Olivia Twenty “Livy” Dahl

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Olivia Twenty “Livy” Dahl

New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 17 Nov 1962 (aged 7)
Aylesbury, Aylesbury Vale District, Buckinghamshire, England
Burial Little Missenden, Chiltern District, Buckinghamshire, England
Memorial ID 61339093 View Source
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Sweet Olivia died from encephalitis cause by Measles. We may feel here on earth she was taken too soon but God picks his prettiest flowers.



HWA provided the headstone transcription & it is truly appreciated. The stone must have sunk in. Thank you HWA.

The quote on Olivia's gravestone was given in her mother's autobiography, "As I Am" by Patricia Neal (1980). It is part of a descriptive chapter on Olivia's illness, death, and burial.


Provided to this memorial by Misty Dawn; thank you so much

In 1962, children's book author Roald Dahl lost his oldest daughter, Olivia, to measles. She was 7 years old.

Twenty-six years later, Dahl wrote a letter to parents about what happened:

"As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn't do anything.

" 'Are you feeling all right?' I asked her.

" 'I feel all sleepy,' she said.

"In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead."

Olivia had what's called measles encephalitis. The virus had spread to her brain. Her immune system rushed in to fight it. Her brain swelled up.
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