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Zoila BOLL


Family-Placed Death Notice

BOLL, Zoila Zoila Maria Gonzalez Ruiz de Boll was born on March 7, 1931 in Veracruz, Mexico. She died peacefully in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday, September 12, 2013 with her daughter by her side. In her 20s, Zoila, whose parents died when she was very young, moved to Mexico City and worked briefly in the hotel industry before marrying and having a son, Carlos. She was widowed only a few years later; but her grief soon turned to joy when, back home on the beach in Veracruz, she met the love of her life, literally her Knight (of the Order of Orange Nassau, bestowed upon him by Queen Beatrix of his homeland, the Netherlands), Bastiaan Boll. They married in Veracruz and moved to Houston, Texas in 1963. Zoila and Bob, as he was known, had a daughter, Monica. Zoila was so proud of her country and always loved to go back to Mexico to visit family and friends. In 1968, Zoila and Bob moved to New Orleans where they lived happily and busily for more than 30 years. New Orleans was the perfect location for her Latin heritage and his European background. She worked part-time for Latter & Blum, selling and renting real estate and full-time as a wife, mother and generous hostess. Zoila's mantra was that it was better to give than to receive. She organized clothing drives, food donations and could never walk past a child or person in need without making a donation. She was a great cook, partial of course, to Mexican cuisine. She was very social, enjoying both entertaining at home and attending black tie events with Bob in his capacity as Honorary Consul of the Netherlands. She opened up her home to countless friends, family and exchange students from Mexico and Europe. In their spare time, she and Bob loved vacation cruises on Holland America Line, a company from which Bob retired after 25 years of service. Her exuberance for life was overflowing, matched equally by her gratitude for the unique things for which she felt privileged to experience: Mardi Gras balls, transatlantic cruises, gatherings at the Beach Club and walks with her husband along the streets of New York and Amsterdam. In 2000, Zoila and Bob moved to Sun City Hilton Head to enjoy their retirement. They lived an active life, participating in social clubs, entertaining and playing croquet, tennis and bridge. Continuing with lifelong traditions, they regularly volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Volunteers in Medicine. Zoila was devoutly Catholic and an active member of Saint Gregory the Great parish in Bluffton, SC. Prior to that, she was a member of St. Philip Neri parish in Metairie, LA. She and Bob were lifelong partners: tennis partners, bridge partners and dance partners. Sadly, after nearly 50 years of marriage in 2011, she lost her partner, her beloved husband, best friend and constant companion. A year later, she moved to Atlanta to be near her children though she never recovered from losing Bob, ultimately dying of a broken heart. She is now reunited with her "Papi" and the vast and varied international set of family and friends that have gone before her - we expect there was a big welcoming party on Thursday night! She will be missed for her contagious smile, her positive outlook, her "can do" attitude, her sage advice, loving warnings and caring insights - always delivered in her native tongue, Spanish - and her faith in all things good; her spirit will continue to be with all who knew and loved her or experienced her charity. She was a devoted wife and a proud mother to her children. She is survived by her son, Carlos, her daughter, Monica and her daughter-in-law, Ellen. The family will be holding a private memorial on Monday and a celebration of Zoila's life sometime over the coming weeks. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to Crossroads Hospice which made Zoila's last weeks of life very dignified and comfortable (crhcf.org), or to Meals on Wheels (mowaa.org). Online condolences may be made at hmpattersonspringhill.com.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sept. 15, 2013
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