Annie Oliver passed away on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Washington Hospital in Fremont. She was 90-years old.
Annie was born on November 18, 1921 in Honomu, Hawaii, to Manuel and Salvadora Lopez. She married Walter Oliver in 1940, and they started a family in their hometown of Honomu, while Walter worked as a Park-Keeper at Akaka Falls. They relocated to California in 1956, settling in Los Altos, where they raised their four daughters.
Being one of nine children, Annie was pulled from school prematurely at age 14 to help at home, which resulted in her life-long quest to improve her education. As an adult, she enrolled in the Mountain View-Los Altos Adult Education program, and was rewarded with her high school diploma in 1971. She continued taking various courses and attending workshops, lectures and symposiums throughout her life. Learning was one of her passions.
Annie was also a very hard worker. She was popular as the neighborhood babysitter while she had young children, and worked as a Noon-Duty Aid at Santa Rita Elementary school. Her
love of children led her to pursue a career in pre-school teaching. Ultimately she managed infant-toddler socialization groups at
Escondido Village in Stanford.
Annie enjoyed traveling, and visited Hawaii many times over the years, keeping in touch with family members. In 1978, she traveled to Spain on a quest to find her family roots, and despite decades of lost family contact, she located many cousins and family members. Annie considered this one of her key accomplishments in life, and understanding her family roots gave her great peace and closure. She diligently constructed family trees, documenting previously unknown ancestor information. In 1985, she and several of her siblings traveled to Spain, where Annie shared the new-found family roots with them.
Annie is survived by her four daughters and three sons-in-law, Noelynn Oliver, Junelle (Richard Kroske) Wood, Jannae (Rick Loeper) Oliver, and Aprelle (Bill) Deuell, her four grandchildren, Alicia (Sean) Sargiotto, Alan Wood, Alex Oliver, and Ellie Deuell, her great-granddaughter, Maileia Sargiotto, and her two surviving sisters, Theresa Hosino, and Maria Roberts. She is predeceased by her husband, Walter Oliver, sons Walter Clyde (Sonny), and John, brothers Frank Lopez, Greg Lopez, John Lopez, Manuel Lopez, sisters Isabel Johnson, and Ramona Sarsuelo. Annie is also lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends, both in the United States, and in her ancestral country, Spain.