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Elizabeth Olson
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Elizabeth Emma Olsen Olson, 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Oak Valley Care Center in Oakdale on Saturday, Jan. 17.

She was born in San Francisco on Sept. 13, to Thomas Olsen and Emma Kamm Olsen. She moved with her family to Escalon in 1916, where she attended school and graduated from Escalon Union High School in 1928. She graduated from Humprey's Business College in Stockton in 1930, where she majored in stenography. She was a secretary for seven years at Ross Collection Agency in Stockton.

She married Carl Olson in 1938, who was killed in a construction accident in 1944. As a result, she raised two young daughters on her own.

Mrs. Olson did various jobs over the years in Escalon, including assistant librarian and swimming pool cashier. She provided child care for several families in the area. She was very active in her church, Trinity Church (Assembly of God), where she taught Sunday School and Children's Church. She also served as church treasurer for about 20 years.

Active in the community, she belonged to AARP, Lora La Manse WCTU, the Escalon Historical Society, the Escalon Friends of the Library, and the Senior Lunch Program. She held various offices in these organizations, including secretary, and she was the Sunshine Chairman for many of them. For many years, she went door to door selling AARP Community Calendars to raise scholarship money. She spent her free time quilting, cooking, doing puzzles, and she was an avid reader.

She was an ethical, generous, compassionate and caring person who adored her family.

Survivors include her daughters, Marilyn De Ruosi and Carlene Hawkins; her grandchildren, Kevin Hawkins, Marc Hawkins, Danielle Pisors, and Janelle De Ruosi Philbrook; her great-grandchildren, Sydney Pisors and Cy Pisors; and her two siblings, Otto Olsen and Dorothy Beckwith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Olson and brothers, Thomas T. Olsen, Second LT USMC, and Ewald F. Olsen, PFC USA.

Services were Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church, 1906 California St., Escalon, with the burial to follow at Burwood Cemetery, 28320 River Road, Escalon.

Deegan Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Church, 1906 California St., Escalon, CA 95320 or Escalon Community Ambulance, P. O. Box 212, Escalon, CA 95320.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Jan. 28, 2009