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Olive Estelle Collier

1922 - 2021
Wednesday, February 10, 2021
Olive Estelle Collier

Olive Estelle Collier, 98, of Azle, left us on Saturday, January 30, 2021, after a brief downturn in her health.

To honor Olive, everyone is encouraged to have some BBQ and live their best life. No chapel service is planned. There will be a small, standing, masked, distanced, graveside observance at Mount Olivet Cemetery on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 10 a. m.

Olive was born June 12, 1922, to Florence and Edgar Doom in South Carolina. As a small child, she moved with her family to Salina, Kansas where she grew up and spent some of her happiest times.

Olive was married twice, the first time was on June 23, 1945, to Herbert G. Russell, from whom she courageously separated. She left Russ in the State of Maine, hitchhiking back to Texas alone, finalizing her divorce on November 26, 1948.

She later enrolled at TCU where she graduated and also met her second husband, James Curtis Collier, who had just returned from serving in the Pacific theater during WWII. Olive and Curtis married on July 1, 1949, and later had two children, James Warren Collier and Cara Diane Collier (who sadly passed away at the age of nine).

Olive worked for and retired from the FAA, then again from Texas Refineries, and then again for her son in his law practice. After her final retirement, she was a very active quilter and volunteer. Many of her friends and family have one or more of her artful, large, warm, comfortable quilts in use today. Olive set the standard as a mother, mentor, advisor, friend and citizen. Truly a Wonder Woman, she was wholesome, innocent, frugal and caring.

Olive loved BBQ and hot fudge sundaes. She would steer the family toward BBQ for Sunday dinner. While she was in West Side Campus of Care, Jim often brought brisket, sausage and fries, which they would both enjoy.

The Azle News, Feb. 10, 2021 Edition