July 18, 1920 — June 6, 2013
Six-year Walla Walla resident Olive Faith Hoehn, 92, passed away in the presence of family at her home on Thursday evening, June 6, 2013. Born in Canada, Olive had lived with her physician husband Dr. Gustave H. Hoehn, M.D., in Sidney, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada; London; Kendu Bay Mission Hospital, Kenya; Los Angeles, Alhambra, Temple City, San Gabriel and Pasadena, Calif.; Courtenay and Nanaimo, British Columbia; all before Gus passed away in 1995. After being widowed, she lived near to her Fisher siblings in Creston, British Columbia, for several years. Olive finally moved to Walla Walla to be closer to her firstborn, Dr. John B. Hoehn, M.D., in 2006.
Next youngest of nine children, Olive was born July 18, 1920, in Hazelridge, Manitoba, Canada, to farmer and Municipal Reeve John Angus “Jack” and Olive Cornell Christopherson Fisher. She completed Consolidated High School in Hazelridge; Canadian University College, Lacombe, Alberta; RN at Walla Walla University School of Nursing, Portland; and later received a bachelor of science degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Phoenix.
On her birthday in July 18, 1944, she and Gus married in Portland, Ore. Trained as a registered nurse, she did work outside of the home before motherhood. Then with children she played her role as a homemaker, raising seven children, and being a second mother to several of her nieces who lived with her at various times. In 1952 she went with her husband and three little children as a missionary nurse to Kendu Bay Mission Hospital in Kenya, Africa. Olive was later president of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine Women’s Auxiliary, where she was also named “Woman of the Year.”
Converted at age 9 and baptized at age 18, Olive was a member of the Walla Walla University Seventh-day Adventist Church, and she and Gus were strong supporters of Christian Education and Missions all their lives.
She is survived by four daughters, Patricia Joanne Minola, J.D., of Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Trudy Lee Bohr ARNP of La Habra Heights, Calif.; Heidi Rae Hoehn of Sierra Madre, Calif.; and Tammie Gene Hoehn Singer of Denver.; three sons, John Byron Hoehn, M.D., of Walla Walla, Theodore Warren Hoehn, M.D., of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Scott Patrick Hoehn of Los Angeles; seven grandsons; one granddaughter; three great-grandsons; and two great-granddaughters. She was preceded in death by husband, Gus Hoehn, M.D., in 1995; all three of her sisters; and all five of her brothers, making Olive the last of that Fisher generation.
Olive’s mind remained alert and aware even as her body gave in to age and progressive heart failure. Her last few days were greatly improved by the kind services of Walla Walla Community Hospice. And her long-term caregivers, Debbie Pierce and Maureen Bridgeman, were faithful and loving companions until the end.
A memorial service will be held Saturday afternoon, June 15, 2013, at 2 p.m., in the Heubach Chapel of the Walla Walla University SDA Church. Family and friends may also write memories and sign an online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com.