Olivette Moss Smith, affectionately known to many as “Grandma Olivette”, lived a full life of purpose from her Sunrise date of May 5, 1931 to her Sunset Date of April 10, 2019. Born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, she was destined to be great!
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She wore many hats. She worked as an Accountant, and handled many business accounts. She was a well known clothing designer; her gowns were a hit among high school girls and celebrities. She was well known as Madam Olivette for her creative designs!
Olivette was a writer of poetry and other literary work. She was presented a top Literary Award on stage at a well recognized Arts and Literary event. Florence Henderson (actress from the Brady Bunch) who loved her work, was honored to present the award to her. Some of her poems are included in this program as a keepsake; they are from her published book of poetry.
She was a Teacher who tutored many young people coaching them to be great. Her gift to the youth was one of possibilities, giving them books to inspire and elevate their mind. Many young people are successful today because of her teachings and speaking success into their lives.
Olivette developed a passion for healthy living after a personal illness that she experienced. She studied biology focusing the functionally of the body, healing herbs, natural remedies, and dietary benefits for natural care and healing. She helped a lot of people heal, cleanse, regenerate and nurture their body. People traveled miles to get her juices which she tailored to their needs. Her Vitamix was never dormant! She held health seminars at various locations; and the Living Food Institute to educate on healthy lifestyles. Her teachings will continue to live on as her remedies are shared.
Her gardening was one of her passions that she worked on daily, planting seeds for various fruit trees, herbs — some that normally did not grow in Georgia. She had a recipe for the soil to enrich it to nurture any seed she put in the ground. She was like “Mother Earth” making that seed grow and expand. She had a will that did not allow mediocrity - even from the earth.
She lived HER earthly purpose, helping many on her journey, without the need for applause or accolades. She saw a need and she just did what needed to be done. We are all blessed to have had her in our lives.
She leaves to cherish her memories a Sister, Delores Johnson; a daughter, Elaina Moss, Atlanta; two sons, Gerald Smith, Atlanta, and Johnny Smith, Philadelphia; 3 grandchildren, Samuel A. Giles (Linda), Scharmel Mitchell, and Dana Smith, 4 great grandchildren, and a host of other family, friends and admirers.