In memory of
LEVONA SARAH WILLIAMS OLMSTED M.D.
OLMSTED Levona Olmsted, MD was born November 15, 1926 in Anthony, KS. Dr. Olmsted, respected and beloved by her patients and colleagues, practiced medicine as an oncologist at the VA and University Hospitals in Cleveland Ohio from 1969 until 1996. Levona grew up in Wakita, Oklahoma, a small farming town 50 miles east of the dust bowl. Her father was born on the home site that his father had staked in the Cherokee Strip run in 1893. As a small child her mother came by wagon from Missouri to Oklahoma, where many family members still live. Levona went to college during World War II and graduated from the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1951. She met C. Bushnell Olmsted of Buffalo, NY on a volunteer project of the Lisle Fellowship, an organization committed to a more just social order in which persons of all cultures, social classes, religious affiliations, nationalities and political persuasions are full participants. Levona and Bush recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary. They raised their children, Bob, Sue, Don, Elizabeth, and Marilyn, in the Ludlow community in the Shaker Heights school district. In the 1960s, Ludlow was a nationally renowned demonstration of successful racial integration. Levona and Bush made tremendous volunteer contributions to the Ludlow Community Association, PTA, and Girl Scouts. Levona will be remembered for her pioneering work as a female physician and oncologist, commitment to civil rights and social justice, gorgeous flower gardens, tireless community volunteer work, her brilliant and creative mind, scrumptious cooking, love of children, and awesome fun hours with her 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. She passed peacefully on February 4, 2018, in Oberlin, OH, surrounded by her husband and children. The family thanks the staff at Kendal and Ohio Living for their loving care. Donations to a scholarship in Levona's honor for women and under-represented minorities at the Dell Medical School can be made online here: Levona W. Olmsted, M.D. and Mary Ann Wallace Endowed Scholarship . Donations to the Mary E. Flahive Scholarship Fund established by Levona and Bush at The Cleveland Museum of Natural History can be made by contacting John Keller, Director of Campaign and Planned Giving at 216.231.4600, ext. 3217 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The family plans to hold a celebration of Levona's life when we can enjoy the sunshine and flowers that she loved so much. Please visit www.forevermissed.com/ levona-williams-olmsted.
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