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Reo Rita Anthony Olive was born on June 14, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, moving to Memphis as a young child with her parents, L.A. and Annabelle Anthony and sister, Peggy Anthony, all who predeceased her.  Rita graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1947 and after graduating from Tennessee State University in 1951, began working at Universal Life Insurance Company where she met her husband, John Avery Olive. They remained married from 1955 until Mr. Olive’s passing in 1977.  Rita went on to become a beloved teacher of Business Education at Carver and Central High Schools, retiring after some 30 years.  Rita was multi-talented in the areas of  calligraphy, sewing, and bridge, to name a few. She was a member of the Beta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Services will be held on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 1695 Central Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee 38104 with Visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m., Rosary at 10:30 a.m. and Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m.

Burial at Historic Elmwood Cemetery.

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  • Friday, November 10, 2017
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