Kathleen M. Olson

Kathleen M. Olson, 69, passed away at home peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

Born March 23, 1950, to Thomas and Marjorie (Thompson) Millard in Detroit, Michigan.

Kathy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Ferris State University with a B.S. degree in Business Administration.

While living in Grand Rapids, MI, she was employed by the Defense Contract Management Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense.  As a team leader, she supervised 20 employees who were responsible for assuring the quality of products being sold to the U.S. military.  She retired in June, 2012 after 34 years of service.

Kathy enjoyed sewing, refinishing furniture, boating, kayaking, and golf.  While living in Gaylord, she was affiliated with the charities; Coats for Kids and Toys for Tots, for which she ran the toy store.

She ranked her biggest achievement to raising two fine sons.

She is survived by her husband Spencer of 50 years; sons Derek (Debbie) Olson, Ft. Collins, CO, Bryce (Jamie) Olson, Denver, CO; grandsons Jace and Keaton; father Thomas; sisters Penny Hamblin Novi, MI, Gail Kosh Canton MI, Dawn (Reid) Varner, Grand Rapids, MI; sister in laws Eileen Nordstrom, Lafayette CO, Cindy Olson, Dallas TX; and brother in law Arthur (Lenore) Olson, Clarkston, MI.

Kathleen was preceded in death by her mother Marjorie.

A memorial service will be held at Nelson Funeral Home, Saturday, July 20 at 12:00 p.m. with a visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to ALS of Michigan, 24359 Northwestern Hwy., Suite 100, Southfield, MI 48075.

6 Comments

  1. Al & Sandy Glasby June 27, 2019 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    So sorry to hear this news. Kathy worked diligently in many groups for the benefit of others. She will be missed.

  2. Annie June 29, 2019 at 9:08 am - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss. It is so hard to ease the pain and hurt when our loved ones fall asleep in death. I hope you can find comfort in knowing that God promises to bring back to life those who we have lost in death. John 5:28,29 says “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out”. I hope this wonderful thought can bring you peace and comfort in the days and weeks to come. Annie

  3. Dawn Cariello July 5, 2019 at 6:55 am - Reply

    So sorry for your loss but you can rejoice in knowing that she is heaven with no more suffering. Prayers for you and your family for comfort.

  4. Rosie and Ray Warner July 8, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

    Peace and love to your family. Kathy was a true leader and treasured friend.

  5. Tom Gibbons July 18, 2019 at 10:36 am - Reply

    We are so very sorry for your loss and pray for God’s arms of comfort to surround your family. .

  6. Richard and Phyllis Woiteshek August 9, 2019 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    Rich and I are so sorry to hear of Kathy’s passing. He thought a great deal of her and her work in the Defense Logistics Department. We are sorry to hear of her illness and know her suffering is over. On behalf of Rich I want to express our sympathy to Kathy’s family.

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