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Kansas City Funeral Directors, Inc
4880 Shawnee Drive
Kansas City, KS 66106
913-262-6310
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Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019
2:00 PM
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church
4501 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO
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Joan S. Olsen Joan Margaret Sheppard Olsen, 91, of Prairie Village, KS passed away Friday January 4, 2019 from heart failure. Memorial Service at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 27, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., KC, MO. In lieu of flowers, she suggested contributions to Growing Futures Early Education Center, 8155 Santa Fe Drive, Overland Park, KS 66204 or the church. She was born in Detroit, MI to H. John & Margaret A. Naysmith Sheppard, graduating from Royal Oak HS & the University of Michigan with an AB in Education. In 1955, she met & married attorney Robert B. Olsen (deceased). They moved first from MI to KC, MO, then to Prairie Village in 1960, raising son Douglas J. Olsen (Denver, CO) & daughter Deborah E. Olsen Martin (Lenexa, KS). Joan's educational & professional passion was the development of young children. She taught preschool in MI, then at Sunset Hill School, KC, MO & later was Director of Bristol Hill Preschool, KC, KS. She also developed preschool programs, most notably as Co-Founder (1965), 1st President and long time Board Member of Children's Educational Enrichment Services of Johnson County (AKA Head Start of Shawnee Mission), renamed Growing Futures in 2015. After achieving advanced degrees in Counseling & Guidance from UMKC (M.A. 1976, Educational Specialist 1982), she began a 2nd career in counseling, primarily for the KCMSD at Volker Elementary School, until her retirement in 1994. Joan enjoyed a lifetime of learning and shared friendships. She was an active member of the League of Women Voters of Johnson Co. for 58 years, dedicated to All Souls for 42 years, a world traveler to 5 continents and a patron of the visual & performing arts. Post-retirement she was a member of the Women's Committee for the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance for 20 years and a volunteer usher for the Folly Theater, KC Symphony & Lyric Opera. She is survived by her children, son-in-law Dr. Philip H. Martin, grandchildren Rebecca M. Martin & Alexander J. Martin. KC Funeral Directors 913-262-6310
Published in Kansas City Star on Jan. 13, 2019
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