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Obituary: Verene Ellen Stott Olson

5/11/1924 ~ 3/1/2003


- Verene was released from her mortal probation Saturday, March 1, 2003, in Bountiful, Utah, after persevering the effects of Parkinson's disease more than 14 years. She leaves behind a loving family and many dear friends.

She was born May 11, 1924, in Meadow, UT to Cleon B. Stott and Zina Stewart Stott. She grew up in Meadow, attended high school in Fillmore, enjoyed a year at Brigham Young University, then began employment in the Church Historian's Office, Salt Lake City, 1943. While employed there she met Earl Olson, who had previously worked in the same office, but was currently serving in the armed forces during World War II, in Salt Lake City. They were married in the Salt Lake LDS Temple, March 24, 1944. A month following their marriage, Earl was transferred to Stock-ton, CA and Verene went with him.

There she obtained employment in the Boy Scout Office. Two years later, following the end of the war and Earl's release from the Army, they returned to Salt Lake City. Verene worked at several different jobs, until she settled in as a medical secretary for Dr. Max Sharp. She continued with him until he retired in 1985. Earl retired the following year.

Their retirement gave them the opportunity of more traveling in their motor home, something Verene enjoyed. Several very dear friends also had motor homes, and together they took many delightful trips, especially during the winter months. Verene very much enjoyed the family boat, and loved to have the family with her at Lake Powell and other places.

During her active years Verene loved to travel with Earl to a number of intriguing locations, the South Sea islands; Moscow, Russia; Alaska; Cairo, Egypt; South America; and Europe. She was an outstanding cook and housekeeper, and was always delighted whenever the family came to visit.

She was a faithful and devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and served in various positions in the Relief Society and the Young Women's organization. She also served for a number of years as a docent at the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum.

Verene's health deteriorated to the point where further travel became impractical. During the past year her conditions worsened, and in order to provide the care she needed she was moved into Heritage Place, and later to South Davis Community Hospital, where she passed away March 1, 2003. The family is grateful for the devoted services of personnel at these two institutions, and from Vista Hospices Care; and also express their appreciation to the Relief Society and to the many friends who have visited and supported her.

She is survived by her husband, Earl; three children, Earlene (Lewis) Stern, Janalyn (Don) Bleak, Craig (Kris) Olson, 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; three sisters; and one brother.

Services will be 11 a.m. Wed. March 5, 2003 Bountiful LDS 50th Ward Chapel, 33 S. Moss Hill Dr (1500 E), Bountiful, with a viewing at Russon Brothers Bountiful Mortuary, 295 N. Main, Bountiful, UT Tues. March 4, 2003, 6-8 p.m. and at the chapel Wed. 10-10:45 a.m. Interment, Lakeview Cemetery.

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