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Obituary: Olive Boren Stirland

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Olive Chambers McBride Boren Stirland, 96, loving wife, mother, grand-mother, teacher and friend, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 29, 2001, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She left while she was sleeping and went straight to heaven. We are sure she is happy to be home and to be with her friends and family again, but we will miss her dearly.

Olive was born December 23, 1904, in Oakley, Idaho, in the home built by her father, Elam Wells McBride, for her mother Olive Blackburn Chambers. She spent her childhood in Oakley, helping in the orchards, gardens and house, and playing with her brother, William, a constant companion. She learned to play piano, and music became a very important part of her life. She attended Oakley Academy and Albion State Normal College where she majored in music. She married Gilbert Reed Boren on July 9, 1924, in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple. They were married 41 years and spent most of those years in Burley, operating an automobile dealership and rearing four wonderful children. Olive chose to devote these years entirely to her home and the rearing of her children, for which they are eternally grateful.

Following Gilbert's death in 1965, Olive continued teaching piano in her home as she had done since 1944. Over the years she taught hundreds of children to play and she remembered each one with fondness and pride.

In 1972, after a brief courtship, Olive married Byron J. Stirland. They were the gentlest of companions. She was his "Liebchem," his little love. They shared home, families, love and laughter for nearly 22 years, until Byron's death in 1994.

Olive was gentle, loving, funny and kind. She could be feisty too, if that were called for. She did always what she thought was right and she showed us how to be good, strong and kind. The twinkle in her eye never faded, and we will miss her smile most of all.

She is survived by four children, Richard (Melvonna) Boren of Farmington, New Mexico, Carol (Spencer) Masich Addeman of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bruce (Dawneeta) Boren of Boise, Robert (Marjorie) Boren of Clayton, Idaho, and Lynne Boren of Oakley, Idaho; 16 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by one brother, William McBride; her favorite son-in-law, Steve Masich; and one great-grandchild, Amy Williams.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at the Burley West Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2420 Parke Avenue, with Bishop Robert L. Ramsey, officiating. Interment will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday, from 12 noon until 1:45 p.m. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Rasmussen Funeral Home, 1350 East 16th Street, Burley.