Annette L. Olivier
Annette L. (Guay) Olivier lately residing at Riverview Nursing Home in Coventry, formerly of Johnston and Cranston (Edgewood), RI, went home to be with the Lord on June 25, 2011 . Born in Providence, she was the daughter of the late Arthur C. Guay and the late Marie (Beauregard) Guay Beauregard, former wife of the late Lucien L. Olivier.
Annette graduated from Classical High School, class of 1951. She Graduated with Honors from The New England Conservatory of Music (Piano), and also graduated from R. I. College (Early Childhood Education). She taught music at Edmund W. Flynn School in Providence where she put on many productions but was most acclaimed for the productions of “The Wizard of Oz” and “Hansel and Gretel”. She was the accompanist for The R.I. Civic Chorale and their Touring Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Edward Markward, and for The Barrington Boys Choir under the direction of Lucien L. Olivier and Guy (Judge) Vance Carpenter, and for Lucien and for many of Lucien’s students. She was an organist for Church of the Transfiguration and for Edgewood Congregational Church where she also directed the choir. She was also a vocal coach to many aspiring artists. She performed at Tanglewood, was accompanist for the Pawtuxet Village Music Theater, and was a faculty member of the Rhode Island Musical Education Association for many years. Outside the musical field she was a Medical Transcriptionist at R. I. Hospital’s Child and Family Psychiatry Department for many years until her retirement. Annette and Lucien were the musical representatives from Rhode Island to the Washington, D.C. Bicentennial Celebration in 1976.
She leaves behind her children and their spouses - Michele and Michael Vannelli, and Diandra and Diane Olivier of Johnston, Lisa and Joseph Heelon of Cranston, Robert and Kimberley Olivier of Greeley, Colorado, Leslie and Steven Sjogren of Warwick, and Aimee and Paul McCutcheon of Colorado. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law Andree and Clifford Wells, and by her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She is loved and will be missed by all those who survive her.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday at 9:00am from The Butterfield Chapel 500 Pontiac Avenue Cranston followed by a Service of Christian Burial at 10:30am in Lakewood Baptist Church 255 Atlantic Avenue Warwick. Burial will follow in Notre Dame Cemetery, Pawtucket. After the burial services family and friends are invited back to the Lakewood Baptist Church for a Celebration of her Life. Kindly omit flowers. Donations to Odyssey Hospice 100 Quaker Lane Warwick, RI 02886 would be appreciated.
Bob Olivier - 06/26/2011
Love you mom. I am thankful for you.
Danny and Aileen Heelon - 06/26/2011
Hi Grandma, Thank you for being part of our lives. We love you so much.
Ansley Wells - 06/26/2011
We are so sorry to hear of Annette's passing. I will never forget her coming all the way to Nashville for our wedding. We are sending love amd prayers from TN.
Dr. & Mrs. Christopher Wells
Paula (cousin) - 06/27/2011
So sorry for the loss of your MOM. Hold the memories close, ALWAYS. All of you are in thoughts and prayers.
lisa & Joe heelon - 06/27/2011
it was an honor that the Lord Jesus Christ allowed you to live with us for your last 6/7 yrs. God bless you and your family that provided all that you could wish for. we hope to have made many of your dreams come true. god be praised you died in our arms!
Joyce Sherman - 06/27/2011
My Sympathy to you all. I had thee honor of turning pages for this wonderful lady.
Jeannette (Guay) Arrighi [cousin] - 06/27/2011
I was so very sorry to hear of Annette's passing. I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to sit and talk with her at our "Cousins Reunion". I will always cherish the wonderful memories of that day. My condolences to her family. She will always be in my prayes.
Andree and Clifford Wells - 06/28/2011
My dearest older sister,always, now safe in the arms of our heavenly Father and soon to be resting peacefully with our earthly father and his family.I shall remember you into eternity with memories of the beautiful music you made and shared throughout my life. We shared our lives for what seems such such a short time while living with our parents. Clifford and I enjoyed a beautiful wedding thanks to you, our Matron of Honor and your two daughters as our flower girls. Memories are cherished,especially the good memories that we made as sisters.I love you,we love you, Annette, as you so often told us during the last few years.Peace...
Diana McVey - 06/28/2011
My thoughts are with you all. Annette made a mark on the lives of many and those of us in the music community had great respect and affection for her. I shall remember her fondly.
Jon Mitchell (Barrington Boys' Choir - 06/28/2011
You will always be in my heart. Thank you for all the wonderful memories and for all your love. Till we meet again....
Georgette Hutchins - 06/28/2011
We will remember all the good times and your
beautiful smile, Annette! Thanks for your talent and collaboration on so many concerts and recitals. Our deepest sympathy to the family.
Joyce Fowler - 06/28/2011
Annette was an inspiring organist and choir director.I also had the privilege of being her next-door neighbor for the last 7 years and got to know the beautiful lady behind the music.Peace and Blessings to the family.
Joseph and JoAnn DeCarlo - 06/29/2011
Sorry for the loss of your Mother/Grandmother. Thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joan & Bob MacDonald - 06/29/2011
We are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Annette and I met when we taught in Providence. I have many memories of your mom and that wonderful smile of hers. I also remember David coming to our house to preform his "Magic Show" when our kids were little. Your mom and all of you will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Linda Steger Olbrys ( - 07/01/2011
Linda Steger Olbrys - 07/01/2011
To all the Oliviers,
I have such great memories of your Mom, one of the most talented accompanists I have ever worked with, as I studied Voice from your Father in your living room every week for at least two years. Also, I have such great memories of each of you at URI's Summer Music Camp as we grew up together. I wish you all good things in your lives, compassion to remember the good times, and always remember this; when your Mother would update me on each of your endeavors and accomlishments, she would light up with an overwhelming glow showing me how much she loved each of you. I will always remember the wonderful Olivier family, your Mother, the Matriarch. You are all in my thoughts at this difficult time with so much fondness and love,
Linda Steger Olbrys
Laurie Amat - 07/09/2011
Hi Joe, It's been many years and I just wanted to send my condolences on the loss of your Mom. I know you loved her very much. Take care.