Olivia Gilliland Denson

In Memorial

Olivia Gilliland Denson age 89, of Pass Christian, Mississippi, passed away in May 2023 in LaGrange Park. She was born in Pawhuska, OK, in 1934, to Chester and Mary Agnes Strike Axe Gilliland and was a proud member of the Osage Nation. She moved to New Orleans, LA, in 1954, did administrative work in multiple industries, participated in community theatre, attended multiple Catholic parishes, and volunteered in the Louisiana Engineering Society. In New Orleans, she met her husband Leonidas Denson. The couple moved to Pass Christian, MS, in 1976, where she was an active parishioner at Holy Family Catholic Church (previously St. Paul), volunteering with St. Vincent de Paul, the Altar Society, the annual Seafood Festival, and other ministries. She was a Lumen Christi award winner in the Diocese of Biloxi.

She was preceded in death by her husband Leonidas Denson, her parents, sister Nancy Reber, and brother Rusty Gilliland. She is survived by her sister Freda Moore of Aurora, CO, son David (Julie) Denson of LaGrange Park, IL, and son Noah (Betsy) Denson of Houston, TX, and grandchildren Olivia, Everett, and Natalie Denson.

Funeral services will be at a later date in Pass Christian, MS, with interment at Live Oak Cemetery.

Arrangements entrusted to Hitzeman Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 9445 West 31st Street, Brookfield, IL 60513

Information 708-485-2000 or www.HitzemanFuneral.com

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  1. The Vitell Family condolence:

    David & Noah (Julie & Betsy & the kids),

    We are so sorry for the passing of your mother. Sincere condolences, prayers, and hugs for all of you. May her memories bring you smiles daily.

    We love you all!
    The Vitells

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