Wood, Olive Elizabeth


Olive Elizabeth Wood was born on May 24th 1956 to Ivy Maxwell and Osmond Wood in Manningsfield, Jamaica and died on April 19th, 2020 in Dallas, Texas.

Olive loved learning and sharing knowledge, even in her childhood she would act as a teacher to her friends in the community of Manningsfield. It is no surprise that she went on to be a teacher, working for several years as a trainee teacher at Patrick Town Primary school and obtaining her teaching degree from Bethlehem Teacher’s College in 1982. She then committed the next thirteen years to teaching music and reading at Winston Jones Comprehensive High School (formerly Pratville Secondary School). She not only taught her subjects but joined with the dynamic team of teachers there to create a school life filled with the production of exciting plays, school fairs and the infamous graduation songs where she conducted the graduating class like a maestro.

Olive migrated to the United States with her two daughters in 1997. She settled first in New York and took her love of caring for others into the field of nursing. She moved to Georgia, and then Philadelphia where she excelled first as a geriatric nurse and then finally specializing in pediatric care. Olive also met and married the love of her life Hemmerde Bartley with whom she eventually moved to Dallas in 2018.

Olive spent her last few years in Dallas enjoying time with her grand-daughter Madison and continuing to work as a nurse. She never stopped caring for others, teaching all she knew, volunteering with her church community and acting as a guide and a shoulder to her children, family and community.

Olive is survived by husband Hemmerde Bartley, daughters Chakera McIntosh and Kamille Wilkinson, grandchildren Amir Kane, Kassim Kane and Madison Mitchell, siblings Claudette Sinclair, Hugh Harding, Prudence McKenzie, Morais Brown, Jacqueline Brown, Mervyn Wood, Robert Wood, Laxley Wood, Devon Malcolm and Hilda West. She leaves behind her aunts, a host of nieces and nephews, cousins, dear friends and colleagues.  

A memorial service for Olive Elizabeth Wood will be held at a future date at the family home in Manchester, Jamaica.

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39 replies on “Wood, Olive Elizabeth”

Latoshia DickerClark says:

My sincere condolences to you Chake n Kay.. memories of alm the good times we have shared… your mom loved you girls so much n I am so sorry for your loss.. may her soul RIP…

Simone says:

May she sleep in peace and for her family I pray ur strength and happiness as you live with her memories and all that she taught you. Farewell and sleep well in Jesus arms

Emoni says:

My deepest condolences to your entire family. Auntie Olive was truly the rarest of all gem. Such a genuine person inside and out and she was loved very much! Always had a huge smile on her face and truly a wonderful Woman. So glad when I saw you a few years ago and gave you the BIGGEST hug! Such a wonderful surprise! May you rest in heaven and light up the world the same way you did here on earth. Love you. 💙

Angela J. says:

In Deepest Sympathy!
Now the Lord Of peace Himself give you peace always by all means. II Thess. 3:16
Remembering you in thought and asking God to bring you comfort and strength in this difficult time. Love, The Johnson’s

Annmarie Bryant says:

My sincere condolences to Hemmered,Chakie and Kay,I pray the Lord will wrap his arms around you all,let the Beautiful memories live on. RIP Aunty Olive

Katalina Szewczyk says:

I’m deeply sorry for your loss. May your beautiful mamma rest in peace and may all of the loving memories live on.Ease and light to you Chaki and to your sister in this time of transition and so much love.

Amy and Family says:

Olive I am so blessed to have known you, gardened with you, and have you as a friend. Thanks for sharing your girls with me. I will always cherish the time we had together. Rest in heaven my dear friend, you have left your body to be with the Lord, but the memories we made will always live with me.

Jacqueline Jefferson says:

Sending healing prayers and comforting hugs. I am thinking about you and sending love.

Patrick Walker says:

Olive is one of the best person I have ever met she is selfless and had a heart of gold.The bible’s description of a vertous woman speaks of the qualities displayed by her.There is no other person like her.Sincere condolences to the family .This is a great lost for all of us.We can however take comfort in the fact that he has fought a good fight and have kept the faith.It is my sincere believe that she will be in the number when the saints will be marching into the kingdom of God.

Lavern and Justin says:

This was the sweetest and kindest woman I’ve ever know. Heaven is a little bit brighter. SIP Mrs. Olive.

Lavern and Justin says:

This was the kindest woman I’ve ever known. Heaven is a little bit brighter. SIP Mrs. Olive

Deepak Morampudi says:

Hi Kamille, please accept my sincere condolences for your loss!

May her soul Rest in Peace!

Adrian Coker says:

Rest with the angels Olive. Continued thoughts and prayers for Kamille and the rest of the family. God bless.

Racquel Sutherland says:

My deepest condolences to my Uncle Earl and his two beautiful daughters. Miss Olive may your beautiful soul rest in heavenly peace and may light perpetually shine upon you. You were such a beautiful soul inside and out .Your big beautiful smile wss so warm and welcoming. I know you are in heaven smiling right now. RIP Miss Olive God only takes the best.

Mahesh Hariharan says:

Our heartfelt condolences to you and family, Kamille. On behalf of your DTMS SE/SI family, our prayers and wishes are with you always.

Becky Harte says:

In loving sympathy for your family. May God bring you comfort and peace. Many prayers

Claudette Sinclair says:

Be at peace dear sister.

Frank Padron says:

Hi Kamille,

I’m very sorry for your lost, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

May her soul RIP.

On the behalf of the family of. Earl Bartley towards his wife passing. Condolences be strong reggie


Kamille and Family:
May peace of mind come your way in the right time. My heartfelt sympathy to each of you. May the Lord wrap his loving arms around you with comfort in your time of need. Blessings to all.

Claudette Sinclair says:

Rest in peace my sister. You are missed.

Amy Fotta says:

Kamille, my sincerest condolences to your family and all those who knew and loved your mother. Sending prayers for comfort and peace.

Vida Maria McLaughlin says:

Olive,Woody, my SINCERE friend. You, Mally and I, as three childlike friends brought life to Winston Jones High! We played, laugh,cried and ate together as teachers eho hadn’t one problem in the whole wide world. Our life was simple and full of laughter. Your contagious laughter still thrills me even after thirty years. Girl, your eyes and glorious face glowing with excitement as you conduct the choirs at school is ever present in my memories. Woody, our rivalry on stage as your went to your wits end to get “Mr Foxx” not to marry me in our successful play, “Go Deh Miss Didi”.(laugh) Girl, Woody, My Dear Friend, I MISS YOU. “You are gone ….a bit soon”.

Shanice Mckenzie says:

To my dear auntie Olive! I will miss you dearly you were nothing but a bright light to our family. You and grandma will be together now. Our family has gained two more angels.

Love Shanice

Vida McLaughlin says:

Olive, Woody, my SINCERE friend. I fondly remember that you, Mally and I, with our childlike energies, transformed Winston Jones High school with music, dance and drama…..”DRAMUDA”. We, as teachers, were young, unencumbered, lived simple lives and were extremely happy teachers.
We were rivals on stage, “Go Deh Miss Didi”…..you as “affluent ‘Pearly'” and I as “Poor ‘Miss Didi'”. Girl, I never forget those flashing, full eyes filled with vengeance and determination to get “Mr Foxx” my secret admirer, away from me. Nobody watching would know that you were my DEAR friend off stage. (Laugh)
I can never forget your contagious laughter and the magnificent, electric expression as you led your graduation choirs in song. People came to graduation mainly to see you!!
Girl, I’m glad we revived our fun escapades when we last met at your house in Jamaica. My son remembers that we laughed our heads off as we reminisced on our beautiful…. FULL past!!
Woods, I really miss you!! You are gone…….a bit toooooo soon!!!

The Walkers says:

Hi family,
Please accept our condolences. Our thoughts are with you all during this time. Your mother was a pleasant woman to be around, supportive and loving. We can only imagine what each of you are going through. We are sorry for your loss.

The Walkers 🕊❤️

Gemma Davis says:

My loving friend Olive,you have lived a beautiful and peaceful life. I will always love and remember you .RIP.

Rita McLean says:

Sending our love and encouragement to Kamille and family. Know that Ms. Olive is resting in our Lord and Savior’s arms. Ms. Olive loved the Lord, had a relationship with Him and now she is at peace with Him. Stay anchored in the Lord so that you will see her again one day.

Roslyn Martin says:

On behalf of the Amity EMT group, we would like to express our condolences to the family. Olive was such a sweet and soft spoken person. Her faith never wavered. She was an encouragement to all she encountered.
Her presence will be missed. But, we know that she is in a far better place- no more sickness, pain, or suffering.
God’s blessings and comfort to the family.

Roslyn Martin

Beverley dyer says:

Sincere condolence to my Brother and his family …my dear sister there are no words to express how beautiful a person you were ….genuine loving and kind you will be missed take your rest my dear

Gifford Scott says:

My condolence to my brother and extended family who lost a wife, mother and grandmother this is coming from your brother and family.we express our deepest sympathy in this time of grief, knowing you have lost a beautiful soul. Be strong my brother.

Kabir Kelani says:

Olive was a pleasant,hardworking,punctual,honest,painstaking,and ever smiling co-worker. Nursing profession has lost a Gem.
She was a good family person. An ideal woman has departed this sinful world. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

Diana Gonzales says:

Ms. Olive was a great loving woman. She was my. Daughter’s Jaylene nurse she is a special needs child. Ms Olive gave her so much love and care. She taught me so much . She became family to us . She was a mother figure to me . Teaching me things about Jaylene that the hospital didn’t even teach me . So much love and patience she had. I can’t express the gratitude we have for Ms Olive. She will forever be in our hearts. I will never forget her nor will I let Jaylene forget her. God took an Angel back home. It hurts so bad but I know she’s at peace now . We love you Ms Olive. You would be so proud how far Jaylene has come . You were part of it all. RIP until we meet again know you will be loved and missed . You are our Angel now watching over us. Love you so much

Millicent Bartley says:

My heartfelt condolences to my brother Earl, Sister Kay, Sister Chakie and other family members. I pray God will give you the strength and courage that you need to go through this difficult period. May His unfailing love be your comfort now and forever. I know that you, and we all have lost a precious GEM.

I- Intelligent
S- Supportive
T- Talented
E- Elegant
R- Respectful

O- Obedient
L- Loving
I- Inspiring
V- Valiant
E- Energetic

These were some of the wonderful traits you exhibited while you were here with us Sis. Olive. I will never forget those radiant smiles with which you greeted everyone. The angels in heaven rejoice, as they welcome you on their heavenly choir.

We hold memories of you close to our hearts and there you will remain.

Rest in peace DEAR SISTER OLIVE as you wear the crown you truly won.

Love you in life and still love you.

Take your sweet rest in Jesus’ arms.

Millicent Bartley says:

S- Sincere
I- Intelligent
S- Supportive
T- Talented
E- Elegant
R- Respectful

O- Obedient
L- Loving
I- Inspiring
V- Valiant
E- Energetic

Janice Webbe says:

My Deepest sympathy to my brother and his family. I know this a difficult time for you all but God is able to see you through.
Sis Olive was in a league of her own, she was truly one of a kind.
I cannot find the words to describe this beautiful soul and to express my sadness that she’s no longer physically with us.
I know she will always be with us in spirit, she will never leave us because that was who she was, always caring, helpful, thoughtful, a truly selfless person.
I know she is at peace in heaven, still I will always miss her.
God took his beautiful Angel, I’m sure by now she’s received her wings.
Rest in Peace my Sister.
Peace be with you my dear Brother Earl and Wonderful Loving Family.
God Bless you all.
Love you lots

Kurton Dixon says:

My uncle please accept condolences on behalf of myself and my wife. It is regrettable the circumstances but we must find comfort in the arms of our heavenly father through prayer and meditation. We pray for strength for the family and pray our heavenly father comfort our hearts. May sister Olive’s soul find rest in the arms of her heavenly father.

Cori Ward says:

My deepest condolences to her family. She was one of the sweetest women I have ever met and I am so blessed to have met her. Heaven has gained another angel. Much love always Cori!

Rochelle Wilkinson says:

Ms. Olive is one of the few genuine people I’ve come to know. Her sweet name is perfectly fitting for her, May you Rest in Paradise. Sincerely Rochelle W.

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