The life and legacy of Olivia Ann Crawley, 57, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is celebrated by her family, friends, and all who knew her. Olivia transitioned into eternal life on January 17, 2021. Olivia was born on November 11, 1963, in New York to Alex Sias, Sr. and Naomi Sias.
At an early age, she came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and functioned in several positions including First Lady, Evangelist, and Senior Board Member of Higher Level Church and Higher Level Community Outreach Inc. (HLCO). She graduated from Bible Baptist High School in 1981. Olivia advanced her education by receiving her associate degree from Harrisburg Area Community College, a bachelor’s degree from Shippensburg University, and a master's degree from Temple University of Harrisburg in Clinical Social Work. Olivia retired from PHEAA after 30 years of service in March of 2018. Olivia then pursued her passion in social work for the YWCA, giving back to the community and aiding the homeless population. She continued her involvement in the community by serving at Project Homeless Connect, Jobs for Life, Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer for Love, and election polls and founding Women of Worship. Olivia cherished her positions in the community but loved her family the most. Olivia doted on her role as a wife, mother, and “mom-mom” as she was affectionately called by her grandchildren.
A woman of faith and immense love, Olivia was married for 38 years to her loving husband, Donald Crawley, who survives her, along with her son Jason Crawley of Harrisburg; Godson Gregory Mounds of Maryland; three daughters Jaylene Crawley, Jessica Crawley, and Jocelyn Crawley-Lockette (Brian), all of Harrisburg, PA; grandchildren Jayden Crawley, Jerryn Lockette, Jarryd Lockette, and Madison Richardson; her favorite niece Angela Mayfield; two sisters Alexandria Sias-Harris (Kelvin) and Norine Sias. Olivia was preceded in death by her brother Alex Sias, Jr., nieces, nephews, and friends.
Olivia's life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by her understood that the quality of her existence far exceeds the quantity of time in which one lives. Her gentle smile and warm hugs brought so much joy to all she met. Olivia’s courage and hope reminds us all of the preciousness of life. "Rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8.
Viewing begins at 10 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11 a.m. Services will be held at Life Center located at 411 South 40th Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111. Burial will follow immediately after at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery organized by Hooper Memorial Home.