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Obituary: Olson, Karen Lucille


OLSON, Karen

Karen Lucille Olson, resident of Colton, WA, passed away Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Pullman Regional Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer at the age of 61.

Karen was born August 12, 1951 in Creston, B.C.

Canada to Frank and Lucille Vinion.

She grew up on a farm in Bonners Ferry, Idaho graduating from Bonners Ferry High School in 1968.

Karen moved to Spokane and focused her studies in Medical Records.

Through mutual friends she was introduced to a dependable young man named Gaylord Olson, and the couple began dating.

Karen completed her studies and took a job in McMinnville, Oregon which took her away from Gaylord.

The two kept in touch and it wasn’t long before she moved back to Spokane and took a job with Deaconess Hospital.

Karen and Gaylord soon married on December 31, 1976 in Spokane.

They each settled into work and enjoyed their life together; and their family blossomed with the birth of their daughter and a couple years later their son.

They moved to Colton, Washington in 1992, where the kids each finished school.

Karen was always active in the kids’ activities and events.

She was very proud of her family and all of their accomplishments.

She loved to spend time outside, either on the patio or in the yard as she planted flowers or enjoyed her garden.

She loved to be near the water and soak up the sun as she walked along listening to it.

Karen had a love for animals whether they were hers or not.

You could always bank on her to have a treat welcoming any animal.

She encouraged an open door policy and you could always count on her to listen and visit whether at work or at home.

She welcomed anyone into her home and heart with generosity.

She enjoyed traveling, reading and telling stories with family and friends, and her laugh always filled the room.

Karen is survived by her husband, Gaylord; her daughter Emily and son-in-law Jon Houg of Fircrest, WA and her son, Matthew of Tacoma, WA; two sisters, Faye Pinson of Coeur d’Alene, ID and Betty Challinor of Libby, MT.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tom Vinion.


Her family will welcome friends at a celebration of life for Karen on Saturday, October 6th from 1 - 4 pm at 1103 Lake St., Colton, WA.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family suggests donations to the Harvest House in Pullman, Karen’s preferred charity, (509) 334-6873; 400 Ne Maiden Ln.

Pullman, WA 99163.

On-line guest book is at www.kimballfh.com KIMBALL FUNERAL HOME, Pullman, is caring for the family.

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