Patricia Kay Olson |

Patricia Kay Olson

Patricia Kay Olson, age, 59, of Rifle, passed away March 5, 2006, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.Patricia was born in Leadville on Oct. 28, 1946, to John Poppelwell Smith and Katherine Faidiga. She spent 36 years in Leadville, and later moved to Rifle. She went to business college and worked as a banker until she married Lloyd Gilbert Olson on April 22, 1972, in Leadville, and then she was a stay-at-home mom and homemaker.Patricia loved to go hunting and fishing with her husband, and was quite good at fly-fishing. She taught her kids unconditional love, and whenever they were involved in any kind of sports, she was always there for her kids through the good and bad. Her favorite flower was the columbine, and she liked to drive in the mountains to see the flowers and all the wildlife. She was a very dedicated member of the Presbyterian Church, where she was on the church council, trustee. She really enjoyed her Bible study classes. Patricia had belonged to the New Comers and helped with the Meal on Wheels program. Most of all, she was a terrific mother and grandmother.She is survived by her husband; son Olin Olson of Rifle; daughter Cherie Ann Olson (Shawn Gugin) of Rifle; grandchildren Trinity Hope Olson, Alyson Katherine Gugin and Alisha Kay-Louise Gugin, all of Rifle.She was preceded in death by her brother Fred Lester Smith and her parents.Memorial services are scheduled for 11 p.m. March 24 at the Methodist-Presbyterian Church in Rifle. Pastor Rich Stokes will officiate.In lieu of flowers. the family has asked that memorials be made to the Rifle Senior Center, 50 Ute Ave., in Rifle. Contact person is Marie George.Rifle Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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