Elizabeth Dox Oliver

Elizabeth Dox Oliver Obituary

OLIVER, Elizabeth Dox Elizabeth Dox Oliver, 89, of Atlanta, known as Liz, surrounded by her family was called by Our Lord and Savior, on November 29 after a short illness, brought on by a stroke in August. Born in Detroit on July 29, 1926, Liz was the only child of Charles Andrew Dox of Pittsburgh via Austria, and Madaline Cecilia Russell of Lynn, Mass. Liz was the loving wife of husband Bill for 65 years. Liz and Bill were married on June 24, 1950 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan where they also attended both grade school and high school. Together they graduated from the Jesuit University of Detroit in 1948 and 1949. Following her graduation, Liz worked at Children’s Hospital with doctors specializing in childhood leukemia, until her parenting days commenced in 1951. Liz gave birth to nine beautiful children, beginning with Michael. Michael married Julia Angeles; they live in Connecticut. Their child Catherine is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Duke University in Durham, NC. David married Mihoko Kaji and they reside in Marietta, GA. Their children, Sean and Miya, are attending Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia, respectively. The third, Paul, now lives in Atlanta. Twins, Mark and Joe, came next. Mark married Jennifer and they live in Tucker, GA, with sons Charlie, a graduate of UGA, and Benton, a graduate of Tulane, both living in Los Angeles, CA. Joe, married to Victoria Lent, resides in Akron, Ohio, with children, Richard, Daniel, and Rachel. Mary Terese, lives in Plantation, FL. Patricia, with husband John DiPaola and children Clare and Joshua, resides in Royal Oak, MI. Dan and wife Kimberly, live in Atlanta, with children David, a student at UNC, Matthew, at UGA, and Emily, attending Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School. The last, Willie, a poet, resides in Atlanta. These years were filled with all of the things parents do, following their school and sports activities, until their college days commenced. After 40 years in Detroit with a short stay in Indianapolis, Liz and family moved first to Kent, OH and then to Atlanta, settling in the Branches where tennis and bridge were her focus, but both coming a distant second and third to her love for St. Jude The Apostle Catholic Church where she gave her all in many ministries including Cursillo, Eucharistic Adoration, Ministry To The Sick, ESL, CRHP, Liturgy, Funeral, RCIA, Legion of Mary, St. Theresa’s Circle, and Respect Life, building many close friendships over the last 43 years of her life. Then as the children grew older, Liz re-entered the business world with a very successful 30 year career in real estate with Nelson, Northside, and Re-Max Realtors, serving the Branches neighborhood where she knew every family. Also during those years Liz with her husband visited over fifty countries around the world, stopping at such exotic places as the Amazon, the East Coast of Africa from Kenya to the Cape of Good Hope, the Far East from Bali, to Manila, Singapore, and Thailand crossing the River Kwai Bridge to Burma, Hong Kong, the Great Wall of China, all of Europe and Canada, Israel, Helsinki, St. Petersburg’s Heritage Museum and Moscow’s Kremlin and Red Square. Always excited but never tiring, Liz loved every one she ever met at those remote places. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with the Rosary following, at Sandy Springs Chapel, 136 Mount Vernon Highway, 30328. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, 7171 Glenridge Drive, Sandy Springs, GA 30328, with a reception following. Liz will be buried on Saturday, December 5 in Detroit’s Holy Sepulcher Cemetery with other family members, after a Mass at noon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Royal Oak, MI, which is preceded by a viewing at 11:00. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Liz’s memory to the Pregnancy Aid Clinic, 411 King Arnold Street, Hapeville, GA 30354, 404-763-4357.

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