Dollie Ann COLE
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COLE, Dollie Ann

Dollie Ann Cole, age 84, passed away on August 24, 2014. Mrs. Cole, widow of the late Edward N. Cole, former President of General Motors Corporation, was a respected businesswoman, serving in leadership roles on numerous national and local boards including on the board of PBS, Project HOPE (World Health Organization), The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, the National Corvette Museum, HPSC, a national leasing and finance company based in Boston, National Captioning Institute for the Hearing Impaired, National Academy of Sciences Presidents' Circle, and the 100 Club of Central Texas, a charitable organization established to support the families of officers killed while serving the public. Mrs. Cole was also a member of the Corvair Society and was a Distinguished Woman of Northwood University. Mrs. Cole's interests included historic preservation, attending auctions and she was a great supporter of projects in and for Texas, including the Settlement Home for Children. Mrs. Cole also worked as a Senior Editor for Curtis Publishing. Outspoken, bright and attractive, Mrs. Cole set a high profile standard for the auto executive wife when she arrived in Detroit in the early 1960's. Mrs. Cole commanded the same desk from her Ranch in Lockhart, Texas that her late husband occupied on the legendary 14th floor of the General Motors Building, buying it as a surprise for her husband when he retired. Known as a "force of nature" Mrs. Cole worked tirelessly for charities protecting children and animals.

Mrs. Cole is survived by her four children, William Jefferson McVey, III, Anne Cole Pierce, Esq., Robert Michael Joseph Cole and Edward N. Cole, Jr. and by seven grandchildren, Alexandra C. Pierce, 2Lt. Matthew C. Pierce (currently serving in the United States Army), Dr. Christina A. Cole, Adam H. Cole, Rita B. Cole, Edward N. Cole, III, and Gunnar M. Cole.

The family will receive friends in Texas from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Thursday and Friday, August 28, 2014 and August 29, 2014 at the McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan Street, Lockhart, Texas 78644. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Cole will be held in Texas on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the TDS Pavilion located in the TDS Exotic Game Preserve, 11508 Carl Road, Buda, Texas 78610. A second celebration of the life of Mrs. Cole will be held in Michigan. The family will receive friends in Michigan on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, Michigan 48084. A funeral service will be held at the Kirk in the Hills Church, 1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302 on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. with internment to follow at White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Road, Troy, Michigan, 48098.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, P.O Box 566, Roseville, Michigan 48066, the Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20918 or the National Corvette Museum, 350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101.

Mrs. Cole will be greatly missed by her many friends and her family.

Arrangements under the care and guidance of McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan, Lockhart, Texas 78644. Obituary and guestbook online at

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Published in Austin American-Statesman from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2014.
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July 26, 2015
Mrs. Cole was the sweetest lady I ever meet! We meet under crazy circumstances but it will never be forgotten! I remember one time she told me not to let an old woman out work me! Well needless to say she gave me a run for my money! Her presence can not be replaced but can be remembered!
Anthony Davis
August 30, 2014
To The Mcvey and Cole family, I was working in 76 at an independant auto rental and corporate livery at Detroit metro airport. One day early in that summer a petite blond driving a 75 dark blue with white vinyl roof Fleetwood Talisman Cadillac pulls up, I was 18 and was working a summer job as a ready line porter. The office Mgr asked if I could drive Mrs Cole to the airport. I replied no problem, I had no idea who Mrs Cole was, anyway Mrs Cole stayed in the driver seat and I hopped in the pass seat and off we went to departures. Once there she popped the trunk and I rushed to get her luggage to hand to the skycap who was waiting. Mrs cole handed me a 5 dollar bill which at the time was a huge tip for a kid like me. What stood out about that day in June 76 was that this lady was so friendly and asked me my name, where I lived, went to school etc and kept talking like she was the most genuine sweetest lady or anyone I ever accomanied or drove to the airport, this was 39 yrs ago and I have never forgotten that meeting or the several others that season. I would return back to the livery with Mrs Coles Auto and wash and clean, Vac etc per what I was instructed. I hung her keys and when she returned to metro I would drive to arrivals and Mrs Cole would jump back in that big Caddy, get behind the wheel and drop me off with another 5 which at that time was a very genrous tip. This scenario played out a few times that summer and I will never forget that beutiful classy tiny blond driving that huge Fleetwood. My condolonces, Mike
Mike Walsh
August 29, 2014
I will miss you at City Wide Garage Sale
Sarah Lawson
August 28, 2014
I am so sorry for the loss of your dear love one. I wish the family great strength during this time of grief...Philip. 4:13
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