Sarah Elizabeth Olverson (Lit) to those who knew her was born on August 2, 1916 in Glendale, Ohio to Thomas and Laura Jones. She was an only child. Both parents proceeded Sarah in death at an early age and she went to live with her grandmother, aunts and cousins. Sarah departed this life on December 22, 2019. Sarah Elizabeth Olverson lived in this life to be 103 years old. She lived in this life worshiping the Lord and will continue to worship the Lord in God’ house, forever and ever.
Sarah was educated in the early 1920’s at the historic Eckstein School in Glendale, Ohio. It was an elementary school for negro children during the time of segregation in America. The school later integrated for grades nine through twelve. She always talked about going to school but, it was hard because of the times. Who would have thought that type of happening would occur in Ohio, but she persevered!
Sarah worked at Manor Catering located at the General Electric plant. She enjoyed meeting people and conversating with the elite executives who came in and dined. They would always ask for her because she was truthful, hardworking and witty. She became the Union Stewart for her coworkers. She always advocated for good working conditions and what was right for the workers. She worked there until she retired.
Sarah joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church under the pastorate of Dr. Otis Moss, Jr.at the old Mt. Zion on Wayne Avenue. She served in several ministries such as the Pastor’s Gospel Chorus, the Beautification Ministry, the Usherettes, where she served with her daughter and granddaughter as well as the Women’s Day Choir. She fatefully sung every Women’s Day that she could attend.
Sarah loved to line dance, shop and play pokeno. She looked forward in playing with her pokeno friends once a month. She was a fantastic bowler. She proudly displayed her trophies that she had won in her living room. Sarah could really cook! She made the best fried apples and pies. She did it with such ease. No one could imitate or touch them!
Sarah was married to William J. Olverson, and from this union there were six (6) children; four of the children are deceased. Wanda Delores Gray (George) and James Leroy Olverson are two of the remaining children that is still with us today, along with a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren and two special cousins, Harriet Brown and Harry Doty.
Sarah has completed her wonderful life journey to be with our heavenly father.
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