Carol Martin Olson, 71, of Owings Mills, died Friday, April 30, 2010, in a snorkeling accident in Freeport, Grand Bahamas, Bahamas, while on a cruise. Born Aug. 13, 1938, in Folcroft, Pa., she was the daughter of Richard "Roy" and Emily Martin. She was the wife of Dr. Harry A. Olson, She resided in the Beckett Green Community. She graduated from Sharon Hill High School in 1956, and from the executive secretary program at Goldey-Beacom College in Wilmington, Del., in 1958. She held several positions over the years, first as secretary to the president of FMC Corporation and then as office manager and supervisor. She managed her husband's company, Maximum Potential Inc., since its founding in the late 1970s. For more than 30 years, she had been active in her local congregation at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reisterstown. She sang in the choir and praise team, was Sunday school teacher for high school youth, conformation coordinator and program developer, started the Kids' Club, served as a wedding hostess and coordinated Seniors On The Move!. She also served as president of the church council. At the Synod wide level, she held many offices, designed and managed programs, activities and retreats for the Maryland Synod Women of the ELCA, serving twice as the group's president. In recent years she also served on the board of directors of the volunteer service arm of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans in this region. Just this year, she assumed the new role of Thrivent's coordinator of congregational advocates. She founded a local Red Hat Chapter called "Lydia's Lids." Surviving are a son, David Barclay Olson; a sister, Bonnie Lee Cupples; and a grandson, Rain. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main St., Reisterstown. Memorial contributions may be sent to Trinity Lutheran Church, 109 Main St., Reisterstown, MD 21136. Online condolences may be offered at www.eckhardtfuneralchapel.com. Sign this guest book at www.carrollcountytimes.com.
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Published in Carroll County Times on May 5, 2010