Olive was born in Bowsman, Manitoba to Fred and Mary Sims. They had a happy family of six children and were homesteaders. Olive left the family farm early to finish high school and then continued on to Nurses Training in Dauphin, Manitoba. Olive graduated as a registered nurse in 1946. Olive worked as an RN in Winnipeg, Viking, and Prince George, before retiring from nursing to devote herself to her family for the rest of her life.
During her nurses training, Olive met the love of her life, Jim Hendrickson, an Albertan airman training at Dauphin Number 10 Service school. They were married on Dec 12th, 1946. Together they provided a wonderful loving, secure, encouraging and happy home to their 5 children. Olive and Jim were happy together and their lives were enriched by good friends wherever they lived.
Their homes were in Abee, Viking 1950, Prince George 1960, Mackenzie1967, Grand Forks 1974, Castlegar 1980, and Tsawwassen 1993.
After years of faithful nursing, Olive lost her beloved husband Jim in 1999. Olive continued on in Tsawwassen and cherished the good times spent with a great group of friends. Olive’s final move was to Black Creek, where she spent 9 beautiful years living with her daughter, Betty and son-in law, David.
Olive thought friendship was one of the sweetest joys of life. Olive was a compassionate, humorous and generous woman. She was the best of mothers to all of her children. The garden was her true joy and she grew beautiful gardens full of flowers and vegetables.
Olive was an inspiration to all that knew her, especially her courage and determination in her personal fight with cancer(s), and she won against impossible odds to live well for another ten years. Thank you Mom, it was one of your great gifts to your family.
Olive Elizabeth loved and was loved all the days of her life.