Debra Lynne Olson, 53, passed away on February 1, 2010 at Latter-Day Saints Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah due to complications following a bone marrow transplant.
She was born May 10, 1956 in Murray, Utah to James Marion and Genevieve English Olson.
Debbie loved animals, especially cats. Her "baby" Charlie lived to be twenty-one years old.
Debbie worked at Primary Children's Medical Center as a nurse and neonatal nurse practitioner for thirty-four years. She cared for thousands of newborn intensive care babies and their families. She was a dedicated mentor and teacher to many of the nurse practitioners and nurses in the NICU at PCMC and IMC. She valued education and encouraged her nieces and nephews to pursue an education. Debbie loved hosting a Christmas tradition with her nieces and nephews of shopping, wrapping presents and sleep overs.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and faithfully served in Relief Society, Young Womens, Primary, Sunday School, and Library callings.
Survived by her mother, Genevieve Olson; siblings, James L. Olson; Rick (Teresa) Olson; John (Madelynne) Olson; Mary (Jay) Archibald; Margie Sullivant; brother-in-law, Les Kaas; nieces and nephews, Kristi (Kelsey) Woolley, Mikol Kaas, Michelle (Shane) Atkin, Lisa (Jared) Quan, Jason Kaas; Amber and Justin Olson; Derek Olson and Jenna (Ben) Belcourt; David, Karen, Laura, Cathy, and Sarah Archibald; Shannon, Katie, Ryan, JT and Erin Sullivant; twelve grand-nieces and nephews; one great-grandniece. Preceded in death by her father, James Olson; sister, Janet Kaas.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2010 in the Butler Fourth Ward Chapel, 6634 South Greenfield Way. Friends may call from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 5, 2010 at Goff Mortuary, 8090 South State Street (100 East), and one hour prior to the services at the Church.
Interment: Sandy City Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News on February 4, 2010.
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