On Thursday afternoon, October 26, 2006, DARRIEL WEBSTER OLIVER died peacefully at home in Alexandria, Virignia, after a struggle of nearly four years with ovarian cancer. She was 59.
Darriel was born in New York City and grew up in New Canaan, Connecticut. She attended New Canaan High School, where she played basketball and field hockey. Active in a variety of pursuits, she was also a cheerleader, swimmer and life guard. She graduated in 1965 and then attended the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she majored in Geography, played varsity field hockey and received her Bachelor's degree in 1969.
In her professional career, Darriel was a secondary school teacher for several years, and later she was a civil servant at the U.S. Department of State. Her principal roles were as a Management Analyst in the Office of Foreign Buildings, and then a Passport Officer in the Office of National Passport Policy. In 2000, with 10 years of service, she retired as a GS-13.
A military spouse, Darriel lived and traveled around the world and was conversant in both Italian and French. She was a wonderful wife, a devoted mother and a loyal friend to many people and several dogs. An accomplished athlete, she enjoyed tennis and pilates, was an excellent skier and completed two running marathons. She was also involved in a number of volunteer activities of many kinds over the years. An avid reader, gardener, and, most of all, bread maker and chef, she inspired and encouraged all with whom she came in contact, and leaves this world full of delightful memories and friendships. All of us who knew and loved Darriel will forever consider ourselves blessed for the time that we shared with her.
She is survived by her mother, Glorianne Lehr Webster; husband, Vice Admiral Daniel T. Oliver, US Navy (Ret.); sister, Jillisa Thornton; brothers, Dana Webster and Josh Webster; daughter, Kim Dwyer; sons, James Koby Fulks and Kip Fulks; stepdaughters, Noelle Oliver and Shannon Johnson; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held graveside at Arlington National Cemetery at 3 p.m. on November 30, 2006.
For those who wish to make a memorial contribution in Darriel's name, the family requests that the be made to a charity of the donor's choice.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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