Olive P. Emerson, age 96 of Pittsburg, Kan. passed from this life Thursday, July 14, 2011 at Via Christi Hospital, Pittsburg, Kan.

Olive was born March 9, 1915 in Rural Cherokee County, Kan. to the union of Herbert Harvey and Fannie Kansas (Heistand) Paradee. She attended Kansas Teachers College, obtaining her teaching certificate. Following she taught in a one room school house. She was very proud of the fact that her children graduated college.

She was united in marriage March 21, 1936 in Vinta, Okla. to Luther Eugene Emerson. He precedes her in death. Olive was a homemaker loving and caring for her family and friends. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Columbus, Kan. Her and Luther were members of the Slighty Square, Square dance club. She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, writing and reading poetry.

Olive was preceded in death by her parents, husband, three sisters and two brothers; three grandchildren Barbara Emerson, David Emerson, and Marjorie Norris.

She is survived by one son Robert Eugene Emerson and wife Jeanette of Adrian, Mo.; three daughters, Patricia McDonald and husband John of Huntsville, Ala., Betty Wintle and husband James R. of Durant, Okla., Carolyn Sue McColm of Pittsburg, Kan.; one brother, Robert Paradee of Cave-in-rock, Ill.; one sister, Bonnie Ligon of Columbus, Kan.; five grandchildren, Alan McCrispin and wife Susan of Huntsville, Al, Donna Benedict and husband David of Scammon, Kan., Anne Ortega and husband Junar of Edinboro, Penn., Brian Mccolm and wife Angela of Wichita, Kan., and James E. Wentle and wife Jennifer of Alexandria, Va.; eight great grandchildren and four great great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Monday, July 18, 2011 at Derfelt Funeral Home of Columbus. Burial will follow in Lone Elm Cemetery. Family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, Columbus, KS in care of the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.dereltfuneralhomes.com .