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OLA FAYE BOLIEU  1936—2012

Ola Faye Bolieu, age 75, died in her residence in Oyster Bay, Wakulla County, on February 6, after a year-long battle with colon cancer.

She was assisted in passing by Big Bend Hospice.

Ola Faye was born near the town of Buckholts, in a small farming community in Central Texas, to Alvie Fritz and Lonnie Gropell Fritz on September 21, 1936.  She was the youngest of four children, with a brother Valton and two sisters, Opal and Delores.  In 1963 she married Louis Bolieu in Austin, Texas.

Ola Faye was a graduate of Buckholts High and Durham Business College.  She was then an assistant to the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners for 10 years.  She earned a bachelors degee and an MBA at Tarleton State University, where she served as a Business Management professor.

From 1978 to 1985 she was the business manager of Texas United Faculty (AFT, AFL-CIO), a statewide college and university union.  From 1985 to 1991 she was office manager for the Austin Association of Teachers and southeast union project staff for the Texas State Teachers Association, NEA.  She retired in 1992, but served as a volunteer campaign organizer for the United Faculty of Florida (Florida Education Association, AFT, NEA, AFL-CIO), a statewide union of higher education professionals.

She is the author of  the cookbook, “Freewater Cookin’ with Ola Faye Bolieu,” named for the boat she and Louis lived on for 20 years.  In 1998 she sailed to Cuba with Louis, Jerry Alexander, and Charlie Holdorf on the 26 ft. 1948 Steelcraft cabin cruiser, HUMPHREY BOGART.

Ola Faye is survived by her husband Louis, her sister Delores Govro of Victoria, Texas,and her sister-in-law Jean Herzog of Austin,Texas. 

Her life will be celebrated privately by her numerous friends in Texas, California, D.C., and Wakulla County, and by her survivors; and her ashes will be distributed over the waters of her favorite cruising grounds.

“who knows what the tides will bring” ~ Tom Hanks, in the movie “CASTAWAY’

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