Joyce Olsen

Obituary of Joyce Olsen

Joyce Helen Olsen was born September 23, 1933 in Brainerd, Minnesota to Paul and Maybelle Bernard. She died in Springfield at the age of 87 on December 29, 2020.

Joyce graduated from Willamette High School, then graduated from Emanuel School of Nursing. A week later, Joyce married Marlin James Olsen at Bethesda Lutheran Church in September, 1954 and they were married for over 63 years.

Joyce’s career as a nurse continued through the 1980’s, mostly at Westmoreland Clinic. She loved her home and being a homemaker. Joyce and Marlin spent many years traveling together on behalf of J.O. Olsen Manufacturing Co. and the Architectural Woodwork Institute. 

Joyce and Marlin enjoyed camping, crabbing, and playing Pinochle and Cribbage. Some of their favorite destinations include Winchester Bay, the McKenzie River and their winter trips to Palm Desert. They also enjoyed many birthday and holiday celebrations with family and friends. Joyce was a wonderful hostess and friend.

Joyce and Marlin were members of Bethesda Lutheran Church throughout their marriage. Joyce was an active member of Rebekah Circle. Joyce and Marlin were part of a large potluck group whose families grew up together and continued to gather until the end of their lives. Joyce was also involved for many years with Bible Study Fellowship.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Marlin James Olsen. She is survived by her brother, Jim Bernard; son, Gregory Olsen and wife, Amy; son, Michael Olsen and wife, Danette; and daughter, Nancy Olsen. Grandson, Jacob Olsen and wife, Heather; great-granddaughters, Addison and Finley; granddaughter, Kristiana Olsen and partner, Conor Finlay and great-grandson, McCoy; grandsons, Zane Olsen and Mitchell Olsen; and former daughter-in-law, Shana Olsen.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. at Westlawn Cemetery, 225 S Danebo Rd. Gifts in Joyce’s memory may be given to Bethesda Lutheran Church’s Memorial Fund.

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