Olive Doolittle Mapp
Olive Doolittle Mapp (Polly), 95, passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 4, 2020, while in Masonicare Hospice, Wallingford, Connecticut. Family members were grateful they had an opportunity to express their deep love, gratitude, and affection for Olive before she passed.
Olive was predeceased by her high school sweetheart and husband of 73 years, Robert Baldwin Mapp (Bob). Commonly known as “Polly and Bob,” they were devoted to each other. Their long, loving relationship was truly an inspiration and frequently celebrated by family and friends. Olive and Robert became husband and wife during the height of World War II. At just 20 years old, Olive traveled by train from the east coast to the west coast to marry Robert when he arrived in port on the USS Braine, a Naval Destroyer. Because Robert had to return to the naval battles in the Pacific, there was no time for a honeymoon when they wed during the war.
Olive was born June 4, 1924 in Milford, Connecticut to Dr. and Mrs. W.T. Doolittle. She graduated from Stone College of Business in New Haven, Connecticut, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. During her professional career, Olive was employed as Engineering Secretary, Chance Vought Aircraft; Secretary to the Executive Director, Milford Redevelopment Agency; and Administrative Secretary to the Director of Research, Brunswick Corporation, where she established the technical library for the Technics Division. In 1986, she was honored as The Woman of the Year by the Athens, Florida, Business and Professional Women’s Club.
Olive was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Deland, Florida where she faithfully served as one of the Deacons. Olive also served as Secretary of the “Presbyterian Women of the Church” in Deland.
Olive loved camping, hiking, skiing, and scuba diving with her beloved husband. With a wink, she often told family members her participation in adventure sports allowed her to stay close by her husband’s side. Olive was also a talented artist and enjoyed painting, basket making, and sewing.
Olive is survived by her 4 children, Robert Mapp II, Palm Bay, Florida; Mary Lou Mapp, Rockville, Maryland; Deborah Deschino and husband Kenneth Deschino, Woodbury, Connecticut; and James Mapp, Stuart, Florida; her 9 grandchildren (including a predeceased granddaughter); her 10 great-grandchildren (including a predeceased great-granddaughter); and her sister-in-law Ruth Adams, Groton, Connecticut. Olive was predeceased by her four siblings: Charlotte Wheeler, Ruth Jeffery, W.T. Doolittle II, and Jennet Doolittle.
A private family internment service for Olive will take place in Milford, Connecticut, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to The Masonic Charity Foundation of CT, P.O. Box 70 Wallingford, CT 06492-7001.
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