Lois Lorraine Olson

February 23, 1932 ~ May 18, 2019 (age 87)


Lois was born in Portland Oregon on February 23rd, 1932 to Sylvia and Preston Ledgerwood.  She graduated from Franklin High School and married soon after. She loved being a mother to their son Raymond. She enjoyed working in the Portland Public School District, spending time in Seaside Oregon, cooking and gardening.

As her friends and family will share, she was an amazing artist. She loved painting, taught painting and continued her education in painting.

She moved away from Portland to the San Diego area for about 5 years and opened a Home Furnishings Gallery with her dear friend Phyllis. She was a natural at Interior Designer and enjoyed decorating for clients and friends. Lois enjoyed being a choir member at the Foothills United Methodist Church there.

She was an only child and truly valued her friendships. She was known for remembering each of her friends with beautiful cards and letters for every occasion and for being a dear thoughtful person to each friend.  She still got together often with friends from her high school years and friends that she had known for over 60 years. Lois was an amazing hostess and enjoyed getting everyone together throughout the year.

 She loved all of her dogs and cats (many were rescue) over the years and was never without a pet.

She loved traveling and gardening with her late husband Fred Olson. Together they enjoyed being snow birds at their Mesa Arizona home where they had established many wonderful friendships over 20 years.

Lois went peacefully home to be with her Savior on Saturday, May 18th, 2019. 

She was preceded in death by her first husband Marvin Zwahlen and her late husband Fred Olson.

Lois is survived by her son Raymond Zwahlen, Aunt Chloe Kuhnhusen and her cousin Natalie Taylor.


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Memorial Service and Reception
June 7, 2019

11:00 AM
Rose City Funeral Home Chapel
5625 N.E. Fremont Street
Portland, Oregon 97213

Private Interment

Rose City Cemetery
5625 NE Fremont St
Portland, Oregon 97213

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