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Tommy Olmstead

Tommy Olmstead

Thursday, July 31st, 1930 - Sunday, January 26th, 2020
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Obituary

Tommy Olmstead, 89, of Coldwater, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Grand Vista Assisted Living.
The funeral service will be held Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Coldwater with Pastors David Pierce and Bob Ward officiating. A private family burial will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 3-8:00 PM at Dutcher Funeral Home in Coldwater.
Tommy was born July 31, 1930 in Angola, IN to Walter & Margaret (Whitmer) Smith. She married Royce A. Olmstead on October 24, 1948 in Coldwater. He preceded her in death on May 12, 2007.
Mrs. Olmstead worked for the Department of Social Services for 20 years. She was a very active member of the First Baptist Church, serving in many capacities including Christian Education Director and Sunday School teacher for over 50 years. Tommy spoke for many christian women’s clubs, women’s retreats and mother/daughter banquets. She was a Bible teacher at the Branch County Jail, volunteer Chaplain at Florence Crane women’s prison and was chosen Woman of the Year in 2018 by Power of the Purse. Tommy’s passion was establishing “Tommy’s House”, a recovery facility for women who need extra help in maintaining a sober life.
Tommy enjoyed sewing, knitting, reading and most of all baking cookies for EVERYONE. Her cookie baking ended when she relocated to Grand Vista in 2016, leaving her home of over 50 years. Her greatest joy came from her family, especially her many grand and great grandchildren.
Tommy is survived by her sons and daughters-in-love Michael (Deborah) Olmstead of Derby, KS, Steven (Patty) Olmstead of Coldwater, David (LaDonia) Olmstead of Angola, IN, Jim (Kathy) Olmstead of Quincy, Tom (Jody) Olmstead of Coldwater, her foster son Larry (Carla) Raymond of Glenwood Springs, CO, 12 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and 4 great, great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Patricia Smith.
Memorials may be directed to Tommy’s House or Forgotten Man Ministries. www.dutcherfh.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 | 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 3:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Dutcher Funeral Home
    Address
    440 W. Chicago St.
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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  • Service

    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, January 30th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    First Baptist Church - Coldwater
    Address
    102 Bishop Avenue
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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    Officiant
    Pastor David Pierce
    Co-Celebrant
    Pastor Bob Ward
  • Interment

    Location
    Oak Grove Cemetery
    Address
    809 W. Chicago St.
    COLDWATER, MI 49036
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Nancy Green

Posted at 10:16pm
I worked with Tommy for 12 years at Social Services. What a wonderful person she was. After awhile she became my supervisor and myself and a couple of other girls just loved to pull her change. One day while sitting in her office, we were discussing a difference of opinions and she went to make a phone call by picking up the handset and punching the numbers on her calculator. Oh, my, we had the biggest laugh and were able to settle our differences amicably. I sure loved her. She was definitely an angel here on earth.

John Williams

Posted at 02:30pm
Deepest sympathies and condolences to the Olmstead family. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.
The extended Williams family
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BRENDA KLINE

Posted at 08:16pm
TOMMY AND ROYCE WERE GOOD FRIENDS OF OUR FAMILY. FROM THE TIME I WAS A YOUNG CHILD, I REMEMBER TOMMY AS ONE WHO FAITHFULLY TAUGHT ABOUT GOD AND HIS WORD. MY MOM WAS ESPECIALLY CLOSE TO TOMMY AND I KNOW THEIR REUNION IN HEAVEN WAS INCREDIBLE. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING TOMMY AGAIN WHEN I, TOO, SEE MY SAVIOR AND LORD FACE TO FACE. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH THE FAMILY.
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Andrew Lombardo

Posted at 01:34pm
What a privilege to have known and worked with and enjoyed her friendship all these years. She was a most incredible and talented and loving woman!
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Mark Smith

Posted at 10:12am
My sympathies and condolences to cousins Mike, Steve, Dave, Jim and Tom and your families, you are in my thoughts. Aunt Tommy will be missed.
Mark Smith
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