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In Memoriam

Olivia I. Phifer:
June 25, 1993 - November 3, 2019

Olivia I. Phifer departed this life on Sunday, November 3, 2019 in Lawrenceville, Georgia at the age of 26.


She was born Olivia India Phifer to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Phifer III on June 25, 1993 in Toledo, Ohio. Olivia was the youngest of two children. She is survived by her parents; older sisters, Victoria I. Phifer, Jessica Y. Jones; Godmother, Rose Alford; aunts; uncles; numerous cousins and many friends in the Toledo, DC, Atlanta and global community.


Olivia joined St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, Toledo, Ohio, at an early age. She played the piano for the church Sunday School. She was a youth usher and a member of the youth choir. She was a consummate orator, a violinist and involved in community service. Notably, Olivia is an Alumnae member and Past Mid-Western Regional Teen Legislative Officer of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; and was selected as the 2011 Ms. Debutante for the Toledo Club of  NANBPWC, Inc. Cotillion. She also participated in the Toledo NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO) competitions, a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among high school students of African descent who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence; and the Toledo EXCEL program (Group XIX), a scholarship incentive program at The University of Toledo, which strives to prepare students for success in college.


Olivia was educated at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Toledo, Ohio. She later went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Howard University, graduating Magna cum laude from the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

While at Howard University, Olivia was actively involved in the School of Communications, along with, other organizations on campus. During her freshman year, Olivia served as a Corps member for JumpStart, a community based organization.


Olivia was a member of the Howard University Association of Black Journalists and served as the vice president for the 2013-2014 academic year. Olivia was a dynamic and ambitious student determined to find her path in the communications field. She became the public relations director for the Spotlight Network and worked for the Hilltop Newspaper as an assistant multimedia director. In 2013, she was selected for the prestigious White House Internship Program.


Towards the end of her Howard University tenure, Olivia interned at CNN under the supervision of Candy Crowley. In 2014, she earned an opportunity as a Digital Marketing Intern for Voice of America, a globally-recognized radio network. Olivia also had a passion for photography and digital media. She founded Phiferphotography in 2014 and served as the creative director.


Olivia’s love for travel and education led her abroad where she earned a Master’s Degree in Digital Marketing from SKEMA Business School in Valbonne, France. Olivia served as a teacher's assistant for the Digital Marketing program. She managed the inaugural Master's blog, and was part of the internal communications team for the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, she co-organized a networking community for the local and expat students in the French Riviera.


Upon returning to the United States, she moved to Atlanta, GA where she was a freelance writer for beBATONROUGE, served as an intern for Hexagon and later became a marketing content specialist for 22 Miles.


Services for Olivia will be held Friday, December 6, 2019 at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1502 N. Detroit Avenue, Toledo, OH; Family Visitation 11a.m., Memorial Service 12p.m., Repast to promptly follow in Church Fellowship Hall -lower level.




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Revised: 11/29/19 09:35:26 -0500.

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