Olive Nugent Wyrick, 94, died July 10, 2019. A visitation will be held from 1-3 PM, Sunday, July 14, at Johnson County Funeral Chapel, 11200 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, KS 66210. Funeral service will be at 10 AM, Monday, July 15, also at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Green Lawn Cemetery.
Olive Johnson Nugent Wyrick was born on November 5, 1924 in rural Jackson County, Missouri, and moved to Kansas City as teenager. Olive was one of three girls, and the sisters were close throughout their lives. She graduated from Northeast High School in 1943, and began working at Traveler’s Insurance.
She and Edward Nugent married in 1948, and had two children, Les and Karen. Olive was a homemaker for many years, and was involved in many activities. She was both a Cub Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout Leader, and was active in her children’s schools. She and Eddie loved dancing, from ballroom to square dancing, and belonged to the 50/50 Ballroom dance club and Arrowhead Squares. They also loved to travel, whether family vacations or trips on their own. Both Olive and Eddie were active in their church, St. Mark’s Methodist Church, which they joined in 1954, and where Olive was a member until her passing.
Olive went back to work at Traveler’s and later took early retirement. After obtaining a paralegal certificate from Johnson County Community College, Olive worked for the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office until Eddie’s death in 1988.
In 1991, Olive married Claude “Bud” Wyrick. Olive began china painting every week, and hand-painted many pieces over the next years. Olive and Bud played Bridge, square danced, and enjoyed time with their children and grandchildren, as well as extended family. Both were very active at St. Mark’s and had many friends with whom they socialized. They enjoyed 21 years of marriage until Bud’s passing.
Olive was preceded in death by both husbands; her parents David and Ella Johnson( and her sister Rosella Epperson.
She is survived by children, Les (Danelle) Nugent, Karen Nugent; grandchildren Matt (Amanda) Nugent, Andrea (Dan) Goodhope, Laura (Luke)Matthews, Christopher Nugent, and Caroline Nugent; as well as great -grandchildren, Courtney and Julia Matthews, Emily Nugent, and Gabrielle Goodhope; and sister Martha Johnson.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice in honor of Olive.