If ever there was a woman of God who literally exemplified and exuded the words of Isaiah 58, it was Sister Olive Nisbett! The instructions of God - feed the hungry, clothe the naked, bring the cast out your house, undo the heavy burden, and let the oppressed go free - were front and center in her life of love as she ministered to hundreds. Whether it was as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, an aunt, a friend, a servant, a missionary, a real estate negotiator, an events planner, which she did for many of the young ladies' weddings in the Church long before events planning became a career choice, Sister Olive poured herself into her ministries and labor of love in perfection!! We know without a doubt that God is not unrighteous to forget her work and labor of love which she has showed toward His name as she ministered to many for over five decades (Hebrews 6:10).
Olive Nisbett was born on March 24, 1930 in Central Chapara, Cuba to the union of Maud Providence and John Hendrickson. She is the sixth of 10 children. A talented and industrious young lady, she learned embroidery under the tutelage of Miss Ruth. At the age of 15, Olive immigrated to the United States of America to live with her Aunt Una.
In a couple of years, she would meet the love of her life, Eldrige Nisbett, whom she married in November 1949. To this union, four children were born, a daughter and three sons. In 1954, Olive had a life-changing experience when she met Jesus Christ who filled her with the Blessed Holy Spirit. Already a dynamic young woman, Olive, or Sister Olive as she was called in the church she and her husband joined, Youth Mission of Life in The Bronx, NY. She became a powerhouse as she allowed the Holy Spirit to rule in and though her life. She threw her lot in with God's people and she proclaimed the words of Ruth: "Thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." (Ruth 1:16)
The anointing on her life would lead to her becoming a Sunday School teacher, teaching her young students about the al-seeing eye of God; a "Flying Tiger", the group of young ladies who faithfully cleaned God's House and organized Church events; and President of the Missionary Board where her organizational skills and love for people caused her to do exemplary acts of kindness. For years, Sister Olive worked closely and supported the Founder and Leader of the Church, Sister Helen McClung.
Never one to leave one thing undone for the other, Sister Olive lovingly fulfilled her responsibilities for her husband who always referred to her as "the wife of my youth". (Proverbs 5:18) She kept a beautifully immaculate home for her family and always enhanced every neighborhood she lived in with her beautiful flower gardens. As a mother, she was a strict, but loving disciplinarian and she freely mothered many spiritual daughters who include Sisters Helen Ceneus, Ciata Mosley, and Esther Luckett and Rudie Stevens. As a grandmother, Nana was always there to comfort and soothe hurts as she softly crooned, "Probrecito!" ("Poor baby!").
Some of the fondest memories so many have are the delicious dinners she and her family hosted on numerous occasions. There was hardly ever a time when those dinners did not last into the wee hours of the morning. Her cooking skills were unmatched! When her husband retired in 1988, they bought a beautiful trailer home in the lush hills of Sussex, NJ on the campgrounds of Tall Timbers. Sister Olive's entertainment ventures also extended into those hills and numerous festive events were held for both the young and the old people.
On Monday, July 29th at 4:30 pm, Sister Olive Nisbett went home to be with her precious Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ after a long illness. Her faithful and loving service to her Savior never ceased even in her old age or on her sick bed. Sis Olive, Olivia, Mommy, Aunt Olive, and Nana will be missed by all. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eldridge ("Al"); the four brothers (Benito, Cecelio, Ernesto and Juanito); four sisters (Winifred, Felicia, Delores and Stella).
Mourning their loss are her 4 children and their companions: Brenda (David), Stephen (Anita), Michael (Lois), and Samuel (Tyneki); eight grandchildren and their companions: Stephen. Jr. (Michelle), Robert (Paula), Brandon (Kianna), Matthew, Jaclyn, Nastasjah, Ahonesty and NaAsia; 5 great-grandchildren: Elliot, Olivia, Kayla, Lyndon, and Eric; her beloved sisters: Florence and Margo; her brothers Herman and Hymie; a host of nieces and nephews; numerous friends and neighbors.
Also mourning their loss are her Pastor, Elder William Mosley and his spouse, Elder Deborah; her Spiritual Family. During her illness, Sister Olive was blessed to have many wonderful home attendants who provided her with loving care. The Family wishes to acknowledge and express heartfelt gratitude to Veronica Jones who, for eight years, provided Sister Olive with the most tender care, treating her as she would treat her own mother. To God Be the Glory!!
Prepared in Love By the Family