Oline ’Chris’ Hollander

Oline ’Chris’ HollanderOline ‘Chris’ Hollander

Longtime Ridgecrest resident Oline “Chris” Hollander passed into the arms of Our Lord on April 24, 2013, at home with her family by her side. She was 92.

Services will be held in Quanah, Texas, at a later date. In lieu of flowers and a local memorial service, the family asks that those who wish to do so make donations to the Pink Ladies Association so the Pink Ladies may continue their excellent work.

Chris was born Oline Christell Johnson on Nov. 17, 1920, to William and Loretta Johnson in Quanah. The youngest of four children, she spent her early years in Quanah.

She met and married Ted Hollander in Texas. Together, they moved to California in the late 1930s where Ted worked in the war effort, building aircraft.

Chris came to Ridgecrest in 1986 after the death of her husband. She quickly became involved with WACOM and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, becoming a volunteer with the Pink Ladies and dedicating morer than 4,000 hours of service. On her 90th birthday, she retired from volunteering. The city of Ridgecrest presented her with the key to the city and a proclamation honoring this most special citizen of Ridgecrest.

Her children say their mother lived her life to the fullest with great gusto and determination. She might have only been five feet five inches tall, but was the strongest person they knew.

Chris loved to play Yatzee and Bunco with her many friends. She loved a good joke but never at the expense of anyone. She always had a kind word for those in trouble and a helping hand for those in need. Her strength was a guiding force in our lives and a celebration of life was the rule to live by.

Chris is survived by son George and wife Judy Hollander of Magnolia, Texas, and daughter Virginia and favorite son-in-law Bob Piroli of Ridgecrest. Chris was blessed with six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Mom felt strongly about the great service that the Pink Ladies and Blue Men Associations have contributed to our community. We would also like to express our deepest gratitude to all the wonderful folks at the Ridgecrest Regional Hospital and Hospice Center for your kindness, compassion and expert medical care that made Mom’s last days bearable. Mom thought the world of y’all.

Submitted by the family of Oline “Chris” Hollander

Story First Published: 2013-05-01