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Olivia D. Duff

Ms. Olivia D. Duff, affectionately known as Susie, passed away peacefully on June 28, 2023, at the age of 65. She was born on February 24, 1958, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Oliver Sr. and Charlie Mae Duff, although her family celebrated her birthday every year on February 27th. Susie was a cherished member of her community, leaving behind a legacy of love, joy, and compassion.

Susie received her education from Licking Heights High School, where she formed lifelong friendships and cultivated her passion for learning. After completing her studies, she dedicated herself to caring for children, both her own and those in her extended family. Her nurturing spirit and warm heart made her a beloved figure in the lives of many.

One of Susie’s greatest pleasures in life was cooking. Her delicious meals brought people together, creating lasting memories around the dinner table. She took immense joy in preparing meals for her loved ones and ensuring that everyone’s appetites were satisfied. Susie had a particular fondness for Pepsi, Juicy Fruit, and Kentucky Fried Chicken, which added an extra sprinkle of happiness to her gatherings.

In her leisure time, Susie found solace in listening to Old School R&B music. The soulful melodies of artists like Patti LaBelle, Anita Baker, and Lenny Williams provided a soundtrack to her life, evoking nostalgia and sweet memories. Additionally, Susie was an ardent supporter of The Ohio State Buckeyes, cheering on her favorite team with unwavering loyalty.

Sadly, Susie was preceded in death by her parents, her beloved son Darryl Duff Sr., her grandsons Curtis Duff Jr. and Darez Duff, and her nephew David Duff. While she is deeply missed by those who knew and loved her, her memory lives on through the lives she touched.

Left to cherish Susie’s memory are her loving daughter, Bryandria Marie Duff, devoted sons, Curtis Anthony (Takai) Duff and George Bester. She also leaves behind her brothers Oliver Duff Jr., Paul Duff, and Jeffrey Duff, as well as her sisters Beverly Jones, Diane Duff, and Kathy Duff. Her 14 grandchildren will forever hold her dear in their hearts.

Susie had a wide circle of friends who were an integral part of her life. Among them, her special friend Alvin Lockhart and her best friend Cathy Banks shared countless precious moments and supported her throughout her journey. Additionally, Susie’s memory will be cherished by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends whose lives she enriched with her love and kindness.

A visitation will be held on Friday, July 7, 2023, at 10:00 AM, followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 AM at Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, The Chapel of Peace North, located at 2500 Cleveland Ave. Those who are unable to attend in person can stream the service and offer condolences to the Duff Family at The website also provides the opportunity to order flowers and view a video tribute dedicated to Susie’s life.

Ms. Olivia D. Duff, aka Susie, will forever be remembered for her loving nature, her culinary talents, and her unwavering devotion to her family and friends. May her soul rest in eternal peace, and may her memory continue to bring comfort and inspiration to all whose lives she touched.

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