Olive Pearson Lorains died peacefully in her sleep on November 12, 2018, at her home in Ripley, West Virginia. Olive was born in Whitby, Yorkshire, England to Mabel Wood Lorains and Alfred Rippon Lorains on November 1, 1923.
Olive was one of five sisters. Three of her sisters, Mary (“Betty”) Fuller, Rita (“Miffy”) Spalding, and Ida Glen, predeceased her. Olive is survived by her remaining sister, Olga Grimes, of Carmel, California, and also by her nieces Susan Pratt of Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire, England; Lorraine Roffey of Burston, Horley, England; Roberta Glen of Livonia, New York; and Christine Lundblad of Lincoln, Massachusetts. She is also survived by nephews Anthony Spalding of Llansilin, Wales, United Kingdom; Roger Lundblad of Carmel, California; Michael Lundblad of Carmel, California; and James Lundblad of Seattle, Washington. Olive is also survived by many grand nieces and nephews, as well as many great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Olive was a beloved aunt to all. Olive is also survived by many lifelong friends, including Gladys Riddell in Summerville, South Carolina, and Barbara and Ray Redl of Discovery Bay, Hong Kong, China.
Olive was loved by her many friends in Ripley, including her colleagues at Jackson General Hospital, Dr. and Mrs. Morad and Dr. and Mrs. Vongshakorn. Olive was blessed to have Hazel Parsons as her landlord and close friend. During the last few years of her life, Olive was lovingly cared for by her friend and caregiver, Angie Smith. Olive’s family is indebted to and grateful for the excellent care which Angie provided Olive in her last days.
Olive attended schools in Portsmouth and Salisbury, England. She studied to become a nurse midwife at Guys Hospital in London and after the end of World War II, she traveled to Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe) in Africa to work in a maternity hospital there. While in Umtali, Olive met Dr. Charles (Charlie) Forrest, a Scottish physician, with whom Olive enjoyed a lifelong loving relationship, though they never married. In 1959, Olive moved to the United Stated to gain certification as a nurse anesthetist. Upon completion of the program, through friends she met in Africa, Olive moved to Charleston, WV to work at Charleston General Hospital. While working at Charleston General, Olive worked at Jackson General Hospital in Ripley on her days off. In 1973, Olive was approached by Dale Tippens, hospital administrator at Jackson General, who offered her a permanent position at Jackson General. Olive retired in from Jackson General in 1987.
In retirement, Olive and Charlie, whose home was in Hong Kong, China, traveled extensively around the world. After Charlie suffered a series of strokes in the mid-2000s, Olive began making annual trips to Hong Kong to be with Charlie, who was in a nursing home. Charlie pre-deceased Olive in 2014 at the age of 96.
A memorial service to celebrate Olive’s life will be held at 11am, Tuesday, November 27th at Waybright Funeral Home, 511 Church Street S, Ripley, with Pastor Ford Price officiating. A time of visiting will be held from 10am until the time of the service. Online memories and condolences can be sent to by visiting www.waybrighfuneralhome.com.