Olga Wardle Morton

Published 8:03 am Monday, July 23, 2012

Olga Wardle Morton, a resident of The Ridge, Greenville, passed away at her home on Thursday July 19, 2012.  She was born on January 13, 1925 at Batley in Yorkshire, England, the daughter of Arthur Wardle and Olive Weatherill Wardle.  She is survived by her husband, Herbert Morton of The Ridge; her daughter, Pauline B. Johnston of Melbourne, Australia; her sons, Duncan Burbridge and Frank Burbridge, Jr. of London, England; her six grandchildren, Boz, Frank, Nancy, Amy and Jack Burbridge, and Ben Johnston; and three great grandchildren.

In 2008 Olga received recognition from the British Prime Minister for her service in World War II in the Women’s Land Army in which she worked for over three years on a farm in Wiltshire.

Though she remained a loyal subject of the Queen, Olga participated fully in the life of her adopted community.  She was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church where she was married in 1998.  A founding member of “Pinestone Friends,” a local ladies group, she also was a member of the Camellia City Civitan Club, the Butler County Historical Society, and was very active in the Butler County Humane Society.

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Olga had been a devoted member of her English church, St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.  After moving to this country, she developed her talent as an “icon writer,” painting many beautiful religious works for herself, friends and family.

Olga’s family would like to thank the care givers from Alacare Home Health & Hospice, especially Amy Peavy, RN; and those who looked after her, Jennifer Dunklin, Pearline Stewart, Kendra Dunklin, Juliette Bonham and Judy Lewis.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 31st at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Greenville beginning at 9:30 AM with the Rev. Reid McCormick officiating.  Interment will follow at 10:30 AM in the Crenshaw Family Cemetery, 8990 Ridge Road with Dunklin & Daniels Funeral Home directing.  All are invited to a reception at the St. Thomas Parish Hall immediately following the burial service.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Olga’s memory to St. Thomas Episcopal Church Rector’s Discretionary Fund, 210 Church Street, Greenville, Alabama 36037 and the Butler County Humane Society, P. O. Box 264, Greenville, Alabama 36037.