Mary Lee Olney Fine

Mary Lee Olney Fine Mary Lee, 87, of Austin, Texas passed away on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. Born August 15, 1925 in Washington, D.C., she was the third child of Harry Wilde Olney and Margarite Riis Olney. She spent the first 10 years of her life at Falls Church Virginia immersed in the dynamic world of Washington, D.C., with her Easter egg rolls on the lawn of the White House and teaching Albert Einstein how to play jax. Her father worked for FDR and her mother fed the government workers at her bustling cafeteria while Mary Lee attended prestigious private schools until financial disaster forced a move across the country to Los Angeles, California where she grew to adulthood among the hills of Hollywood. The late 30's through WWII was a dynamic time for Mary Lee, rubbing elbows with movie stars, attending Hollywood HS. In 1946 she met and married the love of her life, Joseph Calvin Fine, and began her years as an Air Force wife, raising a family and moving every 2-3 years, first to Texas, then Oklahoma, Newfoundland, Maryland, California, Alaska and finally to Austin, Texas upon Calvin's retirement in 1961. But the work never stops, with her youngest child in school, Mary Lee found a job with an oil and gas consultant and walked to the Texas Railroad Commission for the first time beginning what would become a 40 year career in the man's world of the oil patch. In 1968 Mary Lee and her partner Alden Mason founded Mason Map Service, an oil and gas consulting firm now run by her children. During her working years, Mary Lee was President of the Desk and Derrick Club, Vice President of the Austin Business Women's Association, an antiques dealer, a publisher and a highly respected friend and advisor to her clients and her many employees. She loved her dogs, her books, talking politics and telling stories. Most of all she loved her family. Mary Lee is survived by her four children, Margie Wells of Georgetown, Texas, John Fine and his wife Roberta Showerman of Austin, Texas, Meredith Baker and her husband Roland Baker of Austin, Texas and Paul Fine of Ecuador ; also 8 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren. We will miss your loving happy presence, your stories, and your loving encouragement and appreciation of all our accomplishments and endeavors. We will love you forever. We would like to thank all the medical professionals who contributed to Mary Lee's care over the years, especially Dr. Dennis Tweedy of Austin Oncology, Southpark Meadows Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, and Hospice Austin. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hospice Austin and Meals on Wheels Austin


Published in Austin American-Statesman on Oct. 5, 2012