Ollie Briggs Sours, 90, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, November 12, 2015 in Maurertown, VA.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and loyal Democrat.
Ollie was born at home in Proctor, Oklahoma on November 6, 1925. She was a tribal member of the Cherokee Indian Nation and graduated from Central High School in Tahlequah, OK. After declining a full scholarship to Northeastern University, she moved to Washington, D.C. in 1944 to work for the War Department to do her part for the war effort. In 1947, she married Leonard Sours and settled into married life first in Arlington, VA, then Vienna, VA. While living in Vienna, she worked in real estate accounting and in 1967, she and Leonard purchased a farm along the Shenandoah River, where they could fish on the weekends. In her free time, Ollie enjoyed going to estate auctions to purchase antiques, which blossomed into a family business, Valley Collectibles. Ollie retired after spending 30 years in real estate accounting and continued to grow her antique business, which had several locations around the Maurertown area.
She is survived by her family: Leonard Sours, Alice Waltrip, David Briggs (Evelyn), Bill Sours (Kathy), Jason Briggs, Thomas Sours, and Kate Sours.
A celebration of life memorial will be held at Zion Christian Church, 1772 Zion Church Rd, Maurertown, VA 22644 on December 5, 2015 at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, 110 East 42nd Street, 16th floor, New York, NY 10017 (www.alzinfo.org); the Cherokee Nation Foundation, 800 S. Muskogee Ave., Tahlequah, OK 74464 (www.cherokeenationfoundation.org/seasalt); or Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, VA 22601(www.brhospice.org).
Cremation arrangements are by Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock, VA.