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“Dear the Family of Susan Oliver Sensei,Praise the Lord for the memories of Susan Oliver Sensei. The pastors and congregations of the Japan Baptist...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Kano Yoshitaka

“I will always remember the kindness that Sue and Ed showed to us when we arrived in Japan in January of 1970. Sue exhibited all of the traits of a...Read More »
2 of 7 | Posted by: Mike Simoneaux - Coworker

“In the relationship box I put "friend," but I should perhaps have put "family," because this is my Aunt Sue from our Japan Baptist Mission family,...Read More »
3 of 7 | Posted by: Alice Hooker - BEREA, KY - Friend

“When Sherwood and I lived in Tokyo for language school, Ed and Sue lived near us. They were so kind to help us with practical info. They had us in...Read More »
4 of 7 | Posted by: Margaret Moffett - Austin, TX

“When we think of Sue (and Ed), we always remember their loving, positive, and friendly testimony of Christ in her life. The verse that immediately...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Gerald and Brenda Burch - Mobile, AL

“You have my sincerest condolences at this sad time. May you have peace and know that you are surrounded by love. Steve Satterwhite ”
6 of 7 | Posted by: John Satterwhite - Tampa, FL

“Mrs. Oliver was an amazing, kind and caring friend. I saw Sue at least once a week at the Inn at University Village while visiting my mother. I am so...Read More »
7 of 7 | Posted by: Joe Whatley - Tampa, FL


Susan Pyles Oliver passed away on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Florida Hospital in Tampa. Sue was born February 22, 1925 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Maude Johnston and Vernon Wendell Pyles. She attended Louisville public schools, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, and earned her bachelor's degree from Carson Newman College. Sue began her career in Louisville as a medical technologist at Norton Infirmary, while also attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Training School. It was there she met the love of her life and soulmate Edward Lee Oliver. They were married in 1948 and, shortly after, were appointed as missionaries by the Southern Baptist Convention. They sailed from San Francisco to Yokohama, Japan, in August, 1950.

In Japan they served in various cities: first in language school in Tokyo, then in Kagoshima, and in Kyoto. They returned to Tokyo and served the last 23 years of their careers there, preaching and teaching. During their 40 years in Japan they raised their family. Sue homeschooled their children and served as church musician playing the organ or the piano. She learned the art of Ikebana (flower arrangement), and taught English conversation and American style cooking to attract neighbors and friends to Christianity. She was a gracious homemaker, loving wife, and mother who was a devoted servant of her Lord. She was a skilled seamstress and avid gardener whose love of her "Old Kentucky Home" never waned.

Sue is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 49 years, her brother Vernon Wendell Pyles and infant son Mark Vernon Oliver. She is survived by her children Susan Oliver Fennell (Pat) Raleigh, NC, Anne Oliver Shoaf (Ed) Charlotte, NC, James Bedingfield Oliver (Kara) Keizer, OR, William Edward Oliver (Penny) Tampa, Jean Elizabeth Oliver-Holder (David) Bayfield, WI and Champaign-Urbana, IL. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and three nephews. She already loved two great granddaughters due to be born this spring.

Sue has been interred with her husband in the Florida National Cemetery at Bushnell. A service of celebration of her life will take place on June 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m., at Bayshore Baptist Church, 3111 West Morrison Avenue, Tampa, at the corner of MacDill and Morrison Avenues.

A special thank you is extended to the staff of The Inn at University Village for the loving care they provided our mother. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be sent to the University Village Scholarship Fund, 12401 N. 22nd St., Tampa, FL 33612.