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      Columbia woman matriarch of her church for half a century

      Olivia Chestnut has been a member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church since the early 1940's.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- When members of Saint Timothy??s Episcopal Church are asked about who the anchor of their congregation is, they think of Olivia Chestnut.

      Miss Olivia, as they call her, has been a member of the church since the early 1940??s, and has touched many lives along the way.

      ??It??s like a family, a second family,?? says Chestnut.

      The 91-year-old has taught Sunday school and was a member of the altar guild for more than 50-years. Her service in the church is recognized by a plaque in the sanctuary.

      Irene Painter says Miss Olivia taught her everything she knows about being on the altar guild. Miss Olivia was Painter??s Sunday school teacher as a child. Painter says there??s one particular story from a Sunday she??ll never forget.

      ??A little boy in the class asked is it wrong to cut grass on Sunday,?? remembers Painter. ??She (Miss Olivia) thought for a minute and said as long as you don??t stay home from church to do it!??

      Most members of Saint Timothy??s have their own Miss Olivia stories to share; something Miss Olivia says humbles her.

      WACH Fox news will continue to highlight mothers of the church during the month of May.