15, 1921 in Paducah, Ky. Olive's father was career Army serving in both WWI and WWII and was not able to take care of her so Olive was raised by her grandmother in Holbrook, Ariz.
In April, 1942 while working at McClellan Field, Calif. Olive met Orbin (Pat) Hyatt who was serving in the Army Air Corps at Mather Field. Theirs was a whirlwind romance and under the guise (Olive's words) of Pat being transferred overseas they eloped to Reno, Nev. and were married after less than a 30-day courtship. Their marriage lasted for 47 years until Pat passed away in 1989.
After WWII they moved back to Dimmitt, Texas where Pat had been born and raised. Olive's love and passion was her music, and while living there Olive taught piano and organ lessons and played the organ for her church. They raised their three children there until they moved to Willow Ranch, Calif. in 1958. Olive worked for about a year with an attorney in Lakeview as a stenographer until she got a job with the Forest service at the Buck Creek Ranger Station in Willow Ranch. This began a career with the Forest Service that lasted for 23 years until Olive retired while working in Payson, Ariz. Olive and Pat moved to Medford, Ore. in 1986 to be closer to their family.
Olive leaves behind two children, Rosannetta Cloud and David Hyatt (Rita). Her middle child, Esther, predeceased her. She has 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
As noted Olive loved her music and she would sit and play the piano for hours. This was her therapy for all things. No matter how tired or frustrated with things she always had time for her music.
Olive had a very simplistic way in which she lived her life. She was guided by four basic yet simple beliefs. Olive had a deep and unwavering faith in her religion. No matter what the trials or tribulations, she could always solve them through prayer. Olive believed that there was good in everybody and if you would just look for it, you would find it. She believed that there was no job beneath her and she believed that our ability to succeed and accomplish anything in life was limited only by the degree of our willingness to work for it.
Olive enriched the lives of everyone she came in contact with and will be missed
At Olive's request, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, we would like to ask you to instead just take the time to hug a friend and your family members and tell them how much they mean to you.