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Dooley, Ola Pauline

Ola Pauline Dooley Mrs. Ola Pauline Dooley, 86, of Forest Park, died peacefully at Southwest Christian Care Hospice on Sunday morning, June 12, 2011. She was born on Sept. 13, 1924, in the Rock Creek community of Toccoa, Ga., to the late Rufus Fulton and Martha Isalee Crisp Keener, their fifth of seven children. She and her siblings grew up working and playing on their country farm and learning from their precious parents about faith in the Lord, and how to abide in His Grace. In December of 1946, she married Joshua Arnold Dooley, who recently predeceased her, after 64 years of loving partnership, most of those in the same home in Forest Park, where they nurtured their five lively children: Gail, Lynn, Julian, and twins Steven, and Sidney. They shepherded them into young adulthood. Following those happy years, came a long season of great testing as Julian, Steven, Sidney, and Lynn, in turn, struggled with, and eventually succumbed to, an extremely rare neurological disease. Gail joined them in Heaven many years later. Through it all, they held to their faith, trusting God and His Word, loving and praising their Lord. In addition to her husband and all five of her children, Mrs. Dooley was predeceased by three brothers, Doyle Keener, Jones Keener, and George Keener, and two sisters, Minnie Lou Hunter and Ella Ree Cobb. Mrs. Dooley was a lifelong homemaker, liberally gifted in domestic arts, showering all she knew and loved with homemade items, from cakes and pies, jellies and relishes, to embroidered and crocheted handwork. She taught a multitude of children how to swim and camp and enjoy her famous fried onion rings. She was FUN! She thrived outdoors, tending her cheerful, colorful yard, and vegetable garden, always sharing her bounty. The Dooleys were fixtures at Forest Park Presbyterian Church for many years before joining a group to charter Covenant Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville. They were active and engaged in their community, serving together in organizations such as Clayton Coouny Mental Health Association, Senior TRIAD, Forest Park Senior Center, Senior Olympics, and others. Most of all, they were friends to all who knew them, and produced many “spiritual offspring,” who refer to Mrs. Dooley as their “second mother.” She is survived by one sister, Lois K. Foster, of Macon, and by many deeply devoted nieces and nephews. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to Covenant Presbyterian Church, 819 Hwy 314, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214, (770) 460-9450, or Southwest Christian Care, 7225 Lester Rd., Union City, Ga. 30291, (770) 969-8354. Funeral Services will be held TODAY (Tuesday, June 14), at 11a.m.–– chapel service. The Rev. Tom Myers and the Rev. Jamie Lambert will officiate. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Thomas L. Scroggs Funeral Directors, Morrow, Ga., is in charge of arrangements, (770) 961-2828 .