Patricia “Patti” Lettau Oliver passed away on February 4, 2018, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Patti was born on April 30, 1953 in Newton, Kansas, to Florene and Gene “Gus” Lettau. She attended Newton High School, where she was head cheerleader, Homecoming Queen, and the best-looking girl in school. She graduated from Newton High in 1971.
She went on to study Human Development and Family Living at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and received her bachelor’s degree in 1975.
In 1977, she married Craig Oliver, her childhood sweetheart. In 1978, Patti and Craig moved from her beloved Lawrence to Springfield, Missouri; there, she worked for Commerce Bank and later Centerre Bank, where she worked until the birth of their first child, Caitlin Rose, in 1987. In 1989, she gave birth to their second child, Anne Christian.
Patti was a wonderful and attentive mother and loved her girls more than anything.
A natural athlete, Patti excelled at track in her teen years; later she enjoyed skiing, playing tennis, and working out at St. John’s Fitness Center, where she made many friends. Perpetually active and energetic, Patti also enjoyed doing yardwork and hauling the family’s recyclables to the Springfield Recycling Center, which was one of her favorite places in Springfield.
Her cheerful, genuine manner and innate wit and creativity were admired by many. She showed great kindness and compassion for every person she encountered; thus, her daily orbit brimmed with people who loved being in her presence. When she had spare time, Patti adored sharing a late afternoon beer and lively conversation with her best friend, Mary Powell Lawson.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Florene Rutschman Lettau and Gene Lettau, and her dear friend Mary Powell Lawson. She is survived by her husband, Craig Oliver; her two daughters Caitlin Rose Oliver and Anne Christian Oliver; brother Randy Lettau and wife Cheryl; brother Daryl Lettau and wife Angie; and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday Feb. 9, 2018 at King’s Way United Methodist Church, 2401 S. Lone Pine, under the direction of the Herman H. Lohmeyer Funeral Home, with the Pastor Laura Murphy officiating. A second service will be held the following Monday Feb. 12, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Monday in Greenwood Cemetery in Newton, Kansas.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Springfield Recycling Center, Smile Train International, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
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