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Helen D. Oliver

April 9, 1938 May 3, 2017
Helen D. Oliver
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Obituary for Helen D. Oliver

Helen D. Oliver, a longtime resident of Milford, died peacefully at home on May 3, 2017 after a year long battle with sarcoma cancer.

Helen Daisetta Oliver was born on April 9, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan to Wilbur and Daisy (nee. Brunton) Raymond and was a graduate of Redford Union High School. 

Harold met Helen while visiting his cousin May, who lived across the street. The two quickly became friends. Harold’s first memory of Helen was that she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. The couple reacquainted as teenagers and quickly fell in love, a love and partnership that would span over sixty years. Helen and Harold drove to Angola, Indiana and were married on August 18, 1954. One month later, Helen and Harold were married in their family church, Grace Lutheran in Redford and celebrated their union with all of their family and friends. 

Helen and Harold made their home in Farmington where Harold was building homes. Several years later Harold built a home for their growing family in Lake Sherwood in Milford, where they enjoyed many lifelong friendships. For forty years, Helen and a few of the Lake Sherwood ladies enjoyed regular lunch dates together. 

Helen was very intelligent, well organized and very patient — she was well suited for life with Harold (who was ever busy with his building company, H.D. Oliver CO) and helped him keep notes and answer business phone calls, as well as tend to the needs of five children. She was the most kind and caring mother and a true matriarch of her family. Helen loved all children and truly cherished time nurturing others. After Helen raised her children and helped bring up her grandchildren, she began volunteering at Our Savior Lutheran Church and school, helped to initiate M.O.P.S and was the official family babysitter through the generations. Helen and the children looked forward to Friday’s when she would babysit her grandchildren to give their mothers a break. 

Helen was very talented and loved to enrich the lives of others with her creations. She made much of her kid’s clothing, sewed dresses for special occasions and made Halloween costumes for her grandchildren. Her home was decorated with dolls she made and painted by hand, she even sewed all their dresses. She also made several ceramic pieces for her family. Each child and grandchild has a handmade ceramic pumpkin with their name carved on the front. 

Helen lived life to the fullest and was a true people person at heart. Her kind nature touched the lives of everyone she met.

She will be remembered for her generosity and compassion, her tireless devotion to her family and her love for the simple pleasures in life that can be found in family and good friends.

She is survived by her husband, Harold; sons, Harold (Joanne) Oliver, Rodney (Ruth) Oliver, Michael (Kristin); sister, Cheryle (Michael Shamo) Oliver; grandchildren, Travis, Melissa, and Amy Oliver, Nicole, Ana and Jake Oliver, Josh and Justin Oliver, and Lauren and Tiffany Shamo; great-grandchildren, Cameron and Easton; brother, Jim Bruton as well as extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carole Warren and brother, Joe Brunton.

Services will be held privately.

Memorial contributions may be made to Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13667 Highland Rd, Hartland, Michigan 48353.

For further information phone Lynch & Sons, Milford at 248-684-6645.

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Our Savior Lutheran Church

13667 Highland Rd

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