Ilo Oliver claimed there was nothing extraordinary about herself, yet she impressed her family with her kindness, compassion and her positive outlook on life, said her daughter, Cathy Greenawald.
“In some ways, she was just an ordinary person who claimed there was nothing extraordinary about her, but that was part of her charm,” she said. “She took the time to be kind to everyone, interested in whatever they would talk about, always assuming the best about that person.”
Ilo Oliver, 87, of Valparaiso, died Sept. 30. She was a teacher and reading specialist for 26 years in the Portage school system. She was a member of Valparaiso First United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip C. Oliver Sr., in 1987.
A scholarship has been set up in her honor through the Valparaiso Schools Foundation and will be awarded to a Valparaiso High School student who plans to study elementary education.
Daughter Nancy Moats said her mother taught her family that every experience had a silver lining, Moats said.
Greenawald said her mother had a whimsical sense of humor and was always quick to count her blessings.
“She taught the four of us by example to always be nonjudgmental and to find the good in almost any situation,” she said.
She was active in her church, and loved to play mahjong. She enjoyed reading everything from newspapers to books, and had belonged to a book club.
She adored her grandchildren, and was their favorite “playmate.”
“She was, for us, her children, certainly one of our greatest, most precious blessings,” Greenawald said.