Olivia "Gay" Wolken '70 November 10, 2021 10:43 AM updated: November 10, 2021 11:02 AM
Olivia Gay Wolken
November 29, 1949 - November 19, 2020
Olivia Gay Wolken was born on November 29th, 1949 to Roy and Betty Hart in Uvalde, Texas. She met her husband of 51 years, Larry Wolken, at Texas A&M University and they married June 21st, 1969 at First Presbyterian Church in Uvalde, Texas. In 1971, she moved to Houston with Larry where she had her first two children Kristen Thomson and Lance Wolken and in 1975 they moved to College Station where they had their third child Taylor Wolken.
Gay will be remembered for her servant's heart, nurturing spirit and boundless capacity for love. Her many friends and family are a testament that her life was well lived. She loved gardening, traveling and cooking and hated laundry and the water. Gay taught as a preschool teacher for St. Thomas Early Learning Center and served her community teaching English to the wives of international students at Discovery and Friendship Connection all while caring for her family at home and perfecting the best chicken pot pie in the state.
Gay spent her life serving. She became a mother figure to many of our Chinese friends she helped immigrate to the US. Throughout her life she gave selflessly to The Lord through the church, serving on mission trips, and providing books for soldiers among a host of other things far too long to list here. Gay always put others before herself.
Gay was preceded in death by her father Roy Hart and her mother Betty Hart. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Lawrence Wolken '69, her daughter, Kristen Thomson '94 and her husband Shannon Thomson '93 and their children Collin and Claire Thomson, her son, Lance Wolken and his wife Duyen Wolken and their children Jonathan and Megan Wolken and her son, Taylor Wolken '12 and his wife Shelby Wolken and their son Gavin Wolken and her beloved bird Peyton Wolken.
In lieu of flowers you can make donations to: Mission to Serve or Hospice Brazos Valley.
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