Virginia Lee Holcomb Oliver, formerly of New Boston, Ohio, passed peacefully on December 1, 2018, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Jan Oliver of Minford, Ohio. She was born December 14, 1919, the daughter of Garrett A. Holcomb and Winnie Thompson Holcomb. Raised in New Boston, Ohio, she graduated from Glenwood High School in 1937, attended Rio Grande College and received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Ohio University. Virginia was a dedicated school teacher for 37 1/2 years earning the respect of her colleagues and adoration of her students. She was a founding member of the local chapter of the teacher’s sorority, Alpha Gamma Delta, and a member of Central Church of Christ. Virginia was a loving and caring wife, mother, and grandmother to her family and a devoted educator to everyone she came in contact with.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Elmer Oliver Jr., on January 6, 2010, and her brothers, George Holcomb and Mervin Holcomb, and her sister, Mildred Eileen Wolfe. She is survived by her sons, Dr. Scott D. (Janice) Oliver of Minford, Ohio, and Stephen L. (LuAnn) Oliver of Upper Arlington, Ohio; six grandchildren, Sarah (Timothy) Burman and Carrie Oliver of Port Orange, Florida, Ryan (Jennifer Guerard) Oliver of Fairbanks, Alaska, Sean S. Oliver of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Hannah E. (Ryan Bleam) Oliver of Phoenix, Arizona, and Grant H. Oliver of Denver, Colorado; three great-granddaughters who were her joy in later life—Ella Virginia Burman, Elise Marie Oliver, and Ava Hazel Burman.
A funeral service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 9th, at the BRANT FUNERAL HOME IN SCIOTOVILLE with Dennis Dawes and The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Burial Park. The family will receive guests at Brant’s after 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, charitable donations may be made to SOMC Hospice, 2203 25th St. Portsmouth, Ohio, US Hereditary Angioedema Association, 10560 Main Street, Suite PS40, Fairfax City, VA 22030, or Central Church of Christ, 1211 Grandview Avenue, Portsmouth, Ohio.
“Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there; I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glints on snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn rain”. Mary Elizabeth Frye, 1932