Oliver Bice Olin Obituary
Oliver Bice was an outgoing, positive spiritual man. Always helping others, he loved spending time with his family and friends as well as belonging to First African Baptist Church where he produced a cookbook called Santas Sweet and Savory Treats – something his wife, two sons, as well as many nieces and nephews will remember fondly.
Early Life and Education
Oliver was born in Waverly, PA to George and Leona Olin as their fifth of eight children. She graduated as Salutatorian from Tioga Center High School in 1948 before continuing on to New York State Agricultural and Technical College at Delhi in 1950.
Her work explored the intersection between human consciousness and nature. She extended subjecthood to all elements of nature, thus modeling an approach to identity that does not depend on opposition for definition.
Her life was filled with loving family and many friends. She is survived by Richard Long III and Michael Long as well as Kathryn Kozik; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren are her legacy; in addition to countless nieces, nephews and cousins who also cherish their memories of her. Sadly she was predeceased by both parents as well as sister Lucille Chrisman.
Oliver worked in various fields such as oil and banking. She was also a member of Lafayette Desk and Derrick Club, and an enthusiastic University of Texas fan, as well as someone who enjoyed sparking lively political discussions.
She is survived by her sister Sally Ware from Lafayette, LA; daughter Lynda Oliver-Mays (Tom), Cashiers NC and son William Courtney Oliver III of San Diego CA with five grandchildren and a great grand daughter; however she was predeceased by two brothers: Billy Earl Terrell and Jerry Terrell.
She enjoyed cooking, sun bathing, shopping and estate sales and especially spending time with her family – including numerous nieces and nephews who she was an amazing auntie to.
Achievement and Honors
Oliver was an influential writer whose focus remained the relationship between human life and nature, language limits and this meeting point. Her works often displayed sincere joy at natural imagery depicted simply and plainly through language.
She received multiple honors, such as the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, becoming one of America’s most beloved poets in the process.
Darlene Dow was Darlene’s loving companion of seven years and survives along with two grandchildren; one grandniece; 12 great-nieces and nephews, along with other family and friends. Visitation will take place Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. at Hastings Funeral Home at 153 Spruce Street Morgantown followed by a Scriptural Wake Service at 8 pm for viewing before interment at St Mary’s Peace Garden Mausoleum of Star City.
Oliver was born during an era of great optimism as Americans returned home after World War II to rebuild their lives and build families. This renewed energy gave way to business expansion, job creation, and even an unprecedented baby boom.
He dedicated much of his personal life to charitable efforts, donating gallons of blood throughout his life. He was an active member of Springfield Host Lions Club and Asbury United Methodist Church as well as various volunteer organizations like Boy Scouts and P.E.T. of Southwest Missouri which offers personal energy transportation vehicles for people with mobility impairments.
He leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Connie; sons Michael and Steven Oliver; grandchildren Carly Oliver, Piper Oliver, Daniel Mastrofski, Reilly Smidt and Dina Oliver as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Donations in his memory may be made to Judes’ Hospital or Cancer Society of Michigan.
He served on the boards of trustees at First National City Bank and Akzona Inc, in addition to being on those for United States Chamber of Commerce and Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation.
Oliver leaves behind four children, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was an ardent supporter of his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Mario Oliver was an established model and entrepreneur known for owning clubs such as Vertigo and The Gate as well as elegant restaurants such as Tryst and Le Petit Four in Dominican Republic. According to reports, criminals broke into his home in Las Terrenas and stole valuable items including his safe-deposit box, Rolex watches, and other valuables before strangling him to death.