Posted On December 12th, 2010 -

Nov. 5, 2010

Olive Pridgen, 89, formerly of Honolulu, died in Norfolk, Virginia. Born and raised in New York City, she graduated from St. Luke’s school of Nursing in 1943. She joined the U.S. Army as a Nurse, and spent the duration of WWII in England, and Europe. At wars end, she returned to NY to continue her education.
A visit to her parents in Honolulu led to her meeting Rufus Pridgen, a career Navy officer, and they married in 1952. They had one child, Clinton.
She completed her Bachelors and Masters of Library Science degrees at University of Hawaii and worked as school librarian in windward district schools for many years. After retiring from the DOE, she relocated to Norfolk, and worked for 25 years as an interviewer for the Census Bureau and other agencies.
At age 80, she achieved a lifetime dream, publishing her first novel, Passport Home.
Olive was very active with her parish church in Norfolk, and taught EFM courses for many years. Her wonderful spirit and guidance will be missed by her many friends, students and family.
She is survived by granddaughters Christy Key and Melissa Hussell, nieces Carol Naish, Nancy Melgoza and their families.

- Denotes U.S. Military Veteran