Olga Jean (Bullock) Mote

Olga Jean Bullock Mote died October 18, 2018 in San Diego, Calif. at the age of 91.

The daughter of ranchers, Robert and Evolyn Bullock of Newcastle, Olga was born on Jan. 25, 1927. As a girl, Olga attended Stamps-Baxter Music School and along with three of her five sisters, Frances, Wynell, and Joy, comprised “The Bullock Sisters,” a popular singing group who appeared on the radio, most notably KWFT in Wichita Falls and nationally on Gene Autry's Melody Ranch. Olga graduated from Newcastle High School in 1944 as Salutatorian.

Days later, at the age of 17, Olga departed Young County for San Diego to join her husband, Billy Donald Mote, who had left the area months before to find work in the California shipyards during World War II. The two had married in secret the previous December so Olga could finish her senior year of high school. They remained married and inseparable until his death at the age of 94 earlier this year.

Upon arriving in San Diego, Olga worked in the aircraft industry for many years. But after giving birth to her third child, she returned to school at the age of 33 to earn her teaching credential from San Diego State College (now San Diego State University) in 1965. Upon graduation she taught gifted students at Briar Patch Elementary school in the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District before moving on to teach music and 7th-8th grade gifted students at Palm Junior High School in the Lemon Grove School District. She is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 1990.

We would be totally remiss if we didn't mention that Olga loved the color red. Absolutely, absolutely loved it. Olga is survived by two of her sisters, Frances Daigle of Newcastle, and Joy Crawford of Pensacola, Fla., her daughter Linda, sons Brent and Kevin, seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Services are pending.

Mother, daughter, wife, sister, grandmother, great grandmother - Olga will be missed.


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