Olivia Lynch Hardin

June 21, 1930May 9, 2018

Olivia Cary Lynch Hardin of Raleigh died on May 9, 2018 after a short illness. Born in Wilmington, NC on June 21, 1930 to Olivia Horne and George Green Lynch. She was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Eugene Brooks Hardin, Jr., her parents, and by a brother and sister.

Olivia attended public schools of Wilmington and graduated from St. Mary’s College in Raleigh in 1950. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was baptized confirmed and married in St. James Parish, Wilmington.

Following the family’s move to Raleigh in 1972, they joined Christ Church. Olivia served on the vestry and was a long-time member of the Altar Guild, serving as president for three years.

Her other interests include her love for St. Mary’s School where she served on the Board of Trustees. She was a former board member of the Children’s Home Society of North Carolina in Greensboro and a former member of the Rex Hospital Guild Board in Raleigh.

Until her death she was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of North Carolina where she achieved the National Roll of Honor for serving the Society with distinction. Olivia is survived by her son, John Haywood Hardin II and his wife Elise of Greenville, SC; her daughter, Olivia Hardin Pettifer and her husband Andrew of Raleigh; a granddaughter, Helen Olivia Hardin; and a grandson, Alexander James Pettifer.

The family would like to acknowledge with grateful appreciation the compassionate care and loving kindness shown to Olivia by her caregivers at The Cardinal, HomeWerks Home Care, Rex Hospital, and Transitions Hospice Care.

Following a private burial, a memorial service celebrating Olivia’s life will be held at Christ Church on May 14, 2018 at 11 o’clock, followed by a reception in the parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church, 120 East Edenton St., Raleigh, NC 27611, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 300 Saint Mary's St., Raleigh, NC.


  • Memorial Service with a reception to follow Monday, May 14, 2018

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Theo Coonrod

May 12, 2018

Olivia was one of the most gracious and beautiful of all the gracious and beautiful alumnae of Saint Mary's . . . and my favorite sweet hug. I am saddened to hear of her passing, grateful that her illness was short. She and Gene were a testament to healthy coupledom, productive citizenry, and happy life. I so wish I could be in Raleigh to celebrate her life with her friends and loved ones. Instead, I send condolences and warm hugs from Texas.

Theo W. Coonrod