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Virginia Mae Bates Kolle

December 3, 1925 — October 8, 2020

Virginia Mae Bates Kolle, 94, passed away on Thursday, October 8, 2020. Virginia was born in Kansas City, Kansas on December 3, 1925 to Valeta Violet Sealy Bates and Earl Howard Bates. 

She grew up in Dodge City, Kansas, graduated high school there, went on to attend the University of Kansas School of Nursing in Kansas City, Kansas and served as a member of the Cadet Nurses Corp during World War II. 

At the start of her nursing career she met and, after a short courtship, married Dr. Fred Wynne Kolle of Houston Texas on the 3rd of January 1947. In December of 1951 they moved to Wharton, Texas where Dr. Kolle practiced at Rugeley and Blassingame clinic and Gulf Coast Medical Center for 34 years until his untimely death in February of 1984.

During those years, Mrs. Kolle worked as troop leader of the Girl Scouts for 10 years, served on the Board of Child Protective Services for several years, helped organize and manage the free Well Baby Clinic, free Women’s Cancer screening at Wharton County Health Clinic and served as the designated Crisis Nurse for the American Red Cross. In 1970 she accepted a job as Wharton ISD District Nurse until 1992.

Dr. and Mrs. Kolle were very active with the welfare of children and upon his death helped start The Family Crisis Fund with the assistance of the Wharton community to meet the needs of families and children unmet elsewhere. 

In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bridge or any kind of games, loved to gamble and just have fun. 

In 1998, she was honored with the Annual Vocation Award for her ‘dedicated and loving service to the children of the Wharton community’ by the Rotary Club of Wharton. The same year she was awarded The Jean Harris Award by the President of Rotary International in Houston Texas. She was a founding member of the Wharton County Republican Party and card holding member of the Republican National Committee. Her greatest joy came from her children, grandchildren and great grands. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Fred, sister Pauline Bates Wheeler and brother Joseph Bates. 

She is survived by her daughters, Karol Latham and husband Gene of Bellville, Susan Marek and husband Terry of Wharton Mona Zaky Razzak of Baltimore, MD, son Steve Kolle and wife Dorothy of Teague and daughter Kitty Heath and husband Nigel of Grenada, West Indies. Grandchildren Carrie Callaway Gant and husband Tom, Captain Lewis Callaway (U.S.Navy), Christian VonDrehle and wife Kelly, Kelly VonDrehle-Morrison and husband Tyler, Cody VonDrehle and fiancé Hannah, Ann Pierce and husband Chris, Philip Marek and fiancé Nita, David White and wife Monique and Joseph White. Great Grandchildren Jacob Rachel and David Gant, Addison and Elizabeth Callaway, Eli and William VonDrehle, Claire and Charles Pierce, Samuel Kolle White and Araya White. Great, Great Grandchild Brett Ferguson. 



Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at 1:00 pmat Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Reverend Debbie Cenko officiating. 


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Bates Kolle Scholarship Fund establishing a nursing scholarship at Wharton County

Junior College at

or to a children’s charity or hospital of your choice. 


Funeral services are under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.

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