Ollie Mae Pollard, beloved daughter of the late Ernest Chew and Cleametine Aytch was born April 18, 1935, on Newtown Road in Chester, Maryland. She entered heavenly rest on November 8, 2018 at Anne Arundel Medical Center, Annapolis, MD. She was 83 years old.
Mae, as she was affectionately known to many, was educated in the Queen Anne’s County Public School System. Ollie worked for several years in the catering business. From there she ventured into the seafood industry, finally ending her career with the job she most admired, School Bus driver for the Queen Anne’s County Public School System. How ironic her work career would end where her formal school years began.
Ollie was united in Holy matrimony in 1960 to the late Henry Coleman Pollard. Their union was blessed with six children and a surrogate son Gregory Watkins (Bronco). Ollie was a faithful member of NEW United Methodist Church. She was a dedicated usher until health issues hindered her. Her support of the church continued by serving as Communion Stewart and as a member of the United Methodist Women. Ollie embraced God's love in such a way that it showed through her unbound praise, faith and worship. God’s grace and mercy was truly upon Ollie’s life.
Ollie’s greatest love was listening to her music. At any given time, her home would be filled with the melodic sounds of her gospel, rhythm and blues, or jazz. She truly loved HER “Baltimore Ravens” and didn’t hesitate to flaunt her Raven paraphernalia in the faces of her cousin, James Fisher (Toad) and niece, Paulette to perpetuate the rivalry with these Redskin fans. She enjoyed playing cards and loved nothing better than gathering friends and family to partake in a good spades, pinochle or bid whist game. She was renowned for her crab cakes and the secret fish batter that was only divulged to a select few. She was an avid traveler who enjoyed visiting family and friends whether it was her sons across the country or the Golden Girls down the street.
Ollie was preceded in death by her husband Henry, her parents, 2 sons: Theodore Pollard and Gregory Watkins; 1 Sister Ida Jones, 3 brothers: Holton Aytch, George Jones and Ernest Chew; and 1 son-in-law Dean Carter.
She leaves to cherish her memory, 5 children: Ricky (Shirley) of Wichita, KS; Henry, Jr (Pinchy) of Chester; Lamont of Stevensville; Sandra Carter of Grasonville, and Jeffery (Jennifer) of Wichita, KS; 2 daughters in law: Wilmetta Pollard and Pamela Watkins; 30 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 1 sister Iris Jones-Wright; 2 sisters-in-law Patsy Jones and Marlene Pollard; 1 Aunt, Australia Wilson; a daughter-like niece, Paulette Jones; her extended Jones family; a host of nieces, nephews and a special group of ladies known as the “Golden Girls”.