T CHRISTUS St. Josephs Home, we are privileged
to have worked with a person like Olivia Wilson. Olivia, 45, worked
at CHRISTUS St. Josephs Home for 13 years as a nursing aide
and housekeeper. She was a strong, compassionate person whom everyone
considered the matriarch of the department. Olivia supervised the
staff in the absence of her own supervisor, and always made certain
that everything was done.
were so many times when Olivia would have difficulty breathing,
but she always came to work and did her share with the help of God.
A smoker, her cigarettes were taken away from her many times by
caring co-workers. And she was hospitalized many times, yet always
returned to work in good humor.
The week before she left CHRISTUS St. Josephs
Home for the last time, she returned with chest pains, but still
tried to work. Olivia had a friend on her floor who loved to watch
her every move. When he missed seeing her, he would call out, “Olivia,
are you alright?” She would always say, “Im alright,”
and smile, even though she knew she wasnt feeling well. She
was strong until the end. “Ill go to the doctor tomorrow,”
she told her friend one day. She did, but never returned.
When CHRISTUS St. Josephs staff were contacted
by Olivias family and told that she had passed away, there
was silence, tears and sadness throughout the building. Residents
and staff alike were saddened by Olivias death, and everyone
pitched in to help her family by sending food, flowers, money, cards
and prayers in her honor. The love and compassion shown exemplified
Olivias life, and the love and compassion she had for our
residents and staff. It didnt matter who you wereOlivia
always demonstrated the vision and healing ministry of CHRISTUS
St. Josephs Home. The memories of her will last forever.
Carolyn Jones and Ruby Watts
CHRISTUS St. Josephs Home