Hannah Margaret Olson (1998 - 2013)

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Hannah Margaret Olson
9/19/1998 - 1/5/2013

Hannah Margaret Olson, resident of Auburn California, took her life at home on January 5, 2013 at the age of 14 years old.
Hannah was born on September 19, 1998 in Folsom California, and she lived in the Auburn area for the entirety of her short life. Hannah was a student at Calvary Christian School in Auburn, Franklin Elementary, Skyridge Elementary, E.V. Cain and was a Freshman at Del Oro High School when she left us.
Hannah was gifted in many ways beyond her years. She worked her way up to a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, was an insightful writer, and a self taught artist. Hannah was also a gifted and talented student; as an example, in 2010 she won 2nd place in Biological Sciences – Junior Division, Sacramento Science & Engineer Fair. She was baptized, confirmed and active in her church, and did her best to live her faith. Above all else, Hannah loved to make people laugh and smile, bringing light into every room she entered, and truly loved and cared for every person she met.
Hannah, however, did have within her, a place of sadness that no amount of loving family, friends, counseling help, or medication could reach. She took her life impulsively, without any indication of her intent.
Hannah is survived by her mother, Julia Coburn of Rocklin; her father, Amos Olson and her step-mother, Karen Brown of Auburn; her brother, Adam Olson of the home; her grandmother, Carol Wilson of Denver; her grandparents, Larry and Norma Olson of Heyburn, Idaho; step-grandparents, Kay and Roger Brown of San Diego, Calif.; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Anthony Coburn.
The funeral service for Hannah will be at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1279 High Street, Auburn Calif., this Friday the 11th, at 3:30 pm. Everyone who loved Hannah is welcome to attend. Light refreshments and a time to gather and reflect will immediately follow the service.
At the family's request, and as Hannah would have wanted it, please do not send flowers and these kinds of gifts as outward signs that are intended to comfort. Though we appreciate the sentiment and gesture, Hannah was not a "fru fru" kind of girl. Rather, she loved the planet, was concerned about how we care for its finite resources, and about how we care for each other. So, if you want to express your love, please send a gift to the Auburn Boys and Girls Club, to a wildlife or land preservation group, or anything that you feel specifically helps our planet and its people. Above all, she would want you to be kind to everyone.
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers on Jan. 9, 2013