She was born June 20, 1928, in Daytona Beach, Fla., to John Roland Bethea and Frances Antley Bethea. She lived in Orlando, Fla., until 1950 after graduating from Duke University and her marriage to Walter G. Ollen. She was preceded in death by her husband, who was a Navy veteran.
Survivors include: her son, George W. Ollen and Tess Carroll of Los Angeles; her daughters, Frances Sonia “Sish” Ollen of Rabun Gap, Patricia Ann Ollen “Trish” of Tampa, Fla., and Pamela Ann Ollen-Hughes and husband Joseph “Kiwi” Hughes of Islamorada, Fla.; three grandchildren, Nathan Miller (deceased), Jenna Miller and Noel Miller; a sister, Sissa Bethea of Mountain City; a brother and sister-in-law, John R. and Lillian Bethea of Miami; and many nieces and nephews and their families.
She taught school for 25 years, mostly in Orlando, where she was Teacher of the Year and a facilitator for Developing Capable People. After her retirement in 1994, she moved permanently to Rabun Gap, where she was a substitute teacher and a mentor. She volunteered for Community Partnership, the Red Cross, the Medical Foundation and Estatoah Unity Chapel.
Momo radiated love and warmth that extended not only to every family member but to all those that touched her life. Family was the light of her life. Her optimism and strength was the family’s anchor that everyone drew from. In light and love, Momo will be deeply missed and loved as her journey continues.
A celebration of Frances’s life will be held in January 2013 at the Estatoah Unity Chapel in Dillard. The date is to be announced.
Memorial donations may be made to: Estatoah Unity Chapel, Special Assistance Fund, P.O. Box 474, Dillard, GA 30537.
Beck Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at http://www.beckfuneralhome.com.