Olivet Winter Casey (July 2, 1919 – February 27, 2015) Born the fourth child to John Armistead Winders, Sr. and Sarah Lee Burkhalter Winters in Charleston, MS. She grew up attending St. John M. B. church and St. Paul’s CME Church. She joined the Baptist church at 12 years old, and was a member there until the family moved to Nashville, TN in 1937. She was a member of Fairfield MB Church until she moved to New Orleans in 1943. For many years she was a member of St. Paulus Lutheran Church, San Francisco.
In 1942 she was united in marriage to Vernal E, Casey who preceded her in death October 11, 1966. They had no children. Theirs was a nomadic life as they moved from military base to military base in the States and points in the Pacific Ocean.
Self-improvement motivated Olivet and she tried to do that by graduating from Pearl Senior High School in Nashville, TN; YMCA School of Commerce in New Orleans; City College of San Francisco; and San Francisco State University (Cum Laude). She was a life time member of the NAACP and also the San Francisco State University Alumni Association. She was a member of the American Association of University Women as well as a contributor to a long list of other organizations, notably the Urban League and the United Negro College Fund.
Olivet Casey always tried to be part of the solution to problems plaguing our society. She believed firmly in the idea that “Time is not measured in the years one lives, but what is done for others and one gives,” (Helen Steiner Rice)
She is survived by one sister, Pole Winters Fuqua, numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great great nieces and nephews. If life is a journey, it is often bumpy. Olivet thanks those who help her on the journey, as without their help, she could not have survived. Peace, Love, Joy.