Olive Mixon Morrill

Published 12:12 am Friday, December 23, 2011

Mrs. Olive Mixon Morrill, 100, widow of David Lawrence Morrill and resident of Falkland, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, at her home.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the Parish Hall.

Mrs. Morrill was born on May 28, 1911, to the late George Howard Mixon and Annie Belle Pipkin Mixon Paul, of Core Point. She graduated from Drexel High School and the Durham College of Commerce. She worked as a secretary/bookkeeper with McCotter’s at Havens Wharf in Washington, before her marriage to David on July 29, 1934, and afterward at the New York School for the Deaf where her husband was an English professor.

After living in New Bern and Greenville, she and David settled in Falkland, home of his parents. As long as her health permitted, she was an avid gardener. She was active in civic affairs, serving as a commissioner for the Town of Falkland and was instrumental in raising funds for and building the Falkland Community Building. She was active in the Falkland Elementary School PTA, serving as president for several years. She established the first Girl Scout Troop at that school and was president of the Falkland Home Demonstration Club. She greatly enjoyed playing bridge and spending time on her beloved Pamlico River.

In 1954, she graduated from Kree Electrolysis Institute in New York, N.Y. On returning home, she opened her office in Greenville, being the only electrologist east of Raleigh for many years. She later moved her office to her home. She was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and St. Mary and Martha’s Chapter of Episcopal Church Women.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Olive Venetia Morrill Kue; brother, Rupert Mixon; sisters, Cottie Mixon Jowdy, Maggie Mixon Hartley, Amanda Mixon Brown, and Stella Mixon Mayhew; and half sister, Verla Paul Roundtree.

She is survived by her daughters, Edith Morrill-Wade and husband Roma of Beaufort, and Joy Morrill Collins of Falkland; grandchildren, Joey Kue, Melanie Kue Joyner, Howard Collins, Sunny Collins Davis, and A.J. Collins; and eight great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary & Martha Chapter of ECW c/o St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 401 E. Fourth St., Greenville, NC 27858 or to Gallaudet University, in memory of David and Olive Morrill, 1800 Florida Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation for her caregivers: Paulette Bullock, Carolyn Elks, Jean Morris and Sadie Jenkins; and also for UHS Hospice: Johnnie Jones, and Anna Mebane.

Arrangements are by Wilkerson Funeral Home & Crematory, Greenville.

Online condolences at www.wilkersonfuneralhome.com.