NORMAL - Ola Marie Bundy, 70, of 186 ManorCare, 510 Broadway, Normal, died at 3:15 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 18, 2006) at ManorCare Health Services, Normal.
Ola was born Aug. 4, 1935, in Allerton, to Ervin Stanley and Marie Magdelena Rohl Bundy. They preceded her in death as well as her infant sister, Alma Jean.
She is survived by two brothers, Stanley Eugene (Jan) Bundy, Champaign, and Ervin Caleb (Diane) Bundy, Savoy; two sisters Dr. Janet Kjestene Bundy, Houston, Texas, and Esther Yvonne (Larry) Lutz, Fisher, and many close nieces and nephews as well as many wonderful friends.
Ola was born on a farm in Allerton, where she attended Allerton Grade School, graduated from Champaign High School and the University of Illinois. Ola taught at the high school level at Grant Park, Lansing, TF-South, and Champaign before joining the Illinois High School Association.
Ola was an assistant executive director at the Illinois High School Association from Aug. 1, 1967, until her retirement, June 30, 1996. She was known as the pioneer of girls' interscholastic activities in Illinois and throughout the nation. She led the development of girls' interscholastic sports in Illinois. She not only created opportunities for girls, but also worked hard to protect those opportunities.
She was the first person inducted into the Illinois Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame, was a member of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame, a member of the Golf Coaches Association Hall of Fame and a member of Champaign Central High School's Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the National Federation Hall of Fame in 1996 for her national leadership in the rise of girls interscholastic athletic programs. She also received special recognition for her work from the Illinois Swimming Association, Illinois High School Girls Gymnastics Coaches Association, United States Volleyball Association, the Illinois State board of Education and the National Association for Girls and Women's Sports. She also served on the U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball Committee for the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games. In addition, Ola was awarded the U of I Letter “I” for her participation on University of Illinois athletic teams. And locally, she received the prestigious Woman of Distinction in education award.
Ola enjoyed working with the schools and student-athletes. She took great pride in providing equitable opportunities for the boys and girls sports programs in Illinois. She was a great leader and role model.
Ola enjoyed retirement. She loved to travel, read, play golf, work crossword and sudoku puzzles and visit with family and friends. In addition, Ola was a vocal supporter of IHSA, ISU, U of I and Cubs sports events. Ola will be sorely missed by those who loved her. She was a beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend.
She was a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist, P.O. Box 1362 Bloomington, IL, 61702; and the Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, 175 Huntington, Av., A-10, Dept. W, Boston, Mass, 02115. In lieu of flowers, memorials will either be appreciated or to any charity of the donor's choice.
A memorial service will be planned for the near future. East Lawn Funeral Home, Bloomington, is in charge of arrangements.