May 3, 1937 – Oct. 21, 2021
Shirley Ann Olson, 84, Carmel, passed away Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021.
She was born May 3, 1937 in Kokomo, Ind. to James and Mary Jo (Pickering) Montgomery.
Following her graduation from Kokomo High School in 1955, Mrs. Olson attended Hanover College where she received a BS in education. She continued onto Ball State University where she received her master’s degree in reading and education.
After leaving Ball State, Mrs. Olson and three college friends moved to CA and accepted teaching jobs. That is where she met, Larry, her husband who also was a teacher, and they were married Dec. 24, 1960. After a few years, she and Larry moved to Indiana where they started their family. For a time, Mrs. Olson worked at Peter Rabbit Day Care as she continued to enjoy working with children.
Some of her interest were swimming, watching sports on TV, especially the Colt’s and Pacer’s. Mrs. Olson enjoyed reading her Bible, walking, visiting Conner Prairie to listen to Symphony on the Prairie, spending time at the lake, cooking and grilling out. Mrs. Olson received the award of the best tasting, most delicious pumpkin pie, and pumpkin bread, given by her children. In her later years, Shirley liked to eat out, appreciating Hollyhock Hill and The Cheesecake Factory. One of her many favorite desserts was ice cream.
The greatest joy in life for Mrs. Olson was spending time with her family. She loved to laugh, was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Mrs. Olson will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her! In their early years, she and Larry were members of Hope Church where the children grew up.
Survivors include her children, Janelle Stroup, Jodelle Olson and Kyle (Carisa) Olson; and grandchildren, Hannah Stroup, Tate Olson and Anslee Olson.
Family and friends will gather at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021 in Colonial Hills Baptist Church, of which Shirley was a member, and where the Funeral Service will begin at 12 noon. A Committal Service will follow in Union Chapel Cemetery, Indianapolis.
In memory, donations may be made to Colonial Hills Baptist Church, 8140 Union Chapel Road, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Envelopes will be available at the service. Bussell Family Funerals is privileged to assist the family with arrangements.