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Theola Olivia Moaney was born on July 12, 1951, to Tissier Cooper Moaney and the late Richard A. Moaney, Sr. in Easton, Maryland. On Wednesday, January 25, 2023, Our Lord whispered to her “Come unto me...ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
Olivia, as she was affectionately known, was surrounded by her children and sister when she was ushered by the Angels to heaven, at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center in Easton.
She received her formal education in the Talbot County School System while attending Robert Russa Moton High School prior to integration and graduated from Easton High School in 1969.
After graduation, Olivia went to work in the manufacturing and production industry where she worked for ConAgra Foods in St. Michaels. She also worked as a laundress at the former William Hill Manor. Before her early retirement due to a second liver transplant, she worked at Black & Decker for many years.
Having been brought up in faith, she was a member of the Deshields Methodist Episcopal Church in Copperville outside of Easton. During her tenure, she was blessed to use her voice as an instrument of praise. She sang with Deshields Gospel Singers directed by her mother as the pianist and was a member of the Royal Harmonizers with her uncles. She was inspired by renowned Gospel singers and some of her favorite songs, Shirley Caesar (No Charge), Dorothy Norwood (Somebody Prayed for Me), and James Cleveland (Peace, Be Still). The latter song she was known to sing until the time that her health steeply declined.
After the Deshields Church closed, she went on to spread her joy through music at the Waters United Methodist Church in Oxford, where she was also a member of the finance committee.
Olivia was a member of the American Legion Blake-Blackston Post #77 Ladies Auxiliary, following in her father’s footsteps as a member as a veteran of the Post. She had many fun times with friends and family at the “Legion” as it is known. She also enjoyed the various events that the auxiliary and squadron hosted for the community.
In addition to the Legion, she also enjoyed spending her free time with friends playing card games, outings with her former Moton alumni classmates and spending time gathering and cooking for her family, whom she fiercely loved. Family favorites that she cooked were her fried chicken and macaroni and cheese. Yum!
In addition to her father, Olivia was preceded in death by her brother, Earl S. Copper, Jr., her besties: Aunt Alethia Williams, cousins: Gwen James, Anne Howze, Libby Blake, and friends: Pauline Bailey, Shirley Wilson and Joyce Ann Jenkins, whom will all welcome her into heaven to continue the party.
She leaves to mourn and bask in the fond memories of her are: her mother, Tissier C. Moaney; her sons: Jeffrey Moaney of Baltimore and Montrese Moaney (Allison) of Easton, and daughter Tissier Alethia Moaney (Willie) of Easton; granddaughters: Kaylee, Tazaria and Azeylah High of Easton; sister, Brenda Moaney Henry of Easton; brother, Richard A. Moaney, Jr. (Shielgretta); nephews: Demetric Moaney, Sr., Brandon Potter, Garnell Henry, Jr., Dontae Henry; nieces: Kendall Williams Wilkerson, Rikki Gross, Roshonda Murray, Olivia Moaney; special great nephew, Demetric Moaney, Jr.; a good friend whom she traveled with, Beverly Lewis of Easton; a host of other great neices and nephews; special cousin Georgene Cooper and a host of other devoted cousins and friends.
Donations may be made in memoriam to the University of Maryland Medical Center Foundation