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Lola Oliver transitioned on Monday January 11, 2020 at her residence in Portsmouth, Virginia
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As I never knew my maternal grandmother and having lost my paternal grandmother when I was in high school, I always heard from my friends how special their Grandmas where. I first met Grandma Lola in 2005. From that time forward, I remember Tamara taking trips to Florida to visit grandma then bringing Kalani along for the journey after her birth in 2012. I remember seeing those beautiful pictures of the 3 Generational Divas on social media and in picture frames throughout Tamaras home. The last time I saw grandma in person was in October 2019 when my family and I went to Virginia to see Kalani perform in the Little Mermaid as a sea urchin. Tamara took me to see grandma in her apartment and to talk to her about the importance of taking her medication. Grandma was initially resistant but listened when she saw how well her medication changed her lab work. That is what WE have to do; explain, give examples, and be patient. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, I too was managing the care of my ailing mother whom I also had to relocate from Florida to New York in 2017, as Tamara had to relocate Grandma to Virginia in 2017.
Tamar and I have so much in common. We both went to the same high school and both of our mothers first name was Julie. This common factor sadly ripped through my heart when Tamara called me to tell me that Grandma Lola passed on Monday January 11, 2021 just 5 days after my own mother passed on Wednesday January 6, 2021. How could two best friends deal with now these bad times together? As Tamara was trying to comfort me, I was in turn now trying to comfort her and Kalani through this difficult time.
To the Oliver, Brown, and extended family members we send our deepest condolences to you. Tamara and Kalani we are praying for your strength. Grandma Lola lived a long and beautiful life. Strength and elevation are what Tamara provided for Grandmas life. Please know that Grandma Lola lived her best life and FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT.
Love the Zylberberg and Cozier Families.
Lisa Zylberberg Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM
I only had the opportunity to meet Ms Oliver via video and I picked up on her sweet spirit immediately. She was joyful and very, very pleasant. To live to see 94 is rich and remarkable!!! Nevertheless, I know she will be truly missed. Tamara, you and the entire family have my sincere condolences.
Nicole Taylor Jan 21 2021 12:00 AM
Gram and I shared a birthday and I loved sharing that day with her. We spent a lot of time together and she always remembered me. My favorite memory of has to be her accidentally calling me on FaceTime and we would share a quick chat. She will truly be missed.
Nadia Vasquez Jan 16 2021 12:00 AM
Whenever I would see grandma, she always had a smile on her face! What a beautiful soul. Tamara, you and K made her last days beautiful and those are the memories that last forever. You guys had some amazing moments. All the celebrations, trips, events..it was beautiful watching you guys live life to the fullest! Grandma will be missed. Prayers to the family! May God comfort you all at this time.
Theresa Cox-Ford Jan 15 2021 12:00 AM
Gramma Lola hurt herself one year and ended up in the hospital. I went to be with her in the ER early that Christmas morning. We sat, alternating between silence, stories, scripture, and prayer. Even when she did not remember names or faces, she remembered the Lord. Gramma, you'll be missed.
Michael Jones Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM