Obituary: Joy Olson

Joy was born to Robert and Elsie on July 19, 1923, in England
Joy was born to Robert and Elsie on July 19, 1923, in England
Posted at 10:49 AM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 12:49:28-04

Joy Olson, 96, of Great Falls, passed away Saturday, October 5, 2019.

Joy was born to Robert and Elsie Witcombe on July 19, 1923, in Langham, Essex, England. She attended nursing school in London during WWII. She met the love of her life, Edwin M. Olson at her 21st birthday party in Langham. Ed was stationed at Boxstead Army Air Corp Base, which was located near Joy's home. They were married on April 7, 1945 just prior to VE Day.

After the war, the family moved to Libby, Montana, where she and Ed raised 6 children. They were married for over 50 years. Ed preceded Joy in death in 1998.

She worked for 40 years at St John's Lutheran Hospital. She was 75 when she retired. She picked up two hobbies later in life. She enjoyed oil painting and crocheting. She was active in Christ Lutheran Church until she moved to Great Falls in 2007, at which time she attended New City Church. She lived with her daughter, Carol until 2014.

Later that year she moved to the Grandview at Benefis, where she lived until her death. The staff of the Grandview were wonderful caretakers and “family” to our mother. The family of Joy very much appreciates the love and respect the staff showed her over the five years she was a resident.

A funeral service will be held Friday, November 15, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior, both at Christ Lutheran Church in Libby, MT, with burial to follow at the Libby Cemetery.

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