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Olive Hill Garvey (White)

Birthplace: Arkansas City, Cowley, KS, United States
Death: May 04, 1993 (99)
Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Oliver Holmes White and Caroline White
Wife of Ray Hugh Garvey
Mother of Willard White Garvey; Ruth Caroline Garvey; James Sutherland Garvey and Olivia Ray Garvey
Sister of Ione Hill Hughes; Elliott Hill White; Mary Elizabeth White and Florence Ruth Guild

Managed by: Lee Beasley Garvey
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About Olive Hill Garvey

From the Kansas Historical Society website: Olive White was born in Arkansas City, Kansas, on July 15, 1893, the fourth of five children of Oliver Holmes White and Caroline Hill White. As an adult, Olive Garvey was a business executive, educator, author, playwright, poet, civic leader, and philanthropist.

She attended public schools in Topeka, Kansas, and graduated from Washburn College, now University, in Topeka with a bachelor of arts degree in 1914. She taught high school English in Augusta, Kansas, for two years after her graduation before marrying Ray Hugh Garvey on July 8, 1916, and settling in Colby, Kansas. The couple had four children: Ruth Caroline, Willard White, James Sutherland, and Olivia Rae.

Olive Garvey was chairman and a director of Garvey, Inc.; Garvey Center, Inc.; and SRI, Inc. She was also president and a trustee of Garvey Foundation and Family Charities Foundation and a trustee of thirty-four trusts. She was a director & trustee of Friends University of Wichita, Kansas, serving as chairman 1974 and honorary chairman 1975-1984; of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association; the Kansas 4-H Foundation; the Music Theatre of Wichita, Wichita Festival Committee; and the Kansas Coliseum Board. She was a member of the National Board of Governors of the Institute of Logopedics; the International Institute of Education; Republican Women; and the Wichita Metropolitan Council.

She received awards from Phi Kappa Phi, Nonoso, a Woman of the Year award; and the Delta Gamma Cable Award. She was awarded an honorary doctorate in public services from Friends University, honorary doctorate of letters from Oklahoma Christian College, and honorary doctorates from both Washburn University and Wilson College. She received the Salesman of the Year Award; Brotherhood Award NCCJ; Martin Palmer Humanitarian Award; Distinguished Service Award in Agriculture from Kansas State University; “Over the Years” Award and Uncommon Citizen Award of Wichita; and the Rose Award of Delta Gamma. She received a Medal of Honor from the Daughters of the American Revolution; a Distinguished Service Citation from the University of Kansas; Kansan of the Year for 1984; cited for Outstanding Service to 4-H for 1967; Patron of Kansas Press Women; Honorary Member of Clovia; and was named to the 4-H Hall of Fame in 1977. She was named to the Honor Roll of the American Society of Colonial Dames, and was included in Wichita State University’s Business Heritage Series of 1985 in a book by Dr. Billy Jones (Olive W. Garvey: Humanitarian, Corporate Executive, Uncommon Citizen). Garvey was a sponsor of the Hoover Presidential Library Association’s essay contest, the Mont Pelerin Society Annual Fellowships for prize-winning essays, and the Center for the Improvement of Human Functioning. She was affiliated with the National League of American Pen Women (serving as state president in 1952); the Kansas Authors’ Club (district president); P.E.O.; Delta Gamma Fraternity; National Society of Colonial Dames of America (state president in 1964); the Twentieth Century Club; the Jamestown Society; the Wichita Art Association; the American Association of University Women; Phi Kappa Phi; the Daughters of the American Revolution; and the Plymouth Congregational Church. She was included in Who’s Who of the Midwest; Who’s Who of American Women; 2,000 Women of Achievement; The Writer’s Directory; Dictionary of International Biography; International Who’s Who in Community Service; International Who’s Who of Professional and Business Women; International Directory of Distinguished Leadership; Directory of Distinguished Americans; 2,000 Notable Americans; Who’s Who in Kansas; Who’s Who in the USA; the North American edition of Women in Business; World’s Who’s Who of Women; Who’s Who in Finance & Industry; Community Leaders of America; and The Registry of American Achievement.

Olive Garvey died 4 May 1993 at the age of ninety-nine. http://www.kshs.org/dart/units/view/47087

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Olive Hill Garvey's Timeline

July 15, 1893
Arkansas City, Cowley, KS, United States
July 29, 1920
Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas, United States
May 4, 1993
Age 99
Wichita, Sedgwick, Kansas, United States