CORINNA – Olivia C. Fernandes, 88, died Feb. 7, 2013, at a Pittsfield hospital. She was born Jan. 11, 1925, in Dexter, a daughter of Lawson and Clara (Arsenault) Reeves.
Olivia studied at Wilton Academy and graduated from Winthrop High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston, and a master’s degree from Boston University. She also studied at Northeastern University and Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester in New York. She taught music privately and in public schools in Maine and New Hampshire. She had also been employed by New England News Clip Agency of Framingham, Mass. While living in Massachusetts Olivia met Manuel Fernandes at Brighton Evangelical Church where they were members. After their marriage May 28, 1994, in Corinna, she assisted him in his nursing home ministry in Maine. Both had also attended classes at the University of Maine, Orono, preparing them for their joint field. They were active members of Corinna United Methodist Church. They were involved in Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Bangor, and were also members of the Tres Dias movement. Olivia was a member of United Methodist Women of Maine.
She is survived by two cousins, a niece, four nephews and one great-nephew. She is also survived by dear friends, Pearl and Bernice Griffin of West Newbury, Mass.; and her cat, Penelope. She was predeceased by her husband, Manny, May 25, 2011; as well as two infant brothers.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Crosby & Neal Funeral Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna, with the Rev. Terence McKinley officiating. Friends may call noon until the time of services. Spring burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Wilton. Donations in Olivia’s memory may be made to American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. Those who wish may leave written tributes at www.CrosbyNeal.com.