Olive "Holly" May (Harris) Coderre-Picozzi, 98, "passed over to a new and brighter life" on July 29, surrounded by her loving family.
Olive, also known as Evening Star, was the oldest Mohegan and was a respected Nonner of the Tribe.
An except of her obituary is as follows: "In the 1960s, she served on the board of directors when the Mohegan Tribe was seeking to gain federal recognition. Olive took great delight in participating in all tribal functions and activities. She especially loved singing the "Rock-a-Bye Baby" song when she helped with storytelling. To dance at Wigwams, socials, and the Mohegan Sun pre-firework entertainment filled her heart with joy. Each week she looked forward to visiting her friends at the Seasons Buffet and partaking in a delicious meal there. She also enjoyed sitting in the planetarium at the Mohegan Sun where she could gaze at the stars. She simply enjoyed laughing and being with other people. Olive had a beautiful singing voice and was very happy to share this gift with others. She was surely the life of any party. On a few occasions, she sang at the Mohegan Sun Cabaret with her dear friend, Tony Orlando. She and Tony received a long standing ovation when they sang "Danny Boy" together."
Her funeral will be held at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday from the R.A. Iannotti Funeral Home, 415 Washington St., Coventry, R.I., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Our Lady of Czenstochowa Church, Coventry, R.I. Visiting hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Olive's burial at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010, in Fort Shantok Park, Fort Shantok Road, Uncasville, where she often enjoyed going to visit, to walk, and to sing and dance. Wear regalia if you can.
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