Our Minister Emeritus
Rev. Manuel Holland
My Darling Olive passed away Monday evening. David and I send our deepest thanks to all who have expressed love and concern since I announced Olive was in Hospice care.
Olive started receiving care from Hospice Care of the Lowcountry the first of July. We chose HCL because we have been one of its supporters since its beginning and because of its fine professional staff, including its Chaplain, Rev. Charlie Tyler. We are grateful for the compassionate care Olive received.
Olive and I moved to Hilton Head in 1982. Many of us remember over the years since then how involved as a volunteer Olive became in church and community activities. She played the piano to accompany our hymn singing until we hired John Sheppard about ten years ago. She did our newsletter and Sunday bulletin for many years. When the Martin Luther King Planning Committee decided to have Fifth Saturday community service work projects Olive volunteered to manage the preparation of breakfast for the volunteers who met at All Saints Episcopal Church to be assigned to a work project. For many years on fifth Saturdays we arrived at the church at 6:00 AM to prepare for the breakfast.
Those are only a few of Olive’s contributions as a volunteer, I hope to highlight others at another time. For now, however, permit me to say a few words about Olive’s background for those among us who have not known her.
Olive was born in Providence, Rhode Island on October 2, 1928. She received a BA degree in History and Political Science from the University of Rhode Island. Later she received an MA degree in Religious Education from Andover-Newton Theological School. Much later Olive received an MA degree in Education Administration from Winthrop University. Among positions held over the years two stand out. For seven years Olive was Religious Education Director at the First Parish Unitarian Universalist in Framingham, Massachusetts. For eleven years she was employed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, first as a teacher in the program for academically gifted children and then as an assistant principal.