On Thursday, February 20, 2014, Janet Olson passed away to begin her next journey. At the age of 93, she lived a very long and fulfilling life. She will be remembered for having an immensely kind heart, a tranquil temperament and her willingness to help others. |
Janet was born on January 5, 1921, in Denver, Colorado, where she grew up and would live there until she started a family of her own. She had three children, daughter, Berrie, and two boys, Paul and Julian. She quickly became the favorite mom in their neighborhood, always having a house full of kids and remembering what each one liked to eat and drink for snacks.
She spent her days maintaining the house and getting the kids off to school. It was like the TV show "Leave It To Beaver". But, she couldn't keep at bay her love for the outdoors. Janet would often accompany the men on their hunting and fishing trips, sometimes being the only one to bring home the big prize – which would give her the spotlight in the local newspaper. Janet was a devoted mother who loved her family, the outdoors and animals.
On February 14, 2000, Janet would have a date with her soon to be husband, Gil Olson. They would marry the following month and spent the next 14 years together. Gil was a true Marine having fought in one of the biggest battles in the Korean War. Janet and Gil would often visit the local Marine base in the San Diego area where they lived. They had a beautiful home in Rancho Bernardo outside of San Diego. Gil was a devoted husband to Janet and continued to be there with her in her final days, making sure she had his love and care. Janet knew she was loved by all in her last days, and could count on Gil for all her needs.
As we all wear heavy hearts we need to be comforted that she was welcomed with the open arms of her loved ones that previously passed: daughter, Berrie; grandson, Bradley; and son, Julian. She is survived by her husband, Gil; son, Paul; son-in-law, Bud; and grandchildren, Rachel, James and John.
Published in the Pomerado News on Mar. 13, 2014