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Obituary: Olivia Dixon Ferguson

Olivia Dixon Ferguson
Olivia D. Ferguson passed away on June 26, 2010, lovingly surrounded by members of her immediate family. Olivia lived in Great Neck for over 45 years and worked for over 10 years at North Shore University Hospital and for over 25 years with CLASP, the foster grandparent program, where she was honored twice by CLASP—once for her 18th year anniversary; and in 2008 for over 25 years of service. She received certificates from the state, county and local governments. Olivia was a faithful and active member of St. Paul AME Zion church of Great Neck since 1965. She sang in the Gospel Chorus; was President of the Willing Workers; served as the chairperson of the Hospitality for the Gospel Chorus; served on the church’s Hospitality Committee; member of the Missionary Society; vice president of the Busy Bees; member of the Missionary Choir; vice president of the Pastor’s AID board; and member of the Scholarship Fund.

Olivia was a gentle and caring soul who was loved by so many people in the community. Her warm smile, her warm personality, her willingness to help people and mere presence was inspiring to all. She was one of the most giving and loving people anyone could know and she will truly be missed.

Olivia leaves to cherish her loving memory: daughter, Julia Shields and, son-in-law, Spencer Shields of Great Neck; sister, Ellie Brumfield of Great Neck; the joys of her life her grandchildren, Sonya Shields and Spencer K. Shields (wife Allison Shields) of Brooklyn; great-grandchildren, Sha’mi Shields, Asan’te Shields, Kai’Nia Shields, Eli’jah Shields and Josiah Shields. Two sisters-in-law, Myrtis Hayes Dixon of Baker, LA, and Lizzie Nettles of Louisville, KY; adopted granddaughters, Dorothy Barrow and Ariel Barrow of North Carolina; Lisa Jones of Brooklyn, NY; and a host of very special nieces, nephews, cousins, the entire staff of CLASP, and dear friends like Evelyn Allen, Gloria Williams and Mary Lloyd. There are just too many dear friends to mention, but you know that you will forever be in her heart. Bless you all.

She was preceded in death by her father Jessie Dixon; mother, Carrie Williams Dixon; brothers, Dave Dixon and James Dixon.