It is with absolute broken hearts we announce the passing of our mother, Hazel Verna Olson (Bonnie), nee Lindstrom. Mom was born in Athabasca, Alberta on April 16, 1931. She passed away August 9, 2016 at CDH with her four daughters by her side. Mom was predeceased by her loving husband, Joseph Arnold Olson.
As a girl, mom’s family moved to Vancouver Island where she eventually met our dad. They settled in Duncan and raised four country girls. Poor dad was grey before his time!
Our mom helped us become the women we are today. She was a proud and classy lady who taught us strong values and the importance of family. She loved crafting, gardening, canning and quilting. With her love of games, we frequently joked about her ability to be a “high diver”! To our surprise mom became tech savvy using a tablet to play games remotely and communicate with family. Mom had such a great sense of humour, which she maintained right up until the very end. Always concerned about our well-being mom said “I don’t want you to cry, I’m okay, I’ve lived a good life”.
Left to mourn are Janice, Karen and Butch, Joanne and Pat, Glenda and Larry. She leaves a legacy of 8 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren who all love their “Gramma O“ dearly. She is survived by her brothers and sisters; Ron, Leona (Bill), Donna (Wilf), Terry (Sue), Patricia (Vern) and her sister-in-law Jackie. Mom is predeceased by her father Eric, mother Leah, stepfather William and her brother Glenn.
Our heartfelt thanks go out to Dr. J. Malherbe, Dr. M. Scott Ehle and the compassionate nurses at CDH 2-South for helping mom and “her girls” through this difficult time, it was truly appreciated. We would also like to give special thanks to Cathy, mom’s nurse from LifeLabs.
“Grieve not, nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk of me as if I were beside you. I loved you so.”
As requested by mom, there will be no service. Donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Flowers gratefully declined.