Olga Davis Haigler

A family gathering will be held at a later date to celebrate the life of Olga Lillian Davis Haigler who died November 21, 2011.

Olga was born February 28, 1914, near Syracuse in Otoe County, Nebraska, the fourth of six daughters to Orlando Evan Davis and Anna Christina (Bengston) Davis. 

She graduated from Syracuse High School in 1932 and earned a teaching certificate from Peru State Normal School.  She taught at District #10 rural school until enrolling in St. Elizabeth School of Nursing in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She completed nurses’ training in 1940 and was appointed to active duty in the Army Nurse Corps as a Second Lieutenant at Camp Joseph T. Robinson in Arkansas. 

She married James P. Haigler in 1941.  They were married for 52 years before he preceded her in death December 1993.

In 1945 they moved to Hays, Kansas, where Dr. Haigler practiced medicine for forty years and they raised their three children.  Olga actively participated in P.T.A., Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, P.E.O., S.A.I., St. Anthony Hospital’s Auxiliary, duplicate bridge clubs, sewing club, garden club and the Kansas Medical Society Auxiliary. For more than forty years, she worked in, contributed hand-knit baby items, and helped manage the St. Anthony Hospital gift shop which raised funds for the hospital.  She was also a member of the American Legion, V.F.W., and the First Presbyterian Church in Hays.  Olga moved to the Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community in Lawrence in July, 2005.

Survivors include her three children: one son, James Pierre Haigler, Jr. (wife, Jan), Goodland, KS; two daughters, Judith Ann Krueger (husband, Nelson) and Martha Jane Marples (husband, Doug) both of Lawrence, KS; five grandchildren, Mike Haigler, Laramie, WY, Cindy Haigler, Golden, CO, Jacquie Krueger, Peter Marples and Kate Marples all of Lawrence, KS; and six great grandchildren.  She was also preceded in death by a grandson, Trevor Roy Krueger, and great grandson, Jack Stineman; her parents and five sisters: Barbara Thomson, Dorotha West, Eleanor Janeke, Helen Schavland, and Doris Veinotte.

Memorial contributions may be made to a scholarship Dr. and Mrs. Haigler established at Fort Hays State University Foundation for high school graduates from Ellis County, Kansas, who are pursuing a career in a medical field and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

8 Condolences

  1. LaVern and Darlene Braun on November 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Our sincere sympathy to the Haigler family. I remember the good times I had with your mother years ago when I helped clean your parents home. I can smell the rolls she used to make and the wonderful cookies at Christmas. May she rest in peace.

  2. Tony Schmidt on November 23, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Sad to hear of your loss. What an amazing full life she led. One of the kindest, most admirable people I knew growing up in Hays. Kindest wishes in this difficult time.

  3. Cheryl Fruetel on November 23, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I thought of the Haigler family as my family — wonderful memories of Olga while I was growing up in Hays. She was fun and thoughtful — truly a person to be admired. Just thinking of her brings a smile to my face. Our deepest sympathy to the whole family.

  4. Michael Bird on November 23, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I can’t even begin to count the many memories/blessings I have from Olga. She was an absolute pillar of morality and family values for me. I know she is resting in peace with Dr. Haigler,, and I will pray for the repose of her soul. My prayers are with her family.

  5. Lisa Artman Barkley on November 27, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Janie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Olga-especially her “rolly polly’s” on a Saturday morning. She was quite a lady!

    In prayer,


  6. Jani Eddy Castelli on December 2, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    Janie, Judy and family – I was so very sad to hear about Olga’s passing. Growing up, I can remember Olga being one of the best mom’s and we had so much fun at your house. She always had something for us to do and I can remember making candles for the first time in my life at your house. And she was the BEST cook ever! We had so many fond memories and we’ll carry those forever. My sincere sympathy to the whole family – she was a very, very special lady.

  7. Bill and Shirley Kane on December 3, 2011 at 11:00 am

    We had the pleasure of Olga’s company for many years. She was always a lovely lady and we were happy to be with her Our most sincere sympathy

  8. John & Twila Logsdon on December 10, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Olga was such a lady. We met in PEO, and I did love her. She was such a dear person
    May she Rest in Peace

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