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Olivia Ray de Sola-Barnes

October 23, 2009 ~ January 16, 2019 (age 9)

Olivia (“Oli”) de Sola-Barnes passed away peacefully in the arms of family at her home in Big Sur on January 16th, 2019. Olivia was 9 years old. She called the redwoods and running creek her home. 

From the very beginning it was evident that Olivia was a wise soul who enjoyed the simple things in life and never took anything for granted. She radiated, light, laughter, and a passion for living that was contagious. Her warmth and compassion for humans and animals alike formed a wonderful community of friends. Olivia brought joy and inspiration to all the lives that she touched.

Olivia was a creative and curious girl who loved Carmel River School. She took great pleasure in reading, writing, math and  and drawing. After school she was often seen skipping to her various activities: drama class, musical theater and gymnastics.

Like a brilliant comet, Olivia illuminated everything in her path. At the end of her journey, Olivia showed us all that she was an exceptionally dignified, determined, resilient and courageous girl. On a dark and stormy night, she put on her fairy wings and flew off to another world. Her spirit will forever continue to shine among us and will inspire us daily. 

Olivia is survived by her parents, Daniela de Sola and Elizabeth Barnes. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Olivia de Sola-Barnes’ honor can be sent to the following non-profit:

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