“Marge” (Age 68) Passed away April 26, 2013 in Spokane Valley, WA.
She was born March 20, 1945 in Orofino, ID to Emon Olson Sr. and Gladys Egly Olson.
She is survived by her husband of forty-five years, Raymond Millard; son, Daniel Millard (Stephanie) of Oregon City, OR; daughter, Sharilyn Kruger (Tim) in Chengdu, China; five grandchildren, Sadie, Austin, Doug, John and Allie; two brothers, Emon Olson, Jr. (Vicki) and John Olson (Doris).. Marge had a rocky start to her life and lost her mother and sister at a young age, but she was a strong young lady that persevered to become a great woman with a strong character.
Marge graduated from Orofino High School and soon left for college at Northwest Nazarene College (University).
She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Education and Business Administration.
Marge met her future husband, Raymond, while touring with her singing group in Harvard, Idaho.
On June 24, 1967, she married Ray and started her life as a pastor’s wife in Waitsburg, Washington.
They continued pastoring together for the next 15 years in the Church of the Nazarene.
During this time, Marge played and taught piano, sang at church, taught school, worked in administration at the University of Idaho, and started raising her son, Daniel (1969) and daughter, Sharilyn (1977).
In June of 1983, the family moved to Spokane, WA where they started their new life and Marge started her new career as an Administrative Assistant for the State of Washington.
Marge worked for this state for almost 30 years!
She was a dedicated servant for the Lord.
Along with her paid job from the state, she also served in several capacities at her local church as well as other churches in the Spokane area and on her church district.
Marge was the church treasurer for her home church, other Nazarene churches, and the Nazarene district for several years.
She served on the Missionaries board at Spokane Valley Nazarene and played piano and organ faithfully for many years in several churches throughout her life.
Marge also directed a Ladies choir called Ladies Notes at church.
Her love of music was a driving force in her life.
She used music as a way to overcome hardships that she faced and helped ease the pain of her past.
Marge also had a love of travel and missions.
Marge and Ray would participate in several work and witness trips throughout their lifetime as well as enjoying several different cruises.
In October of 2012, Marge was diagnosed with Stage 4 Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a primary brain cancer.
She fought hard against this terrible disease for six months before the Lord took her home to be with Him.
We are all blessed to have someone so dedicated and faithful in our lives.
There will be a Memorial Service at Spokane Valley Church of the Nazarene on Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 3:00pm.
Attendees will be wearing red, blue, or Gonzaga attire in honor of Marge’s love of Gonzaga basketball.
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