Mildred Jeane Ollée

Jun 24, 1934 – Sep 30, 2018

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Obituary

Mildred Jeane Wilkerson Ollée was born in Alexandria, Louisiana on June 24, 1934 daughter of Robert Wilkerson and Pearl Hebert Wilkerson.  Growing up in Alexandria with her sister Robbie Gertie Wilkerson-Jones was a special time for the extraordinary girls.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education, English, and Social Science at Xavier University of Louisiana. This is where she met her soul mate, Henry Ollée, whom she married in 1957. Their first son, David, was born while living in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In 1959 she taught high school in St Martinsville, La. The Ollée family moved to Walla Walla where their second son, Darrell, was born. While raising two young boys and teaching elementary school, she earned her Master’s degree in education from Walla Walla College.

She began her career in higher education as a faculty member at Walla Walla Community College. In 1970, she became a counselor at Seattle Central Community College and rose to the position of Vice President of Student Services, a job she held from 1987 to 1995. Mildred earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Seattle University in 1988. In 1995, she became The Executive Dean/CEO of Cascade Campus in the Portland Community College system. In 2003, she returned to Seattle Central College as President. Retirement in 2010 did not mark the end of Mildred’s career, just a pause during which she found time for travel to see family and friends and travel to Europe even going to the London Olympics in 2012 with Darrell and his family.

Mildred believed in giving back to her communities she was a member of The Links, Incorporated Seattle and Tacoma Chapters, various boards including the Seattle Central Foundation, Sound Transit Citizen Oversight Panel, the Federal Way Rotary and served on the candidate nominating committee for the US Naval Academy.  Most recently she was appointed to the Federal Way School Board and served as the Interim Director for the Northwest African American Museum which allowed her to indulge in another of her passions: bringing the talent of Artists of African descent to a wider audience.

Mildred was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Ollee Jr., MD in 2010. Her memory will live on through her son David Michael, his wife Millicent (Williams) and their 3 children Rachelle, Jordan, and Michael of Seattle and son Darrell Jacques, his wife Dr. Sharon (Charles) and their children Miles and Natalie of Aurora, IL. She has many loving nieces and nephews, in-laws, friends and colleagues who will remember her generous spirit, kindness, wit and tenacity.

SHE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.

Please send donations to the Mildred Ollee Scholarship fund at Seattle Central College Foundation, c/o Jessica Norouzi, 1701 Broadway, BE4180, Seattle, WA  98122.

Guestbook

Megan Walsh
Olympia, WA
Oct 17, 2018

David and Darrell - On behalf of my whole family, and especially from my mother Virginia Walsh, we send our condolences to your entire family. We have many fond stories dating from the days in Walla Walla to many more recent to remember your mother and father by - we all hope you're comforted by knowing what a wonderful woman you mom was, what a great life she lead and that she was such a powerful example to so many on how to make this world a better place. She was very proud of you both - and your wonderful families. Please know we are all sending hugs your way.

Dr. LInda Kaminski
Yakima, WA
Oct 17, 2018

I had the privilege to work with Dr. Ollee when she became president of Seattle Central College in 2003 until her retirement in 2010. As president of Yakima Valley College, I would see her at the monthly presidents' meeting and other community college meetings. She was well respected among her fellow presidents and always provided very professional and insightful input to our many discussions. Her voice was one of confidence, vast experience, and relevance to whatever topic was being discussed. She clearly made a difference in the many lives that she touched. I will miss her gentle leadership; her expert knowledge; and, most of all, her friendship.

Charlene Greene & Family
Renton, WA
Oct 17, 2018

On behalf of Joe Greene, Sr. & family, we send our love and deepest condolences. The Ollée family has been close, life long, family friends since we moved to Federal Way, Washington. There have been many wonderful memories shared playing dominoes, wedding celebrations, graduations and other milestones. It has been an honor and blessing to have known and love you. Be Blessed!

Linda Fontaine & Family
London, UK
Oct 12, 2018

To my dearest brother-in-law, niece and nephew we in London are very sorry for your loose. From the time I met your mother we got on really well, as we are both talkers and have a similar interest in education we could talk for hours. Although she met my children on very few occasions she was always interesting in what they were up to. May perpetual light shine upon her may she rest in peace Amen

Karin Edwards
Portland, OR
Oct 12, 2018

My earnest prayers and condolences to the family. Rest peacefully, Mildred. Thank you for laying a strong foundation for me to build on.

Dr. Andrea M. Rye
Seattle, WA
Oct 12, 2018

Dr. Ollee was a role model and mentor for many in the community and higher education. I was one who benefitted from her incessant efforts to open doors for young people who aspired to be a successful educator. I will miss her beautiful smile and warm personality. She always made an individual feel as though they were the most important person in her life. Rest In Peace, Power and Glory my beautiful Black Qween. Love you!

Irvin and Lydia Charles
Roseau, Dominica, 00
Oct 11, 2018

To our dear son in Law Darrell, your brother David and the rest of the family. No words can express the sadness of the passing of Mildred. We wish we could be with you to comfort you in your time of sorrow. Know that we are praying for all of you.

Irvin and Lydia Charles
Roseau, Dominica, 00
Oct 11, 2018

To our dear son in Law Darrell, your brother David and the rest of the family. No words can express the sadness of the passing of Mildred. We wish we could be with you to comfort you in your time of sorrow. Know that we are praying for all of you.

jacqueline Charles-Spears
Renton, WA
Oct 11, 2018

May you rest in enternal peace. You were such an important part of my life.

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