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Elsie Maxine Olson


January 3, 1922 ~ April 14, 2009


Maxine Olson was born in Medford, Oklahoma, January 3, 1922 to Euin and Etta Rogers. She attended Caldwell public schools and graduated in 1939. She completed a course of study at Wichita Business College.

Maxine married John W. (Jack) Olson September 17, 1941 in Caldwell. They had three children Diana Kay (1944), Roger William (1945), and Dean Alan (1949).

She was preceded in death by her parents Euin and Etta Rogers, two brothers Wiley and Clifford, husband Jack, and great-grandson Timothy Thompson. She is survived by children Diana and Jerry Enns, full time RV’ers; Roger and Paula Olson of Wichita, KS; Dean and Lila Olson of Robbinsdale, MN, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Jack and Maxine made their home in Caldwell since 1947. Many of her working years were spent as a cashier for Western Power and Light. She was active in BPW, Eastern Star, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and Central Christian Church. In 1978, she was forced to take early retirement to battle breast cancer. Maxine eventually won that battle and lived cancer free for more than 25 years.

In November of 2008, Maxine became ill with pneumonia, at which time doctors detected a recurrence of cancer. She entered hospice care in January and had been living in Riverside Village in Wichita. Maxine eagerly awaited her ultimate cure from cancer and passed into the care of her beloved Lord and Savior on April 14, 2009. Her gentle spirit, her humor, her wisdom and steadfast loyalty will be remembered.

Friends may call at the mortuary from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2009 and 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2009.

Memorials may be given in Maxine's name to the Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, Friendship Village or to the Central Christian Church. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009 at the Central Christian Church in Caldwell. Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery.

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Condolences

Ernie and Kathy Evans

Family and Friends - 04/15/2009

Sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. Mom called tonight (4-15) and read us Maxine's Obituary. Again, sorry to hear of your mother's passing.

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Al Rader

Family and Friends - 04/16/2009

A wonderful lady of this past era. I will never forget her and her Christmas packaged goodies. God will watch over her soul. Al Rader and Family

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louise mcgregor

Family and Friends - 04/17/2009

DIANA, ROGER AND DEAN... SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR MOM... SHE WAS SO GOOD TO OUR LITTLE MOMMA UP AT THE FRIENDSHIP APTS... SHE WILL BE MISSED BY MANY. HER WINNING SMILE WAS HER TRADEMARK... THINKING OF YOU IN YOUR TIME OF SORROW BUT JUST THINK SHES IS NOT HURTING NOW AND WITH HER BELOVED JACK.... LOUISE AND GARY MCGREGOR

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The Burns Family

Family and Friends - 04/18/2009

What is REAL?" asked the Rabbit one day... "Does it happen all at once, or bit by bit?" "It doesn't happen all at once," said the Skin Horse. "You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't often happen to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all . . . except to people who don't understand." (Margery Williams, from The Velveteen Rabbit) Dear Olson Clan, Maxine didn't "break easily, or have sharp edges, or have to be carefully kept"--she was REAL and well-loved. We celebrate her life as Rowdy's classmate in the CHS class of 1939, as part with Jack of the couples group that included Rowdy and Marilyn, and as Marilyn's friend and most recently Marilyn's neighbor at Friendship Village. "Her gentle spirit, her humor, her wisdom and steadfast loyalty" are, indeed, hallmarks of Maxine's spirit which lives on in our memories and in the legacy that is her family. Unfortunately Marilyn, recently diagnosed with shingles, was unable to attend this afternoon's service. All of us are with you in spirit. Rosa Beth Burns Gibson for Marilyn and "Rowdy" Burns, Bob Burns, and Rosa Beth and Terry Gibson


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