Fayette County last week lost the woman who was arguably the county’s oldest resident. Frances M. Kolts passed away Oct. 28 at the age of 107.
Kolts’ daughter ”Reenie” Sullivan said her mother was a person who was always optimistic and always saw the good in people.
A Peachtree City resident for the past 10 years, Ms. Kolts moved to the city to be close to her daughter and son-in-law and to her grandchildren who live in Marietta, Sullivan said.
Frances Kolts grew up in Hoboken, N.J. where her father was a steamboat captain in the New York harbor. She graduated from business school and worked for a stockbroker on Wall Street in New York City, Sullivan said. Later she was a partner and office manager with her husband, Harvey Kolts, in Kolts Electric Supply Company in Kingston, N.Y.
After the move to Peachtree City, she was a volunteer at Piedmont Fayette Hospital when it opened, a volunteer at The Gathering Place and the Pioneer Club, was active in the “Holy Folders” of Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church and was a lifelong member of Eastern Star, said Sullivan.
Kolts lived with her daughter and son-in-law until 2010 when she moved to the Heritage of Peachtree. As her health declined she moved to Southland Nursing Home. Sullivan said her mother passed away peacefully on Oct. 28.
“She was blessing to us and she was a fabulous grandmother,” Sullivan said, noting that her mother was active and lucid until her passing. “She was interested in others and she made people feel good. She was bright and active and everybody loved her.”
Kolts was preceded in death by her husband Harvey S. Kolts and brother Norman Spinneweber. She is survived by her daughter Irene “Reenie” (Francis) Sullivan of Peachtree City; grandchildren Daniel (Joana) Sullivan of East Norrington, Penn., Timothy (Debbie) Sullivan of Marietta, Kenneth (Elaine) Sullivan of Newtown, Conn., Francis “Frank” (Megan) Sullivan, III of Marietta and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Nov. 14 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ our Shepherd Lutheran Church in Peachtree City with refreshments to follow. The burial will be in Kingston, N.Y. at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ our Shepherd Lutheran Church.