Olive Morgan

by Richard on May 8, 2010

Olive Morgan, who blogged as Octomusings, has passed away
Tony & Shiela Morgan write:

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that our Mum, Olive passed away on the 5th of May, 2010 in the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

We would like to offer our warmest, heartfelt thanks to all who have followed her blog, enriching her life with interest and happiness.

She will be greatly missed by all those who knew her.

Olive was an extraordinary lady in many ways. How many Octogenarians do you know who take up blogging specifically as a way of setting out to help young people? She had a wonderful ministry on Modblog.com before their servers went belly-up and I know that she always regarded that as the high point of her blogging.

I met her only a few times in ‘real life’, but I’m glad that I was able to share her life, if only a little.

She will indeed be greatly missed.

“May she rest in peace, and rise in glory”

Update: Here’s the index of her modblog pages, as archived by the Wayback Machine. Olive was profiled in April 2006.

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Paul Martin 05.08.10 at 9:13 pm

I met her just that weekend when Methodist bloggers met near Birmingham. She was indeed a most impressive woman who saw new technology as a means to communicate and dialogue about the gospel that was at the very centre of her life.

If I get to my later 80s I will be grateful to be a pale reflection of Olive whose vibrancy could roll back the years. She was a woman truly alive.

Indeed may she rest in peace and rise in glory!


Kim 05.08.10 at 9:21 pm

T.S. Eliot wrote that “old men should be explorers”. Old women too, right, Olive? Now begins the exploration of the infinite expanses of eternity. Enjoy!


PamBG 05.08.10 at 11:09 pm

If I get to my later 80s I will be grateful to be a pale reflection of Olive whose vibrancy could roll back the years. She was a woman truly alive.

Indeed may she rest in peace and rise in glory!

I couldn’t put it any better than that. I can see Olive running around The Kingdom being enthusiastic all over the place. :-)


Bene D 05.09.10 at 10:45 pm

This is sad news, I thought she was awesome.


Ali F 05.11.10 at 11:54 am

Olive was my Aunt and an truly amazing woman, if I even live up to a 1/10 of her example I will be happy!

She will be greatly missed but is celebrating in Heaven with her beloved Lord. And if they have the internet up there I am sure she will find a way to be on it!


Tim Wale 05.26.10 at 10:32 pm

We moved to Caversham from Tutts Clump Bradfield in 1967, and transfered our membership to Caversham Hts Methodist Church, and soon met Olive Morgan, or should I say Olive met us! She was a true inspiration to me growing up in the Sunday School and being a JMA collector, and every year, she would take us all up to london by train, on her own, to Methodist Central Hall. One journey back, I looked into the next carrage, which was empty, and said this is a better carrage (must have been first class) so we all piled in. At one station down the line, we seemed to be waiting for ages, eventually I looked out, and we were in a siding, and the rest of the train had gone, so we had to wait for another one. olive was not best pleased, but did see the funny side. We also used to attend bible classes and temprence meetings at her home in Hemdene Road after school, but we had to be out before her husband came home! In later years, I would meet her at Circuit meeting, which she would always attend. Olive was a true ambassador for Jesus, and he shone through her to everyone she met. God bless you Olive, and thank you for being a big part of my Christian life, and a true inspiration to me.

Tim Wale. Senior Steward at Tutts Clump and Burnt Hill Methodist Chapels.


Ken Good 08.10.10 at 9:36 am

I met Olive Morgan at Caversham Heights Methodist Church some years ago and she immediately made me feel very welcome. I would look forward to seeing Olive at evening services when I attended. When I met Olive I said I would never forget her name, Olive, because my mothers name is Olive, to which she replied “She must have been born in 1921.” - I nearly fell over with surprise, for she had. Olive advised me on the purchase of a new bible - every time I read it I think of her. I will miss Olive.

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