Mary Ann Olsen August 15, 1922 - August 19, 2017
Mary Ann Olsen passed away peacefully at home on
Aug. 19th, 2017, 4 days after her 95th birthday. She
was born Aug. 15th, 1922 in Washington D.C. to Lemuel
Brightwell Thornton and Janet Louise Houston Thornton.
She graduated from Eastern High School (1940)
and attended the University of Maryland to study art.
She was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority for 50
years, receiving the Order of the Rose. She married
her one and only, A.B. Olsen, in 1950 and they spent
50 wonderful years together.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband Maj. Aaron
B. Olsen and her parents. She is survived by her only
child, Linda Olsen Stiles and husband Joe Stiles, her
grandson Brad Stiles (Lisa) and great-grandchildren
Shannon and Andrew.
Mary was a charter member of Clear Lake Presbyterian Church. She was a faithful
member of the Bay Area Military Officer Wives Club, Johnson Center Stamp Club, Bay
Area Genealogy Club, PEO, NARFE, and the Clear Lake Stroke Club. Mary was a
volunteer at St. John Hospital for over 30 years. She taught us all three important
lessons just by the way she lived: Love everybody, always be your best and never give
up. She had a stroke in 1992 and was left with broken speech, difficulty reading and
writing. None of these challenges slowed her down and she was a lovely, giving lady to
the very end.
A memorial service will be held at Clear Lake Presbyterian Church, 1511 El Dorado,
Houston, Tx 77062 on Saturday Sep. 2nd at 1pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions may
be made to Clear Lake Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund in Mary Olsen's name.