La Grande, Union County, Oregon

Daughter Of Pioneers Dies

A high Salvation Army official and daughter of a pioneer Summerville family, Olive Childers, died Saturday at a local hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will take place at the Dempsey Funeral Chapel Wednesday at 2 p.m. with Col. John Erickson officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery.

Born Nov. 3, 1880, Miss Childers was the daughter of Frank and Mary Childers. Childers was one-time sheriff of Union County.

Miss Childers had served as a Salvation Army officer since 1898 and worked in the La Grande area from 1915 until 1917. She held some of the highest posts for women in the Army and served as superintendent of the home for unwed mothers both in Denver, Colo., and Los Angeles, Calif.

She retired from active service in 1940 and had made her home here since that time. She resided at 1306 Fifth Ave.

Surviving is one niece, Adla Rose Edwards, La Habra, Calif., a sister, Della Wagner preceded her in death last November.

La Grande Observer
Monday, July 31, 1961
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