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Olivia “OJ” Blankenship

Olivia "OJ" Blankenship

Olivia “OJ” Blankenship

Olivia “OJ” Blankenship, 71, of Amarillo, passed away Nov. 27, 2018. A celebration of her life will be at Boxwell Brothers in Amarillo at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

Treasured daughter to June Hathcock. Adoring mother to Julie Clarke and her husband, Jeff, and Sheryl Caldwell and her husband Tony; and loving friend to so, so many.

To know her was to love her. She cast a wide net, welcoming all she encountered into a world of grace, love, fun and generosity.

She worked as a dedicated IT manager and professional at Pantex for more than 45 years but it is her faith and her relationships for which she will most be remembered.

For decades, people went to Olivia for prayer, encouragement and often, candy. And they never left disappointed. When she prayed for you, the mountains moved.

She was a world-changer.

She was someone everyone wanted to know, and as she loved you, she saw the person you most wanted to be. She believed. She loved. She laughed. She dreamed.

Today, she is dancing with Jesus and for those who knew and loved her, the world is not the same. But she would want us to keep believing, loving, laughing and dreaming. Because today, it is well with her soul.

She was preceded in death by her father, James C. “Jay” Hathcock, and her brother, Jay Lewis Hathcock.

Olivia loved flowers and saw them as a sign of loving and being loved. Any flowers sent to celebrate her will be donated after the service so others also can experience their beauty.

10 Comments

  • Ramón Saldaña Posted November 29, 2018 6:10 pm

    I thank OJ for helping me feel the freedom to say, “Thank you for being in my life.”
    Now I say it often, without reservation and with complete sincerity.
    What a wonderful lady, OJ!

    • Sheryl Blankenship Caldwell Posted November 30, 2018 11:06 am

      Oh Ramon, mom loved you and found such joy in her work and relationship with you. You are part of her beautiful legacy of loving and enabling others to be their best. Thank you for sharing your love for her with us.

  • Travis Zinck Posted November 29, 2018 8:38 pm

    OJ was my first full time boss when entering the workforce under the WTAMU internship program she believed in so much. This obituary is so very well written and accurate. She treated everyone of her employees as if family. She was a role model I still think of today as a manager of employees now myself (especially when I pass out chocolate to my staff). She stood behind her employees and went to bat for us frequently. Her gift of encouragement was used in all directions…her peers, her subordinates, her superiors. I feel so honored to have known and worked for this amazing lady. She truly made an impact in God’s kingdom and in the lives of I’m betting thousands of people over her years.

  • Jacque Posted November 30, 2018 11:47 am

    Well said. I’m so thankful to have known her, and spent time with her. Truly a beautiful soul! I agree she is dancing with her Savior with clear vision! So grateful for the life she lived and proclaimed. It will be a witness to everyone she encountered for years to come. Blessings!

  • Gabina Rojas Posted November 30, 2018 2:51 pm

    So much to say about our Beautiful, Sister-Friend OJ! We will miss you dearly! Dance one song for me in heaven Beloved Angel Queen! Love you! Miss you already..

  • Juareen Greene Posted November 30, 2018 3:45 pm

    OJ was an awesome woman of God who prayed for, loved and encouraged everyone in need. She had faith that could move mountains. She provided all of the necessary tools for her employee’s to be successful. She was the person we could count on at all times and her door was always open. She always expressed her love and concern for all her co-workers. She will be truly be missed!!

  • Patrice Ford Posted November 30, 2018 5:50 pm

    OJ was one of the kindest people I ever knew. She had a smile for everyone, and remembered everything you ever told her. She made me feel loved, and that I mattered to her. She will be dearly missed by anyone who was blessed to know her.

  • Stefanie Elsea Posted December 1, 2018 10:51 am

    Such a wonderful and dear woman that was a friend to so many. I knew OJ for 35 years and she was the most cheerful and supportive person you could ever meet. Her courage and determination in fighting cancer for so many years was admired by so many. She will be missed and never forgotten.

  • Sarah D Ray Posted December 1, 2018 10:53 am

    Proud to say OJ was both my childhood and adult friend. She was probably the kindest person I have ever known. Rest in peace dear friend. You will be missed.

  • Jimmy Gonzales Posted December 2, 2018 5:30 pm

    Working with OJ you knew she had your back, supportive, kind, Intelligent, leader. Always said hello or bye. Will be missed!

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