OBITUARY

Olivia Betancur Arroyave

February 17, 1960December 12, 2010

Olivia Arroyave

Our beloved mother, sister, daughter, aunt and friend — the calm and joyful peacemaker in our large family — passed away Dec. 12 from complications of leukemia. She was 50. Born in Colombia, Olivia moved with her parents and three brothers and four sisters to Rhode Island when she was a young adult. Shortly after having her daughter, Tatihanna, in 1986, Olivia moved to South Florida. In 1991, she joined The Palm Beach Post, working her way up to supervisor of the company’s post office. In her 18 years at The Post, Olivia came to think of the newspaper as her second family, enlarging the world for her and Tatihanna. Watching the writers and editors inspired Tatihanna’s passion for writing, and she also worked at The Post, like her mom, before she went to college in Miami. Olivia loved learning of all kinds, especially literature and the arts. She and Tatihanna went to Mass every Sunday and loved their movie nights, “our quality time.” Her happiest moments were with her family, and she believed her purpose in life was to keep her family strong and connected. In March 2010, Olivia’s sister, Gladys, gave her a precious gift — her bone marrow for a transplant. Olivia and Gladys were a “twin match.” The transplant gave Olivia several precious more months with her daughter. She is survived by daughter, Tatihanna, of Palm Springs; her parents, Maria and Maximiliano Betancur, of Rhode Island; her siblings Samuel (wife Marta), Gladys, Doris, Maria E. , Rogelio, Daryl and Diana. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and friends, especially her best friend Dulce Soto. In Olivia’s last weeks, her daughter Tati and her niece Natalie were by her side daily, and siblings Gladys, Doris, Daryl and Diana helped in her care. Of Olivia’s many roles, her favorite and most important was that of mother. She worked hard and selflessly, charmed all she knew with her warm heart and happy smile and always saw the best in people. She put Tatihanna first in her heart and with her time, supporting her at dance recitals and school awards ceremonies. One of her proudest moments was Tatihanna’s graduation from Florida International University in Miami. For Tatihanna, “She was my hero, my role model and my best friend.” Olivia’s memorial is Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Home, 6411 Parker Ave., West Palm Beach. A Mass to celebrate her life is Saturday, 9 a.m., at St. Luke Catholic Church, 2930 S. Congress Ave., Palm Springs. Arrangements under the direction of Mizell-Faville-Zern Funeral Home & Cremation Service, West Palm Beach, FL.

Services

  • Masa de la Resurrección Saturday, December 18, 2010
  • Visitacion Friday, December 17, 2010
REMEMBERING

Olivia Betancur Arroyave

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GBB

February 20, 2018

Hi Sister:
Say hello to dad.
Always I carry all of you in my mind.
Love.

GBB

February 20, 2018

Hi Sister:
Say hello to dad.
Always I carry all of you in my mind.
Love.

February 18, 2018

Dear sweet sister Olivia,
Another birthday for you that comes and goes, but nevertheless, I remember and I reach out to you to say Happy Birthday in heaven. While the years may come and go as I said an awful lot of times, your bright light cannot be extinguished from our lives. We remember you with love and gratitude always and forever.
Rest in peace,
On behalf of your entire family and those who may have forgotten!
Love always,

Brother D, in Cali.

GBB

January 11, 2018

Hi Sister:
It is cold during this time. How nice to have you around to get your warming words of hope for a better next day. I miss you all.
Please say hello to dad and give dad a big kiss from me.
I am in the set of mind that I do not if I am comng or going. Too many things inside in my head.
Send me a light on what to do.
Love you all.

GBB

January 3, 2018

Hi Olivia
Te extrano y nunca te olvidare.
I miss you everyday.
Today is the 2nd day of 2018.
How fast the time is going.
How soon the weather change.
How easy we all are going in diferent directions.
One thing that is the same is my promise that as longer I am alive I will remember you.
And I will remember our dad.
Love you all...Have a peaceful place outthere.

October 17, 2017

Dear sister, today is simply an ordinary day and while having a bit of time, I pause to reflect about you and to remember you. I know time passes by and as it does, people tend to forget. However, one thing is for sure, our love for you cannot be diminished nor forgotten by time nor by the passage of time. You are always present in spirit and that is enough comfort for all of us until we see you again!
Thank you for having been such a great supporting sister while you were on this earth.
Love always,
Brother D

GBB

October 12, 2017

Hi Sister
Love you.
Happy birthday to oursvfather.
Love for All.

GBB

October 12, 2017

Hi Olivia
Dear Sister.
This past month, September, everything were upside down. This month things are improving litle by litle.
Yesterday I made the effort to meditate and I went back in time.I am glad to be where I am now.To have what I have. I walked wide roads and I find the way to get out when the road was narrow.
In name of ours father on his birthday.I sent him my regards and a big hug. I m sure he can see his red roses at the house.I want to tell you and to tell dad that love will be here and I have plenty for all.
I miss you all. Love you all.

GBB

August 30, 2017

Hi for you and Dad
My Angels in this route.
I miss you all.
Love you

GBB

August 14, 2017

Hi:
I love you.
I missed you all.