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Olive H. Smith

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Olive Hope Smith of Rutland was called home to the Lord on Friday morning, June 22, 2012.

Olive was born at home at 51 Church St. in Rutland on October 31, 1919, daughter of Burton F. and Marjorie (Eaton) Smith. She attended Rutland schools and graduated from Rutland High School as a member of the Class of 1937. Olive went on and graduated from Rutland Business College.

World War II came and with it Olive enlisted with the Women's Army Corps (WAC). She served her country from 1942-1945 traveling to several assignments including Georgia, Texas and Washington, D.C., where she worked in several capacities including at the Pentagon. In 1945, she was honorably discharged as a sergeant, her rank became a nickname that would follow her for many years. Olive returned to Rutland and worked at the family businesses, Smith Lumber Co. on West Street and Bomoseen Auto Museum.

A true Vermonter, Olive was always helping others even if they didn't know it. In the early-1950s, along with a friend of hers, Ellen Porter, Olive founded the Rutland County Humane Society. Whether it was at the Hartford Book Store, the building on West Street, Wheeler's Farm in Pittsford and eventually the shelter on Stevens Road, she worked vigorously to improve quality of life for animals. She conveyed to those she loved that she never met an animal she didn't like.

Olive is survived by her sister, Marjorie June Soine of Rutland; nieces Margie Congdon (Edward) of North Clarendon, Martha Caverly, Portsmouth, N.H.; nephews John Kearton and David Smith Kearton of Mobile, Ala., Jon Christian Caverly of Manchester, N.H., Jefferson S. Caverly of Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Nathaniel E. Caverly of Framingham, Mass., along with several great-nieces and -nephews and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents and sisters Martha, Suzanne and Virginia.

There will be no calling hours but the family knows Olive would be pleased if folks went to Seward's Dairy Bar and had something to eat. Olive ate many a brunch there and encouraged people to support Vt. farm products.

The graveside service will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. in East Clarendon Cemetery with the Rev. Glenn Davis, pastor of the Village Baptist Church of Mount Holly, officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT 05763; or Vt. Farm Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 30, Middlebury, VT 05753.

Tossing Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Published in Rutland Herald on June 27, 2012
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