In Memoriam: Marjorie Ann Olsen (Oct. 30, 1938 – Dec. 18, 2022)

February 2023 Posted in Obituary

Marjorie Ann Olsen

Marjorie Ann Olsen of Silverton, passed away at home on the evening of Dec. 18, 2022.  She was born to Chester and Lillian McEwen on Oct. 30, 1938 in Moose Lake , Minnesota.  Her family moved to Silverton, Oregon in 1950 when she was just 11 years old. 

Margie graduated from Silverton Union High School in the spring of 1955.  She married Roderick L. Olsen the following fall on Nov. 27, 1955. 

Rod and Margie had three children.  They moved from town to the family farm in the summer of 1966.  

In 1969 when their youngest son started school, Margie began her career as Deputy Clerk at Butte Creek Elementary for the ’69-70 school year. 

She also enjoyed many creative activities during these years, such as ceramics, oil painting, decoupage and stained glass art. 

Rod and Margie divorced in 1975 and she purchased her home in town.  In 1979, she became “Nana” with the birth of her first grandchild, and second in 1981. 

In 1994 Margie transferred from Butte Creek Elementary School to the District office in Silverton.  She retired in 1997. 

Marjorie Ann Olsen

Margie maintained many close relationships with her co-workers, including “The Butte Creek 8.”  She enjoyed a very full life of travel, volunteering, gardening, church, reading, classes such as calligraphy and even bartending, her daily crossword puzzles, and of course spending time with her family and friends.   

She was very close to her sisters and loved being “Nana” to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.   

Marjorie is survived by her children, Jon Roderick Olsen, Robin Kay Gallagher and her husband, William, Darren Ron Olsen and his wife, Catherine; grand children, Heather Rose Tate and Amy Nicole Crain; great grandchildren Oliver Bear Crain and James Fox Crain; siblings, Lois Mickelson, Naomi Saari, Clara Walker, Shirley and George Smith and Joan Kelly; as well as many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Donald and Dennis McEwen. 

Services will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church 303 N. Church St., Silverton on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2023 at 11 a.m. Arrangements made by Unger Funeral Chapel – Silverton. 

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