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April 20, 1937 ~ January 22, 2024 (age 86) 86 Years Old
Olivia Hoskins was born on April 20, 1937, the seventh child out of eleven siblings to the union of Samuel Jones and Ida Mae (Shaw) Jones in Terry, Louisiana, and departed this life on January 22, 2024.
She graduated from Merrill High School in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She also attended college and took many courses throughout her life. She accepted Jesus Christ as her lord and Savior at an early age as a member of the Church of God in Oak Grove, Louisiana, and later as a member of the Jubilee Christian Church.
She worked at Honeywell, Polaroid, and finally at Gillette, where her hard work and dedication fostered team building and teamwork. Her example of hard work, kindness, and tenacity ensured her children would follow her steps to succeed in their own lives.
She was one of the civil rights leaders in Massachusetts and has been an ambassador for change for over 25 years in her community. As an active member of Massachusetts ACORN, she stood up for the rights of voters, workers, families, and elders in low-income, black, and brown neighborhoods in Boston and beyond.
In 2010, Olivia was the leading voice in building New England United 4 Justice, where she continued the path of justice for Greater Boston Families. She served as a committee leader and a Dorchester Representative in her neighborhood for over seven years and focused primarily on community and neighborhood development.
As a friend, a sister, and a movement elder, Olivia’s wisdom and love will forever guide our hearts and our continued path toward social, racial, and economic justice.
Olivia was a member of the Mass Senior Action Council (MASC) for seven years, a statewide, grassroots, senior-run organization that empowers its members to collectively address critical public policy and community issues that affect their health and well-being.
Olivia worked closely with Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, Massachusetts in assisting the elderly with their issues and concerns.
Olivia was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Ida Mae Jones, two brothers, Frank, Jack “Billy”, five sisters Goldie, Helena, Elvie, Mary, Catherine, and her son Horace.
She leaves to cherish her memory: Three sons, Tracy Hoskins of Cantonment, Florida, Edwin and Anthony Hoskins of Boston, Massachusetts, one grandson, Jason Simmons of Boston, Massachusetts, two great-grandsons, Jaylyn and Sadir Simmons of Boston, Massachusetts; two sisters, Margie Plummer and Sally Haliburton of Lake Village, Arkansas, one brother, Levester Jones Sr., of Columbia, Ohio; a host nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, and friends.