July 12, 1914 ~ January 12, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
Olive Victoria Irene (Chase) Brathwaite was born on July 12, 1914 in British Guiana, the second of four children born to Rev. Samuel Christian Chase and Diana Amelia Chase. As a young child she lived both in the city of Georgetown and at Vergenogen, East Bank Essequibo enjoying both country and city life. Her father being an A.M.E. minister and her mother being an active missionary, she spent her childhood worshipping and serving in several A.M.E. churches. On completing her primary and secondary education she further developed her skills by attending secretarial training, becoming very proficient in shorthand and typing. In 1963, she completed a course in cosmetology. She made face powder and hairdressing. Because of her love for people, she was affectionately known as Ms. Vic /Aunty Vic /Vicky. In 1964, she left Guyana to join her daughter Gloria and her family in London. There she worked in the garment industry creating both male and female fashions. When she migrated to the U.S. in 1969 she continued her work in the garment industry. Olive's hands were blessed- she decorated bridal cakes, sewed, knitted, crocheted, made artificial flowers, caned chairs (upholstery) and even tried her hand at acetylene welding. Olive joined Bethel (L.A.) in 1971 and was member of the Bethel Senior Center. She was a very active participant in the Square Dance group, the Missionary Society and the Stewardess Board. Her activities in Los Angeles community included her membership in the village Green Senior Center, the Federation and was a founding member of the Guyana-American Social Club. She received numerous honors as Mother of the Year from the Belizean Heritage Association and the Guyana-American Social Club (1983 and 2003). In 1991, She was honored by Bethel A.M.E. Church for her outstanding and faithful service as a stewardess and in 1994 for devoted service as President (1990-1993) of Bethel AMEC Senior Citizens Outreach Ministry. Olive loved to play games with her family, friends and anyone she could get to sit down in a chair. She enjoyed winning at pokeno, bingo, uno, dominoes, card games and 'sorry'. She was an avid doll collector and made a variety of dolls herself. Olive was predeceased by two of her children, Stanley and Gloria. She leaves us a legacy of love, gentleness, kindness, compassion, deep faith and perseverance, She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Jones (Compton) of Boston, Errol Brathwaite (Florida) and Desiree Edwards (California); "foster children" Joan , Jennifer and Allison; grandchildren Art Smith Jr., Dionne Cooper, Kathryn, Tyrone and Clifton Jones, Jennifer (Jones) Brathwaite, Heather and Nigel Edwards, Trevor and Darren Brathwaite, Leisha Newton and sixteen great grandchildren. Cousins - Bishop Frederick H. Talbot, Chases, Grants and others and a host of great nieces and nephews and countless friends who have become family.