Olivia Elizabeth McGinnis-Taylor, like many 12-year-olds, liked to share Instagram photos with her friends, especially her basketball and softball teammates.
Olivia pitched for the Ralston Riots, a select, fast-pitch, traveling softball team. She also played for the Amateur Athletic Union's Retro Basketball team, another select, traveling group.
“She was a star athlete,” said her aunt, Kim Foster of Omaha.
Word of Olivia's unexpected death Friday spread among her Instagram friends. Her softball team pulled out of a weekend tournament in Des Moines, although her basketball team chose to play in its weekend tourney in Ames, Iowa.
Olivia was declared dead at Immanuel Medical Center, Foster said. An autopsy showed that she died of a brain aneurysm, the aunt said.
This spring, Olivia finished sixth grade at Rockbrook Elementary School. She attended kindergarten through fourth grade at Prairie Lane Elementary.
Foster described her niece as outgoing.
“She was very cheerful and had an amazing smile,” Foster said. “She just meets friends wherever she goes.”
Olivia also loved animals, especially her cat, Ava, Foster said.
Besides her aunt, Olivia is survived by her parents, Carl and Karla McGinnis-Taylor of Omaha; a sister, 10-year-old Jasmine; and grandparents Walt and Bev McGinnis of Mount Ayr, Iowa.
Olivia was preceded in death by a grandmother, Della Marie Taylor.
Funeral services for Olivia McGinnis-Taylor will begin at 2:30 p.m. today at the West Center Chapel of Heafey-Heafey-Hoffmann Dworak-Cutler, 78th Street and West Center Road.