Thursday, Valentine’s Day, Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) celebrated the life of long-time member Olive Henderson who passed away last month at the age of 98.
Olive had come to America shortly after World War II from her home in England where she served both our country and hers as a volunteer in the United Service Organization. She joined Central in 1983 and was an active volunteer in the Westside Workers and the Disciples Women’s Ministry, using her talents and skills to help those in need through both groups.
Officiating at the memorial service were Rev. Dr. Ken Crawford with music by pianist, Carolyn Shinn and soloist, B.J. Austin. Olive’s hobbies included kitting and ballroom dancing. She had knitted socks for the soldiers during the war from her home in England and later afghans for cancer patients at Parkland Hospital in Dallas. Olive had spent many years dancing at Dance USA in Dallas, and club members Kari Halme and Diane Montgomery honored Olive by performing a dance to Glen Miller’s big band music. Tributes were written by friend and dance partner, Joe Whitman, and Westside Worker, Katheryn Livengood.
Honoring Olive’ British heritage, afternoon tea was served in the church fellowship hall following the service.