Betty Olson

Memorial service for Betty Olson, 88, Lawrence will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 28, 2013 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.  Entombment has taken place at the Memorial Park Mausoleum.  She died November 25, 2012 at Brandon Woods.  

Betty was born on May 12, 1924 in Anacortes, Washington, the daughter of Joseph Carl and Ella (Gee) Pratt.  

She married Orrin M. Olson on May 8, 1942 in Seattle, Washington.  He preceded her in death on December 25, 1995.  

Betty was a receptionist at the Lawrence Beauty School and Do’s Deluxe Hair Salon.  She retired from Weaver’s Department Store.  Betty was a member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary since 1963 and the 8/40 of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1970.  She was a longtime Chaplain of both organizations.  

Survivors include daughter, Carol (Olson) Gardinier Winters, Lawrence; son, Marty Olson, Lawrence and partner, Steve Fendt, Tulsa, Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Donna Sprague, Seattle, Washington; granddaughter, Nicole Little and two great-grandchildren, Graham and Paige Little, all of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Walter Sprague, son-in-law, Scott Winters and grandson, Jeffrey Gardinier.    

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Trinity Lutheran Church, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 14 for the Children and Youth Program or Lawrence Humane Society  and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

16 Condolences

  1. Linda Lester on November 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Marty, So sorry for your loss, Betty was so special….
    Linda Lester

  2. Karen Salisbury Henry on November 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

    Marty, I will miss her so much. She was a friend.

  3. Vicki Julian on November 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to family members. Betty was such a sweetheart and we loved having her as a part of the Trinity singles group. I remember her always being positive and she loved working in Marty’s salon! We should all have Betty’s zest for life. We will miss her.

  4. Wynne Goff Brochu on November 27, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Carol, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  5. Nora Oakson on November 27, 2012 at 11:22 am

    So sorry for the loss of such a fabulous mom and friend. I’ll miss seeing her when I visit Do’s Deluxe!

  6. Carrie Cooper on November 27, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    Betty was a lovely lady with an awesome sense of humor. She was the receptionist when I attended Hairbenders. We had lots of fun with her. Rest well, Betty.

  7. Missy McCoy on November 27, 2012 at 2:44 pm

    Marty, your mom was so fun to visit with at Do’s. What a nice, nice lady! I miss her already. You are very much in my thoughts; I’m so very sorry for your loss. Missy McCoy

  8. Kylee Manahan on November 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Sweet Marty, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Robert M. Still Jr. on November 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Former neighbor that was always so friendly. My thoughts and prayers to you and family.

  10. Tom Ballew on November 29, 2012 at 11:51 am

    It was always a pleasure to share Betty’s company. I will miss her, and i know many others will too.

  11. Greg Meinhardt on November 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Marty, our heart-felt sympathy to you and your family for your loss. Betty’s good cheer will be dearly missed; yet appreciated again through the joy you bring to so many. Our thoughts and love are with you.

  12. Michele Bergman on November 29, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    Oh, Marty, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. She was just the sweetest thing. I’m thinking of you . Michele

  13. Cheryl Sprague/Kendrick on January 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    I loved Aunt Betty and am so glad we got to hang out the past few years, she was always so accepting of me and had such a great sense of humor. I will miss her. We all send our love to both Marty and Carol xoxo

  14. Steve Wilson on January 28, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Nancy and I are making a donation to the Lawrence Humane Society in Betty’s memory. Thinking of you today.

  15. Rod Oelschlager on January 28, 2013 at 11:22 am

    My most sincere sympathy on your loss. Betty was a lovely person and we will all miss her.

  16. GEORGE & ELLEN IRWIN on February 5, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    Just seen the sad news…we’re having our 50th anniv. this summer and she came into my mind as how her & Orrin filled our lives for so many years at Hair Benders.
    Our love and prayers for all the family.

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