Betty Oliver graduated from Ouachita Baptist University in 1958 and dedicated her life to improving Arkansas agriculture and rural lifestyle. She held various leadership roles within the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.
Twenty-year old elevator girl survived when the cables in her car lowered her to Bellevue Hospital and her condition gradually improved over time.
Early Life and Education
Betty was born October 19th 1926 to Alfred Fikse and Johanna Spronk and had an extraordinary, abundant, prayerful, Christ-honoring life that blessed generations. Now with Him in Heaven.
An Ouachita Baptist University graduate in 1958, she held various leadership roles at Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service for 58 years. Inspired by her love of travel and animals, she also wrote books featuring two main characters Ollie and Mollie throughout their global adventures.
Betty was active in church activities as a Bible Study leader, pioneer girls leader, and women’s bible study participant. Betty and Chuck traveled extensively during their retirement years, hosting foreign exchange students. Furthermore, Betty and Chuck enjoyed home remodeling projects – they own both a 150-year-old log cabin in Georgia as well as one on St Simons Island as hobbies of home renovation projects.
Betty is an accomplished watercolor artist, having studied under esteemed instructors such as Tony Van Hasselt and Judi Betts. She holds signature membership with both Georgia Watercolor Society and Glynn Art Association.
She is widely recognized for her work on ‘Ugly Betty,’ which has been hailed by feminist groups for subverting stereotypes and its focus on body image issues.
Her personal life was equally well-documented, featuring relationships with men from music and sports such as singer Marc Bolan and South African musician Hugh Masekela; she also became friends with late rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix. Currently residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Achievement and Honors
Betty Oliver dedicated over 57 years of her life to the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, becoming its longest-serving employee and oldest. Her housing work in Lonoke County earned national renown. Additionally, she was an active member of First Baptist Church in Little Rock where she sang in their church choir.
She and her twin brother, Bob, were passionate collectors of folk music from all around the world. Additionally, she was an accomplished cook, quilter and gardener; not to mention an exceptionally generous friend and family member – one example being her philanthropic activities at Ouachita Baptist University that established a scholarship fund benefitting history students majoring.
Betty Oliver has an intense passion for travel and shares her adventures through TikTok, hosting photos and videos from many countries she has visited.
She volunteers at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters as both a docent and with therapy dog Ollie. Additionally, she and her husband serve as Wish Granters with Make-A-Wish Maine.
She has taken several watercolor workshops with well-known artists like Tony Van Hasselt, Judi Betts, and Linda Baker; is a Signature Member of Georgia Watercolor Society; Juried Member of Glynnn Art Association; McIntosh Arts Collective as well as gardening; bingo; crocheting; baking; camping as well as collecting salt and pepper shakers are her hobbies.
Betty White enjoyed an extensive and successful career that brought in millions of dollars for charity donations, becoming famously generous and kind over time.
She provided her voice for many films and television shows, such as ‘The Lorax’, ‘Toy Story 4’, ‘Save Me’, Hot in Cleveland (Cleveland), Bones (Bones) and Young and Hungry. She passed away on December 31, 2021 at 99 years old.
As an Amazon, she had many of the defining characteristics of her species: super strength, heightened senses, Zoolingualism (the ability to communicate and understand animals such as Jana her pet dirt-wolf), immunity to magic. Furthermore, she left much of her estate to three stepchildren as well as various animal charities.