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Olga Vivian Brannen Usher, 100, of Savannah, Georgia and widow of Collie Mann Usher, died Monday morning, January 4, 2021, at her home.

Born in Bulloch County, Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Edgar Cecil Brannen and the late Olga Irrena Mincey Brannen. After the death of her parents, she was raised by her aunt/step-mother, Edna Mincey Brannen. Mrs. Usher graduated from Portal High School and attended Georgia Teachers College. She was a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Mrs. Usher was a former kindergarten teacher.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Phyllis Carolyn Russell Bennett; a sister, Dorothy Brannen Shearouse, and a brother, Edwin Cecil Brannen.

Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Woods Usher Oxenrider; her granddaughter, Vivian Colleen Russell Whittal; her great-grandchildren, Carolyn Brannen Bennett and David Alexander Kaplan, and her great-great-granddaughters, Brooklyn and Marley Crabb.

For the health and safety of family and friends and in accordance with CDC guidelines, the family requests that masks be worn and those attending practice social distancing.

The funeral service will take place at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon, January 8, 2021, at the graveside, Hillcrest Abbey – East.

Remembrances: St. John’s Episcopal Church – One West Macon Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

The family wants to express gratitude to caregiver Sabrina Evans for her many years of diligent care. Also to Savannah Hospice for their care and compassion.

Online Condolences

  1. Ruthie Williams says:

    Dear Carolyn, I will be thinking of you and wish I could be there. Please know I will see you the first chance I get. I love you very much.

  2. Mickey Wallace says:

    Ah Olga .. 1 of a kind … sharp mind never faded, love of cats always strong, would accept NO candy if it were not miniature Three Musketeers! Stubborn/strong minded, Her faith in our Lord never lessened … even when she hated her lunch or had trouble breathing! God blessed, Olga .. I’ll continue to think of you often! Mickey cat person.

  3. Linda Geriner says:

    Farewell, Olga, you were truly amazing! It was a pleasure knowing you! Rest in peace.

  4. Jennifer Alderman Lynes says:

    So sorry for your loss of your Mother. She certainly lived a long life. You have had a lot to deal with this past year. May God give you the strength to go through this.

  5. Susan Halligan says:

    I thought of Olga this week and found her obituary. She and my mother, Juanita Halligan, were church friends at Morningside for many years. Then we would see her at assisted living when I took my mother to get her hair done. My mother passed on August 5, 2019, so I had not seen Olga in a while. She obviously lived a long and blessed life. My condolences to you and your family.

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