Born on April 9, 1998, in El Dorado, Kansas, to John and Jackie (Courchaine) Peiffer, Olivia began her life as a passionate, energetic soul who from day one loved people. Olivia exuded a warmth and caring that naturally drew people into lasting relationships with her. An accomplished flutist, self-taught pianist, and all around fun ukulele player reflected her intense love for music. God gifted her with a sharp intellect and strength that forged her path through the College of Engineering at Kansas State University, graduating summa cum laude in chemical engineering. While there, Olivia lived one of her passions and marched piccolo in the KSU band, was elected President of the KSU Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, served as a tutor for the SAS program, was a member of the Women in Engineering sorority AOE, a mentor to many fellow junior engineers, a Nathan Award recipient, a Tuttle Creek "aficionado" and a long-boarding "extraordinaire."
More importantly though, Olivia forged and maintained friendships from her youth and college that carried her through her biggest adventure yet. In June of 2020, in the midst of a world-wide pandemic, Olivia moved to Houston, Texas, to begin a life working as a chemical engineer for ExxonMobil in Baytown. While there, true to course, Olivia carefully nurtured a network of friends that brought immense joy, laughter and love into the world. It was also there that Olivia was blessed with her Shih Tzu, Murphy, who accompanied Olivia on her many adventures in Texas.
Olivia's passion for people and music was ultimately born in her passion for God. It was Olivia's faith that carried her through the struggle of having alopecia and having experienced this condition, was graced with a unique balance of compassion, understanding and acceptance of others. One of her greatest joys was being able to attend the Catholic Conference SEEK. It was there during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament that Olivia committed her heart to God and His mission. Always one to share in good things, Olivia joined various Bible studies to deepen her understanding and after obtaining the position at ExxonMobil, dedicated a monthly stipend from her income to assist in God's work through the KSU chapter of FOCUS.
Olivia deeply loved and cherished her family, parents John and Jackie (Courchaine) Peiffer of El Dorado; siblings Ashley Peiffer of Wichita, Steven (Sara) Peiffer of Bel Aire, Joshua (Sarah) Peiffer of San Antonio, TX; grandmother Vivian Peiffer of Derby; niece and nephews, Hannah Bowen, Samuel Bowen and Bodie Peiffer; fur-baby Murphy; several aunts, uncles and cousins as well as her large network of friends and extended family who all loved her dearly. Olivia passed away on September 29, 2021 in Houston, TX, at her home. She is preceded in death by her grandparents Jerome Peiffer, Victor Courchaine and Ruth Courchaine. Friends may gather with the family for a Vigil Service at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church on Friday, October 8th at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, October 9th at 11:00 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in El Dorado. Olivia will be laid to rest at Ascension Cemetery in Bel Aire at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed in care of the family for an engineering scholarship that will be set up at Kansas State University. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Olivia at www.carlsonkirby.com Thank you.
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