CONCORD On Tuesday, July 9, 2019, Marjorie "Jody" Josephine Kolaya passed away quietly at home at the age of 89 after battling Alzheimer's Disease and lung cancer. Jody was born Nov. 7, 1929, in Owensboro, Ky., to Lee and Anice Bartlett. Jody lived briefly in Alaska before moving to California, where she met her husband, Tony, while he was serving in the Marine Corps. Together, they lived in Texas, Florida and Colorado, before settling in North Carolina. They were happily married 43 years. She may be best remembered for the 17 years she spent working at Handy Pantry on Branchview and Derita. After retiring, Jody helped run Exotic Animal Rescue of NC with two of her daughters, nursing back to health animals ranging from lion cubs, birds of prey, llamas, and once, a bear cat, in addition to the many dogs that they fostered, adopted, rescued, and helped. She especially loved her two tortoises. Jody was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Kolaya; and sister, Mary Saalwaechter. She is survived by three daughters, Linda, Debra, Michelle; three grandchildren, Anthony, Heather, Rachel; five great-grandchildren, Justice, Caelan, Hunter, Cailey, Khloe; and her niece, Marion. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Mt. Pleasant Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 1076, Mt. Pleasant, NC, 28124; or the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, Condolences may be left at

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