Olive was born February 27, 1920 in Sanford, Michigan to Walter and Elizabeth (Wagner) Smedley. She was the last survivor of her 7 siblings; Virginia Grell, Eva Tigner, Edward Smedley, Earl Smedley, Mable Stirling, Cora Smedley and William Smedley.
Olive was married to Wilton Laverty and Harold Whaley, who both preceded her in death.
Olive is survived by two sons, Larry (Mignon) Laverty, John (Jane) Laverty, and one daughter, Lynn (Steven) Grim. A Son, Steve LJ Laverty, was killed in action in Vietnam in 1970.
Olive is survived by fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren, and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren, and sisters-in-law, Maxine Bowling and Roberta Smedley, and brother-in-law Dale (Joyce) Laverty.
Olive loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and her neighborhood on “Bertha Drive” in Farwell.
A Private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements for cremation were handled by the Farwell Chapel of Stephenson-Wyman Funeral Home. Memorials in her name may be made to the Farwell United Methodist Church or the Veterans’ Freedom Park of Clare County. Please visit the on-line condolence page for Mrs. Laverty-Whaley at www.stephenson-wyman.com