Lillian Olson

Funeral services for Lillian Marie Olson, 86, Lawrence, KS will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 1, 2011 at the Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence, KS.  Burial will be in the Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum in Lawrence.  She died on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

She was born on February 11, 1925 in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Glen and Amy Joy Ellis. She had lived in Lawrence since 1940.

Lillian was a retired waitress and had worked at the Mission Inn, Duckwall’s, Raney Drugs and Dairy Queen.  She retired in 1975.

She was married to Arthur J. Olson on May 7, 1955 in Lawrence, KS.  He preceded her in death on November 14, 2003.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Stevens, of Baldwin City, KS; Peggy Hooper and husband Jim, of Lawrence, KS, and their children Sheila and Stephanie; Donna Handel and husband Gary, of Reeds Spring, MO, and their children, Bob, John, and Jen; a brother, Kenneth Janeway, of Texas; ten great grandchildren, several step grandchildren and several step great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 3 sisters and a great grandson

The family will receive family and friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

The family suggests memorials in her name to the American Cancer Society, and they may be sent in care of the mortuary.

7 Condolences

  1. Shirley Bove on August 29, 2011 at 7:49 am

    It is so hard to lose your mom, we are thinking of all of you in your sorrow. Her obituary is very nice, she will be missed by so many people that loved her.

  2. Lynda Nye on August 29, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Donna, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Gary and the kids as you mourn for your mother.
    With much love and sympathy,
    Lynda, Warren, Peter and Jenny

  3. Ed and Pat on August 29, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    Donna and family,
    We are so sad about Lillians’ passing. She was a sweetheart and always a lot of fun. We know the sadness you are experiencing and hope that you will see her as safe and sound and free of pain in the arms of our heavenly Father.
    Our thoughts and prayers are there for you.
    Ed and Pat

  4. Barb and Sam on August 29, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Well, you know how I enjoyed your Mom. We are thinking of you and the “good memories”. Know we will be there in spirit for you all. God Bless, Barb & Sam

  5. Peggy & Stan Mathes on August 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

    To the family of Lillian Olson:

    Sorry to hear of Lillian’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was a blessing that she didn’t have to suffer too long. We celebrate with you the special memories of her life.

    With Love, Peggy & Stan

  6. Vic Janeway on August 30, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    She was a Great Aunt, always straight and fair with us kids. I truly loved the way she teased us. Common sense abounded in this lady, helping all of us family or friends! Love and miss her!

  7. Bev Bolton on September 2, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Sorry, I am traveling and missed you all. Sheri just emailed me. I wanted you to know how much I loved Lillian. She was the bright spot in my mornings at PC. She never missed coffee and was always willing to help me get the newsletter out or whatever I needed. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Bev

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