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“Dear Mary, Rob, John, and Ken,I apologize for just now seeing the passing of your Mom. When we were younger, especially back in high school, I...Read More »
1 of 17 | Posted by: Matthew Brill - NATICK, MA

“Olive and I have been friends since college. The last time I saw her was when we took a memorable trip to the Finger Lakes to visit another college...Read More »
2 of 17 | Posted by: Martha Ssheehan - Plymouth, MA

“Olive a wonderful Mother,Grandmother, and family Friend. She was a magnificent warm wonderful person in so many ways. She was a Christan role model...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Barbara Pantos - Family

“Prayers to the family. So sorry for your loss. May all the memories of all the beauty she was and gave be comforting during this hard time. May...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: The Hulen Family - Sudbury, MA

“Dear John, Ken, Rob, and Mary,Kathy and I are so sorry to read of your mom's passing. She and your dad were so encouraging to me as a young teacher...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Howie Neild - Chelmsford, MA

“Boys and Mary - I'm sorry for your loss. I had many fond memories of your Mom. Bill Berry ”
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7 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Berry

“So sorry to hear of Olive's passing. She was always so kind to my mom Luce who lived across the hall from her at The Leland Home. It was a pleasure...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Nora Lawton - Framingham

“Olive was a wonderful assistant and friend. We shared many happy times with Olive and George.She was thoughtful, kind, and happy...and a very proud...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Jerry and Lynn Kellett - MA

“I was very fortunate to have worked with Olive at Country School. She was a lovely and very kind lady. She always had a smile for everyone. We...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Lyn Sturtevant - Waltham, MA

“I will miss Olive's sweet smile and friendly greeting at the Leland Home. She always asked me how teaching was going and shared a few stories of when...Read More »
11 of 17 | Posted by: Jean Carlson - Waltham MA, MA

Whittemore House 1984-5 “I was so sad to hear of Olive's passing. Oliverecruited me to Whittemore House in 1985 and changed the course of my career. She was a mentor in...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Jan Carlson - Weston, MA

Whittemore House Nursery School “I am very sad to hear of Olive's passing. Olive recruited me to come work for her at Whittemore House and changed the course of my career. She was a...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Jan Carlson - Weston, MA

“I am so very sorry to hear of Olive's passing.She was a beloved member of my 2nd Grade team at Country School - serving as our Aide and friend for so...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Kathy Kiely - Wolfeboro, NH

“Our sympathies go out to all of Olive's family. We at Merriam Village have wonderful memories of her. Hugs ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: Tom and Gail Oleary - Weston, MA

“Godspeed Olive. ”
16 of 17 | Posted by: Gerry Ford - Yarmouth, MA

“I don't know you I'm so sorry to hear about your mother's passing she is now Resting in peace may god be with you and your family you are all in my...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Lorraine Butler - Derry, NH


Waltham - Mrs. Olive V. (Kenney) Harris, of Waltham, formerly of Weston, died on Wednesday May 27, 2020 in The Leland Home, Waltham. She was 86.

Olive was born in Waltham on October 4, 1933, a daughter of the late John F. and Olive (Connolly) Kenney. She attended Rosary Academy in Watertown and then earned her bachelors and master's degrees in early childhood education from Wheelock College.

She married Methuen native George R. Harris in February, 1957 in Saint Jude Church, Waltham and a year later the pair moved to Weston where they became lifelong residents.

Olive taught for a brief time at the Meadowbrook School and as a second grade teacher at the Brook School in Weston before establishing the Whittemore House Nursery School with her dear and trusted friend Betty Starr in 1971. When the school first opened its doors they welcomed eight children, and grew to having forty children and six teachers by the time Olive left in 1986. Her genuine care and dedication to the children and their families was apparent. Shortly thereafter she became a second grade assistant at the Country School and after that worked for a number of years as the secretary at the Woodland School in Weston.

She was also involved in many town groups and served on the Sociables board and on the board at Merriam Village. She was a parishioner of Saint Julia Parish on Boston Post Road where she was a longtime Eucharistic Minister. Olive also made many happy memories spending sunny days at Sunrise Beach in Marshfield.

She was the beloved wife of the late George R. Harris and is survived by her children, John Harris (Meg) of Tampa, Florida, Ken Harris of Natick, Rob Harris (Dana) of Sudbury and Mary Hedges (John) of Wellesley; her grandchildren, Ryan Harris, Danika Wells, Duncan Harris, Alexander Harris, Emily Heffelmen, Michala Harris and Taylor Harris; her great-grandchildren, Melina Wells, Ezra Harris, Jack Heffelman and Lucille Heffelman; her brother, John Kenney of Watertown; her brother-in-law Daniel Vallucci of Weston and many nieces, nephews and their families.

She was the sister of the late Frances Vallucci and Barbara Rosse and sister-in-law of the late Richard Rosse and Annette Kenney.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated privately at Saint Julia's Church concluding with burial at Linwood Cemetery, Weston.

Others may view Olive's Funeral Mass by visiting http://distantlink.com/joyce.html at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4th.

Memorial donations may be made to The Leland Home Activities Fund, 21 Newton St., Waltham, MA 02453.