Jean E. Olsen


1922 – 2012

MEXICO — Jean E. Olsen, 90, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, Jan. 6, at her residence on the Swift River Road, with her loving family by her side.

She was born in Rumford on Jan. 8, 1922, the daughter of John and Julia (Murdoch) Rennie, and graduated from Stephens High School in Rumford.

Jean had taught at HOPE School in Mexico for many years. She had been a very active member of the Rumford United Methodist Church, where she had served on many committees and had been in the church choir and the “Church Belles.” She was a life member of Mt. Zircon Chapter No. 142 O.E.S.

Jean was married in Rumford on June 7, 1948, to Michael R. “Mickey” Olsen, who died in Mexico on Nov. 5, 2002.

Survivors include her son, Michael Olsen and wife, Mary, of Newport News, Va.; daughter-in-law, Susan Olsen of Mexico; grandchildren, Erica Hodge and husband, Peter, of San Diego, Calif., Laurie Santillo and husband, Ralph, of Mexico, Sheri Bloor and husband, Carl, of Mexico, Kathy Olsen and companion, Kim Freeborough, of Hampton, Va., and Kristen Gulla and husband, David, of Newport News, Va.; great-grandchildren, Amber, Cameron, Celina, Dylan, Alex, Abby and Skyler; nephews, Arthur Meader and wife, Sheila, of Rumford, Robert Meader and companion, Santo Sengupta, of Pawtucket, R.I., and James Brown and wife, Judi, of Marriotsville, Md.; and a special friend, Jerry Chambers of Mexico.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband; son, John R. Olsen; and sister, Julia Meader.

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