JoAnn Olson | Obituary

JoAnn Olson | Obituary

JoAnn Olson went to be with her Savior on November 1, 2021. She was born on November 21, 1929 to Raleigh and Dorothy Monroe of Bridgeport, Washington. The middle of seven children, JoAnn loved her huge family of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, in-laws, cousins, many nieces and nephews, and special family member Frances. She often shared stories of their countless antics in their little home town.

In 1947 she graduated from Okanogan High School, and then in 1951 she received a bachelor’s degree in Home Economics/ Elementary Education from Seattle Pacific College where she also showed her love of sports through cheerleading. JoAnn and Paul Olson met on a blind date and were married in 1952. After enjoying 64 years of milkshakes, church fellowship, gardening and family life, Paul went before her to be with the Lord.

JoAnn taught first and second grade in Edmonds School District for 8 years and was named teacher of the year. She loved singing in choirs, quartets and trios, and thought everyone should have a song book in their car; a tradition she learned from her father and which she passed on to her daughters as she taught them to sing in harmony during their long trips to Eastern Washington.

JoAnn and Paul attended Seattle Swedish Covenant Church, Bethany Baptist in Kenmore and Alderwood Community Church. She was active in Bible Study Fellowship for many years. She felt blessed by lifelong friendships with special people. JoAnn was the loving mother of two daughters, Julie Ann (Mats) Karlsson of Sweden and Sue Ellen (Ken) Beebe of Indiana. She was thrilled to be Mormor (grandmother) to her four granddaughters: Karin (Chris) Best of Maryland, Sarah (Jacob) deVries of Sweden, Lauren Beebe (Andrew Barnett) of Texas and Emily Beebe of Indiana. She was also Gammel (great) Mormor to Stella and Vera deVries of Sweden and Noah Best of Maryland. JoAnn and Paul spent 64 years in the same house in Kenmore, WA, where they enjoyed wonderful neighbors. She spent the last 5 1⁄2 years in the home of her daughter Sue and family in Carmel, Indiana.

JoAnn’s favorite things included working in her beautiful yard, being a mother, Mormor and Gammel Mormor, caring for her own mother who lived with them for ten years, entertaining in her home, singing, and watching the Seattle Mariners – but most of all she had a passion for the Bible, missions and the fellowship of other Christians. JoAnn is survived by her immediate family, brothers Don (Billie) Monroe and John Monroe, and sister-in-law Betty Jo Monroe.

“…What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see, and I look upon His face, the one who saved me by His grace, when He takes me by the hand and leads me through the Promised Land, what a day, glorious day that will be!” song by Jim Hill.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@bothell-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.bothell-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in Obituaries

JoAnn Olson | Obituary
JoAnn Olson | Obituary

JoAnn Olson went to be with her Savior on November 1, 2021.… Continue reading

Heather Marie Duncan | Obituary
Heather Marie Duncan | Obituary

May 9th, 1975 - October 22nd, 2021 On October 22nd, 2021 we… Continue reading

Elizabeth Schaaf.
Elizabeth Schaaf | Obituary

Elizabeth Schaaf | Obituary… Continue reading

Boyd C. Wilson | Obituary
Boyd C. Wilson | Obituary

A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends of… Continue reading

Mary Ann Oliver | Obituary
Mary Ann Oliver | Obituary

Mary Ann Oliver, 93, walked into God’s arms on May 2, 2021.… Continue reading

Donald Jerry Rongholt Sr. | Obituary
Donald Jerry Rongholt Sr. | Obituary

Donald Jerry Rongholt Sr. | Obituary… Continue reading

Patricia Blanche "Pat" Hanley Bond | Obituary
Patricia Blanche “Pat” Hanley Bond | Obituary

Patricia Blanche Hanley Bond was born in Sedro Woolley, Washington, on April… Continue reading

Mary Ellyn Miles
Mary Ellyn Miles | Obituary

Mary Ellyn Miles Mary Ellyn Miles, née Weinbergen, 77, of Spokane, Washington,… Continue reading

Obituary: Diane E. Rosman (Liljegren)
Obituary: Diane E. Rosman (Liljegren)

Diane E. Rosman (Liljegren) June 19, 1965 - September 16, 2019 Diane… Continue reading

David James Bowers obituary
David James Bowers obituary

David James Bowers, age 83, a longtime resident of Everett WA passed… Continue reading

LAWRENCE “LARRY” L. PETERSON
LAWRENCE “LARRY” L. PETERSON

August 1930 – January 2020 Lawrence “Larry/Laurie” L. Peterson, long-time resident of… Continue reading

PETER CHARLES LOVE
PETER CHARLES LOVE

Peter Charles Love, 74, devoted husband and father, passed away on January… Continue reading