Jill Moorshead Olson(1938 - 2014)

Jill Moorshead Olson, 75, passed away comfortably with her family by her side on Wednesday, January 15, 2014.

Born on May 24, 1938 in Evanston Hospital, Evanston, IL. Parents: Helen Moorshead Ridley, Randolph Courtney Moorshead and step-father Perc Ridley. She is survived by husband, Dr. Neiland R. Olson; sister, Meredith Moorshead Mason, step-sister Jan Ridley Pieper and step-brother Jim Ridley; children Christine Olson Hendren (Jim), Neil Courtney Olson (Carol); grandchildren, Jay Hendren, Neil Hendren, Laura Olson and Kathryn Olson.

Jill attended Oak Park High School in Oak Park, IL and was graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL where she majored in Speech and Communications. She married Neil on June 11, 1960 and moved to Colorado Springs in 1967. She was involved with Civic Theater and Children's Theater at the Fine Arts Center. She directed the MASH Bash for the El Paso County Medical Society for many years and was an active golfer at the Broadmoor Golf Club, One of her favorite winter activities was downhill skiing. She was a ski instructor, an amateur racer in the Masters Downhill Ski Program where she competed in the slalom, giant slalom and downhill events. She was champion in all three events for three consecutive years in the mid-seventies. She enjoyed scuba diving, was an instrument rated pilot, played tennis, was a bird-enthusiast and dog-lover. She was also active in the Junior League, Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and interviewed and recruited candidates for Northwestern University in Colorado Springs. Many people said she energized a room when she entered.

A private family-only service will be followed by a memorial reception at the Broadmoor Golf Club on Sunday, January 26 from 2:00-5:00.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to:

American Brittany Rescue; www.americanbrittanyrescue.org

Safe Harbor Lab Rescue; www.safeharborlabrescue.org

Published in The Gazette on Jan. 22, 2014