Donna Olson |

Donna Olson

A celebration of life for Donna Marie Curry Olson of Grass Valley will be conducted from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Gage residence, 444 Brock Road in Nevada City.

Mrs. Olson died Tuesday, Oct. 12, at home. She was 88.

She was born April 22, 1916, in Grass Valley, to Ada Lillian (Cann) and LaRoy Norton Curry. She was the eldest of seven children. She moved to Santa Cruz with her family where she met and married Elmer Joseph Olson on Jan. 30, 1932. Upon returning to Nevada County, she worked as a cook at the old Community Hospital, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, and Nevada Union High School, retiring after 18 years on April 24, 1980. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, her family and was an avid fan of the Sacramento Kings.

She is survived by her daughters Dolores Mae Thompson and Arlene Judith Aebersold of Grass Valley; daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Joseph Gage of Nevada City; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kim Curry of Nevada City; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer, on Oct. 30, 1968; granddaughters Barbara Gage Parsons in 1988, and Sandra Gage Schaefer in 1995; sisters Betty Curry, Noma Enos, Billie Sousa, and LaVern Ridout; and brother, Blackie Curry.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Foothills or Sierra Nevada Memorial Cancer Center.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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