Patricia Ann Flowers Olive Farris

Service

Date: Sat, August 26, 2017
Start time: 10:00 am
Location:
Heartland Presbyterian Church

Visitation

Patricia Ann Flowers Olive Farris

Patricia Ann Flowers Olive Farris was born February 5, 1930, the only child of Ira Paul and Aneita (Coleman) Flowers of rural Corning, Iowa. She passed away on August 22, 2017, at The Village at Legacy Pointe, Waukee, Iowa, at the age of 87 years, 6 months, and 17 days.

Patricia (Pat) was raised in rural Adams County. She attended Corning schools, graduating with the Class of 1948. During her junior-high and high-school years, she traveled by train to Council Bluffs each weekend to take ballet lessons. One summer she participated in a ballet camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Following high school, she attended Grinnell College and Drake University, graduating from Grinnell College in 1952 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. Upon graduation, she taught school in Jasper #2 rural school and worked in the Adams County Soil Conservation Office.
On February 16, 1953, Patricia was united in marriage to Russell Dean Olive, son of Melville and Lois (Homan) Olive. Three children were born to this union. Russ and Pat were farmers, initially renting a 160-acre farm southeast of Corning. In 1959 they purchased a farm near Brooks, Iowa, in Sections 6 and 7, Jasper Township.

Pat worked in the Corning florist shop in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Russell passed away on October 12, 2004. On June 16, 2007, Pat married Paul Dean Farris. Paul and Pat were high-school friends who were reacquainted at an all-school reunion in Corning. They lived in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and later in West Des Moines and Waukee, Iowa.

Pat enjoyed gardening, cooking, sewing, knitting, bridge, and the performing arts. Pat was a certified Master Gardener. She was notably a pie baker as attested by her children, grandchildren, and the participants of RAGBRAI. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Corning, Iowa, and later the Heartland Presbyterian Church of Waukee, Iowa.

Pat is survived by her husband, Paul Farris, of Waukee. Also surviving her are her three children; Leslie Allen (wife Diane), Randall Duane (wife Shirley), and Vivian Elaine (husband Randy); grandchildren Justina Brant, Ryan (Rachael) Olive, Suzanne (Michael) Locke, Rachael Olive, Rebecca Olive, and great granddaughter Kennedy Brant.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband, Russell; her grandson, Bryce Lee Mercer (1984-2008); her parents, and many other relatives. Patricia’s funeral will be Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Heartland Presbyterian Church, Clive, Iowa, at 10:00 a.m. Her family with meet with friends in the community room of the church following the service. Inurnment will be held at a later date.

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