Olive Ruth Cooley Fleener died March 27.

Olive was born May 27, 1920, to Merrick and Ruth Cooley in Alturas, Calif. She was the seventh child of eight.

Her mother, Ruth, passed away during childbirth when she was 3 years old. She eventually went to live with her sister, Blanche Dunn, who raised her as a daughter.

She spent her younger days in Oregon, enjoying the outdoors, playing on “the ranch,” and hunting for arrowheads.

Olive married Medley Irwin Fleener, and they lived in many locations throughout the western United States. From this union they had three children, Ernest, C. Carmen and Shannon. Olive loved her family and worked a variety of jobs to care for them.

She was devoted to reading and studying the Bible on a regular basis. Olive always had a love for art, the outdoors, gardening, and had a personal flair that was only hers.

Olive is survived by her son, Ernest (Dot) Fleener of Texas; sons-in-law, Tom Tiffany and Larry Bouck; grandchildren, Bonnie Vaughn, Shelley Christensen, DeAnn Jansen, Sean Fleener, Ernie Fleener, Leslie Wardlaw, Senta Sandburg, Kyle Tiffany and Patrick Tiffany; niece and special friend, Mavis Oard; as well as several nieces, nephews and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, “Irwin” Fleener; and her daughters, Carmen and Shannon.

Contributions in Olive Fleener’s memory may be made to the Harney County Senior and Community Services Center, in care of LaFollette’s Chapel, P.O. Box 488, Burns, OR. 97720.


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