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“I am so sorry to read of the passing of Mrs.Smith. I have some lovely memories of visiting at your house. My parents enjoyed and valued the...Read More »
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“Olivette was full of grace and we feel so blessed to have know her for even a short time. We were fortunate enough to become part of the family...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Darryl, Michelle, Liam and Emma Randall - OH

“Maureen, Fred and I are thinking of you and your family. It is never easy to loose a parent especially when the were so kind, giving, and beautiful...Read More »
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“Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your loved one. Hopefully reflecting on all the good times you've shared together will help ease...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: JM

“A life well lived. May perpetual light shine upon her.Gene and Charlotte Zurlo ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Our thoughts and prayers with Moureen and Olivette family. She was classy lady who treated every one with wormth and smile. She will be sorely missed. ”
6 of 13 | Posted by: Ellen & Fady Bassily - Georgetown, SC

“We were so blessed to have lived next door to Olivette the lastthree years. The New Testament mentions those who are calledto serve God in special...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: A friend

“Olivette was a special lady. I was blessed to get to know her over the years. She will be missed by all...love and prayers to this wonderful family ”
8 of 13 | Posted by: diane rastello - murrells inlet, SC

“Olivette was a strong supporter of the Harleston Village Association during her time in Charleston. She and Charles helped with every fundraiser and...Read More »
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10 of 13 | Posted by: diane rastello - murrells inlet, SC

“Olivette was a beautiful lady in every way. She could light up a room with her smile and always had a pleasant word for everyone. She will be...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Joyce Remsburg - Charleston, SC

“A true southern lady! I enjoyed getting to visit with her when I would be at my father's. He and his wife adored her. Her flowers brightened their...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Sara Sowell - Pawleys Island, SC

“Olivette was a gracious true lady. I will miss her and think of her often. ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Martha Wahl - Pawleys Island, SC


Olivette Garr Smith, 91, of Pawleys Island, South Carolina, widow of Charles F, Smith, Jr. died peacefully at her home in Pawleys Island, S.C. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. Her Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, January 10, 2018 in First (Scots) Presbyterian Church, 53 Meeting Street at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Downtown Chapel. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. DOWNTOWN CHAPEL.

Olivette was born in St. Petersburg, Florida to Maurice A. and Matilda Etheridge Garr on October 10, 1926. After graduating from Winyah High School in Georgetown, S.C. she attended Winthrop College and received her nursing degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston.

In 1947 Olivette married a dashing Army veteran, Charles F. Smith, Jr., and they made Charleston their home. While lovingly raising their two beautiful daughters, Charlene and Maureen, she continued her nursing career part-time at Roper Hospital and then at the infirmary at The Citadel. In 2000, she and her husband moved to Pawleys Island, S.C. to be closer to their daughter Maureen. Olivette became an entrepreneur known as "Mrs. Zinnia," growing and selling zinnias at farmers markets, grocery stores, and restaurants. From 1947 until her death, she was a member of First (Scots) Presbyterian Church of Charleston, but also worshiped and enjoyed the wonderful fellowship at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. She served on the flower committee of both churches. She was a member of the Rebecca Motte Chapter of the DAR, The Garden Club of Charleston, and the Ladies Benevolent Society.

Olivette reigned as the ever stylish and gracious matriarch of her extensive family and filled every occasion with laughter. She insisted on preserving family traditions while ladling out heaping doses of love and affection. Devotion to family and a deep sense of gratitude were the defining qualities of her long and fulfilling life.

She is survived by her daughter, Maureen S. Hamilton (Dee) of Pawleys Island; grandchildren, Ashley W. Redmond (Mark), W. Charlton Wieters (Elizabeth), Forest S. Wieters (Justice), Richard S.W. Stoney, Jr. (Amy), David L. Hamilton (Lauren) all of Charleston and Lesslie H. Ray (Phillip) of West Palm Beach, F.L.; great-grandchildren John Andrew Redmond, Ellen Redmond, Elizabeth Wieters, Olivette Wieters, Hampton Wieters, Hadley Wieters, Michael Hamilton, Jack Hamilton, Adair Hamilton, Layla Hamilton, and Phillip Ray; a nephew, Maurice A. Garr, III (Pam); a niece Sally Garr Brodhead (Charles). She was predeceased by her husband, her daughter Charlene S. Wieters, her parents, and her siblings Annelle G. Pridgen and Maurice Andrew Garr, Jr.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First (Scots) Presbyterian Church. 53 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401, the Roper St. Francis Foundation, Designation: Rehabilitation Hospital, 125 Doughty St., Suite 790, Charleston, SC 29403, or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, 29585.