Nora Carrington OLIVER

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OLIVER, Nora Carrington August 5, 1923 - November 17, 2013 Nora was born in Madras, India, where her father was employed by the Standard Oil Company. At an early age she was sent to boarding school in England. She completed her secretarial training at Pitman Central College in London. Her shorthand and typing skills were exceptional. At the outbreak of WWII Nora joined the Wrens (Women's Royal Naval Service) and was assigned to Louis Mountbatten's London headquarters where he was the Chief of Combined Operations. When he became Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia Command she transferred to his offices in India and Ceylon. On May 5, 1945, Nora married Philip Oliver, an RCAF officer from Victoria, whom she had met six years earlier while playing tennis in London. Several weeks later Philip's overseas posting ended and he returned to Canada. A year later Nora travelled as a war bride on the SS Letitia from Southampton to Halifax, where she boarded a train to meet Philip in Vancouver. During the next sixteen years, Nora supported Philip's Air Force career, including postings to Ontario, Germany, Alberta and Egypt. After Philip's retirement in Victoria, Nora began a successful secretarial career in the BC Government. In her retirement years, Nora enjoyed regular outings to the Dutch Bakery for coffee with friends, to Rebar for a bowl of "extra hot" soup, to Starbucks for a latte and to Murchie's on Senior's Day to buy coffee beans for Margaret and Christine. Thanks Mum! She also enjoyed her annual Christmas visits with Michael and his family in Maple Ridge. Nora derived a great deal of pleasure from attending her grandchildren's performances, graduations and sporting events. She spent many happy hours on the sidelines sitting in her vintage lawn chair. Nora bravely endured many years of pain and discomfort as a result of shrapnel injuries and rheumatoid arthritis. When mobility challenges necessitated moves to Berwick House and Glenwarren Lodge, she accepted these changes with grace and determination. She was a real trouper! Nora was a lively and animated guest of honour, surrounded by family and friends, at her 90th birthday picnic. She was a devoted wife to Philip, who died in 1990, and a caring sister to Owen, Paula (Fred) and Jill (Dale). Nora will be remembered with love and admiration by her children Margaret Woodley (Mike), Christine Oliver and Michael Oliver (Suzanne). She was a loving and supportive grandmother to Maren Chapman (Ian), Merisa Andulajevic (Mike), Michelle Sheardown (Mark), Carrie Nugent (Cameron), Evan Nugent (Nitasha), Sara Smillie (John), Sean Oliver (Carly), Scott Oliver (Courtney) and Sam Oliver (Stephanie) and a proud great-grandmother to Makena and Zoe Chapman, Mason and Molly Andulajevic, Kate and Amy Sheardown and Nora Smillie. We would like to thank the kind and caring staff and residents at Berwick House and Glenwarren Lodge for their special care of Nora. Following Nora's wishes there will not be a service. Donations in Nora's memory may be made to the Arthritis Society, BC and Yukon Division Office, 895 W10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1 L7.

Published in The Times Colonist from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2013
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