Betty Rae Olson, 94, of Funks Grove, passed away early Sunday morning (Dec. 17, 2017) at Martin Health Center, Bloomington.
A private family service is planned for a later date at Funks Grove Church, rural McLean, with the Rev. Dr. Donald J. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Funks Grove Cemetery. Remembrances and gifts may be sent in care of Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home, Atlanta. Memorials may be made to McLean United Methodist Church or Westminster Village Foundation.
Betty was born May 26, 1923, in Waynesville, the daughter of Ray and Emily Peterson Johnston. She married Harry "Bus" Olson of Wapella on Nov. 16, 1941. Harry preceded her in death on Sept. 18, 2009. Also preceding her in death were her beloved sister, Ingristine Pitts of Bloomington, and her brother, Wilbur Johnston of Memphis, Mo.
Surviving are her four children, Susan (Steve) Kopetz, Seattle, Wash.; Harry A. (Marsha) Olson, Cape Coral, Fla.; John (Linda) Olson, Bloomington; and Mike (Bonnie) Olson, Shirley. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, whom she loved very much.
Starting out in DeWitt County and moving to Funks Grove in the early 1950s, Betty and her husband Harry enjoyed each other's company for nearly 70 years while raising family and farming in the McLean area. Betty was a member of McLean United Methodist Church. She was a great cook and baker. Betty loved playing bridge with her club partners. She also enjoyed the company of her many fine neighbors, church and "supper club" friends, and the exceptional caring staff at Martin Center. She will be greatly missed by all!
Final arrangements are entrusted with Quiram-Peasley Funeral Home of Atlanta.