It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Evelyn Elizabeth Olsen on January 14, 2014 with her family by her side.
She will be forever loved and missed by her husband of 63 years, Magnus, her children; Lorraine Hauser (Rod), Wayne Olsen (Rita), Shelley Drake (Bill), Randy Olsen. Honorary Wayne D & Lorallyne. E. Special nephew Vince Olsen (Mary) who mom loved as her own. Numerous nieces and nephews, grandchildren; Shaun and Dietrich Hauser, Amber Ericcson, Lisa (Glen), Amy, Meghan (Will), Jenna Tulak, Tyler (Jen) and Tina Desjardine, Bobbe-Jo, Taylor and Brooke Drake plus 12 great grandchildren.
Evelyn was predeceased by her parents, one sister, three brothers, baby granddaughter Wendy and daughter Marlene.
Evelyn was a dedicated stay at home wife and mother, who was always canning, baking and pickling. She loved and cherished her time spent with grandchildren and great grandchildren, filling numerous photo albums over the years as well as frames of memories all over the house.
Evelyn was born in Wawanesa, Manitoba and came to Golden, BC when she was 12. In 1947 at the age of 15 she moved to Salmon Arm and waitressed briefly in the Tom Middleton Café on Alexander. From there she went to Oyama where she worked in the fruit packing houses with her sister Viola. She returned to Golden where she met and was wooed with candy sweet-hearts, the love of her life Magnus Olsen. She was told she couldn’t marry until she was 18, they wed on her 18th birthday in 1950. Mom had her 3 older children in Golden but longed to be back in the Shuswap. They returned to Salmon Arm in 1957 and there they remained, 2 more children were born thereafter. Mom always said she had a good life, albeit difficult at times but she had no regrets.
A memorial tea for Evelyn will be held on Saturday February 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. from the Bowers Funeral Chapel, Salmon Arm.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the Food Bank which mom always did or to The Variety Club Telethon which was dear to her.
The family would like to thank the many people who lent their care, love and support to us in the last 5 months, numerous home care-aids, respite- Sherry and Elaine, home care nurse; Jill, staff at Bastion Place. One huge blessing for Charlotte, you will always be in our hearts.
Rest in peace mom-until we meet again.
Online condolences may be sent through Evelyn’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Service, Salmon Arm, BC