Barbara Allyn Harvey Olcott was born in Readfield, Maine, on October 30, 1931 and died November 2, 2017 in Cape Fear Medical Center. She was raised in Lakeville, CT and graduated as Salutatorian at Housatonic Valley Regional High School. She graduated in 1953 cum laude with a double major in Chemistry and Secondary Education and a double minor in Mathematics and Physics from what is now Central Connecticut State University.
Barbara received a Teaching Fellowship in Chemistry at the University of Michigan where she met her husband Tom, also a Teaching Fellow in Chemistry. They were married on December 30, 1953. She continued teaching until the birth of their oldest child in 1955. However, she persevered and twenty-five years later obtained her Master’s Degree in Math Education at the University of West Virginia and began teaching math and science in junior and senior high schools. After moving to Fayetteville in 1979, she taught Math at Methodist College.
After almost 64 years of a successful and loving marriage, Barbara is survived by her husband Tom, their four children, Kathryn Olcott of Dunedin, New Zealand, Richard Olcott of Parkersburg , WV, Patricia Shaw of Southlake, TX, and Sandra Proshek of Rosemount, MN, six grandchildren, one great grandson, and her brother Vergne Harvey of Catawba, NC.
Throughout her life, Barbara was very active in the Girl Scouts and a water safety advocate and trainer of Water Safety Instructors for the Red Cross. In 1985, she was the Cumberland Red Cross Volunteer of the Year for “Appreciation for Water Safety Services”. She was Regent for the Liberty Point Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and was responsible for developing and instituting their annual American Flag Retirement Ceremony that to this day, involves other patriotic organizations.
Barbara was active in many other community organizations and activities. She was a charter member in several organizations locally including Cape Fear Studios, Cumberland Oratorio Singers, and Cumberland County Republican Women’s Club. She was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.
A memorial service with reception afterward will be held on November 18 at 2PM at Westminster Presbyterian Church Sanctuary in Fayetteville on Village Drive. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory should be made to the Music Ministry of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2505 Village Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Saturday November 18th, 2017
2505 Village Dr.
Fayetteville, NC 28304
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Having heard of your most recent loss, I want to leave you a brief post.I too well know the grief of losing love ones, and that at times like these, it is encouraging just to know that others are thinking about us. Something that has really helped me to cope with such losses, is the wonderful promise of Christ Jesus, recorded for our comfort at John 5:28,29. I hope, that when you are feeling up to it, that you are going to look up these powerful Scriptures, in your copy of The Bible. Also, I hope that this brief note, finds The Family feeling as good as can be expected Today.
With Greatest Sympathy, Your Neighbor : P.D.Walker.
Submitted by P.D.Walker on Nov 15 2017 08:24:23 AM
It was a joy to meet Barb and get to know her a bit. She was a vivacious, kind, funny woman. And a great woman of faith. We praise the Lord that we will one day be reunited in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.
Rob and Betsy Allyn
Submitted by Betsy Allyn on Nov 8 2017 02:23:18 PM
My deepest condolences to the Harvey/Olcott family:
Life indeed does take its turns. And when someone has been around for 86 years and falls asleep in death they have made beautiful memories to cherish. They will be missed. And, my heart aches for you. May you look forward to the Most High God of Comfort fulfilling His promises (Psalms 83:18 & 2Corinthians 1:3, 4).
Notice what He promises: Revelations 21:4 ( No more pain, tears, sorrow or death) and He even says where they are (Daniel 12:2), and the beautiful resurrection hope (John 5:28, 29) and where they will be ( Psalms 37:11) and how long (Psalms 37:29).
I hope that these few Scriptures were of some comfort to you as they were to us when our precious daughter fell asleep in death and recently my beloved husband of 50 years fell asleep in death. I truly understand the deep pain of losing a loved one.
Please hold onto those precious promises yes, seeing our loved ones again in perfect health (Isaiah 33:24).
My deep deep heartfelt sympathy,
Submitted by Sissy on Nov 5 2017 08:07:10 AM
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