Barbara A. Olcott
May 10, 1937-Aug. 26, 2011 TICONDEROGA — Barbara A. Olcott, 74, of Outlet Drive, Ticonderoga, passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 26, 2011, at St. Peter's Hospital in Albany, following a short illness. She was born in Tupper Lake May 10, 1937, the daughter of Raymond and Dora (Oshier) LaBounty. While a young girl, the family moved to Ticonderoga, where she attended Ticonderoga Central School. Of French Canadian descent, Barbara would always tell it like it was. Her uncle affectionately nicknamed her “Barbed Wire” because of her grit. Over the years, she enjoyed a variety of pastimes. Many area people have either an afghan or sweater that she knitted or crocheted. Puzzles, games, cards and bowling kept her busy, but dancing was her passion. To see her and a partner do a jitterbug was like watching poetry in motion. On many occasions, she cleared the dance floor. In 1986, she suffered a stroke which was to be life altering. With great determination, she worked to overcome her disabilities to be self-sufficient and live alone. On any given day, she could be seen riding around town on her canopied scooter, stopping to visit people along her way. There are many facets to one’s personality and some are never shared. Quietly saying her rosary every night and donating personal possessions to the Mission in Rutland, Vt. These items are sold and money is used to feed and shelter the homeless and aid veterans. Her latest concern was for Calico, a twice abandoned cat that lives in the brush on nearby property. Each day she would set out on her scooter to put food out for the cat. Her family around and hours left to live, with great difficulty, she asked, “Are you feeding Calico for me?” She was pre-deceased by her parents and her brother, Thomas LaBounty. Barbara is survived by her four children, Donald J. Olcott of Ticonderoga, Gary L. Olcott and his wife Lori of Ticonderoga, Debi Clegg and her husband Gary of Knoxville, Tenn., and Diane Devens of Putnam Valley; her sister, Betty Whitford of Westport and her brother, Richard LaBounty of Ticonderoga. She is also survived by eight grandchildren. At her request, there will be no calling hours. A Memorial Mass was celebrated on Friday, Sept. 2, 201,1 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church of Ticonderoga. The Rev. Kevin McEwan, pastor, officiated. The Rite of Committal will follow at the family plot of St. Mary's Parish Cemetery of Ticonderoga. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wilcox & Regan Funeral Home of Ticonderoga. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Ticonderoga Emergency Squad, 8 Depot Street, Ticonderoga 12883.
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