Olive 'Ollie' Mary Cournoyer
Ollie M. Cournoyer, 97, passed away peacefully on May 28, 2016 at her Avamere home in Medford, Ore. Ollie, born May 23, 1919 in Worcester, MA, was the first child of Alfred G. Fountaine and Florence G. O’Reilly Fountaine.
Ollie went to Gates Lane Elementary school graduating in 1933, and Worcester trade school graduating in 1935.
In 1938 she married her first husband Herb Roberts and the couple later divorced in 1954. In 1958, she married Louis R. Cournoyer. They owned and operated several restaurants in Worcester, Mass. Ollie ran the business and Lou served as a police officer with the Worcester police department. In 1970 when Lou retired from the police department, the couple moved to Medford, Ore. Soon after they arrived, Lou bought the Brite Spot restaurant in Central Point and later opened Lou’s at VI restaurant in Medford. Ollie decided not to work in the restaurants again and went to work for the Medford School District as a cashier in the cafeteria at North Medford High School. When that program closed down in 1983, Ollie started volunteering at the American Red Cross, Medford Airport, and her greatest love, Providence Hospital.
She volunteered at Providence Hospital for 26 years, retiring in 2009. She was very proud of her years at the hospital and received many awards for her time spent there. The award she was most proud of was her certificate for volunteering a total of 13,452 hours.
Survivors include her son, Bill Roberts and his wife Nancy of Braidenton, Fla.; daughter Judi DeBolt and her husband Monte of Cave Junction, Ore; her grandchildren, David Roberts of West Boylston, Mass.; Shanda Ford of Collierville, Tenn.; Lance Palmer of Central Point, Ore.; and Mark DeBolt and Jayne Griggs both of Medford, Ore. Also surviving are her niece, Jana Lombardozzi Giaquinto of Florida; and nephew, Paul Lombardozzi of Falmouth, Mass.; and her nine great-grandchildren. Ollie was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Dorothy Lombardozzi in 1987; and her first grandchild, Stephen P. Roberts in 1981. Her husband Lou passed away in 1997.
The family would like to thank Providence Hospice for their compassion and all the staff at Avamere for their care, dedication, support and service.
A private, grave-side memorial is planned later in the summer.