Fay Conlee Oliver was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1927, to Verna and Clifton Conlee. She died peacefully in her home with her family gathered around her on December 2, 2018. Fay was the second of four girls, with whom she enjoyed close relationships all her life. She played the cornet, and went to college on a music scholarship. She graduated with a B.A. in English from Millsaps College in 1949, and later obtained her teaching certificate. She taught English in New Albany, MS, before answering an ad to teach in the “Golden West.” A natural adventuress, she left all her friends and family in her early twenties, moving to Erie, Colorado, where she continued to teach English. Having made a promise to God when she was a child, she then attended graduate school at Berkeley Baptist Divinity School (now American Baptist Divinity School of the West), earning her Master’s in Christian Education in 1955.