Kelly Claire Olson(2006-2013)

Kelly Claire Olson died peacefully with her parents at her side on March 4, 2013 at 2:50 p.m. at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, Vermont.
Kelly was born April 20, 2006 in Randolph, Vermont the daughter of Amy A. Roberts and Christopher W. Olson, and sister of loving and caring Isabel A. Olson and loving and caring Fairley B. Olson.
Kelly Claire is a famous luminary in the classrooms and hallways of the Mary Hogan School in Middlebury, Vermont - one of her favorite places to be. There she was learning to see and to listen, to have a voice and to be heard - and to make thoughtful choices, to care for and about her classmates, and to bring love and hope to every moment - this was her gift to everyone she met everywhere she went. She was also a little bit rowdy but almost always settled down when gently reminded. Kelly loved school - her classmates and her team of awesome professionals and competent educators. Kelly had a very special friend and mentor at the school in Bettee Labeau - who lovingly attended to Kelly's needs, many of her wants, and who nurtured Kelly's love for learning and for social interaction. Kelly also loved to ride the bus - an important part of her school day. Kelly was also cared for regularly at home by an amazing group of Personal Care Attendants - each always bringing something special into her day and into the lives of Kelly's entire family - another gift to each of us from Kelly.
Kelly's life was too short for each and all of us but she filled every one of her days with a bright smile, love, giggle-laughs, and the desire to make profound connections with everyone she met. What an amazing way of living life!
Kelly is lovingly remembered at home by her mother, father, two sisters, Boomer the dog, and S'more the hamster. Kelly is also remembered by grandparents Eugene and Brier Roberts of Wayland, MA, and grandparents John and Suzanne Olson of Rochester, New York; Aunt Linda and David Williams of Vermont, Uncle Eric and Naomi Olson of Massachusetts, Aunt Sarah and Theodore Kyros of Massachusetts, Aunt Lisa Olson and Lyman Page of New Jersey, Aunt Claire Olson and Charles Kellum of New York, Uncle Jeffrey Roberts of Texas, and numerous cousins. Kelly is also remembered by a legion of friends, admirers, and by dancers all around the world with their hands up in the air - amazing!
A Celebration of Kelly's Life will be held on Saturday April 20th, 2013 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Chris and Amy's home on South Munger Street (follow the balloons). Donations in her memory may be made to Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, PO Box 139, Killington, VT 05751.
The First Annual Kelly Claire 5K, 1 mile Run/Walk will be held on Sunday April 21st, 2013 at 9am beginning at the Middlebury College track in Middlebury. For more information search on Facebook for the name 'The Kelly Claire 5k, 1 mile run/walk' or contact nwilkers@middlebury.edu

Published in The Manchester Journal on Mar. 15, 2013