Olga Lillian Davis Haigler 1914 - 2011
A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate the life of Olga Lillian Davis Haigler.
Mrs. Haigler died Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.
She was born Feb. 28, 1914, near Syracuse in Otoe County, Neb., the daughter of Orlando Evan Davis and Anna Christina Bengston Davis.
She graduated from Syracuse High School in 1932 and earned a teaching certificate from Peru State Normal School. She taught at District No. 10 rural school until enrolling in St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lincoln, Neb. She completed nurses’ training in 1940 and was appointed to active duty in the Army Nurse Corps as a Second Lieutenant at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas.
In 1945 she and her husband moved to Hays. Mrs. Haigler actively participated in P.T.A., Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, P.E.O., S.A.I., St. Anthony Hospital’s Auxiliary, duplicate bridge clubs, sewing club, garden club and the Kansas Medical Society Auxiliary. For more than 40 years, she worked in, contributed hand-knitted baby items and helped manage the St. Anthony Hospital gift shop, which raised funds for the hospital. She was also a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the First Presbyterian Church in Hays.
Mrs. Haigler moved to the Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence in July 2005.
She married James P. Haigler in 1941. They were married for 52 years before he preceded her in death in December 1993.
She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Trevor Roy Krueger, and great-grandson, Jack Stineman; her parents; and five sisters, Barbara Thomson, Dorotha West, Eleanor Janeke, Helen Schavland and Doris Veinotte.
Survivors include one son, James Pierre Haigler Jr. and wife Jan, Goodland; two daughters, Judith Ann Krueger and husband Nelson, and Martha Jane Marples and husband Doug, both of Lawrence; five grandchildren, Mike Haigler, Cindy Haigler, Jacquie Krueger, Peter Marples and Kate Marples; and six great-grandchildren.
The family suggests memorials to a scholarship that Dr. and Mrs. Haigler established at Fort Hays State University Foundation for high school graduates from Ellis County who are pursuing a career in a medical field, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St., Lawrence, KS 66044.
Online condolences may be sent at warrenmcelwain.com.