Ethel Louise Morrow Olson was born on August 14, 1934 to James Samuel Morrow, Sr. and Ethel Wessels Morrow and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She was the youngest of four siblings, two brothers and a sister. She was very proud of her older brothers, James Jr. and Walter who served in World War II, although it was a stressful time as she was concerned about them.
Attending University Baptist Church had a great meaning to her as she had a deeply held Christian faith that began there and sustained her. She enjoyed summers in her youth attending Camp Wo Me To, a Baptist Camp in Jarrettsville, Harford County, Maryland. There she enjoyed singing Christian songs and she thrived on the Christian activities at the camp. Later her two daughters and two of her granddaughters attended camp and activities there.
Louise, or "Loukie" as she was fondly known by family, graduated from Eastern High School in Baltimore City in 1953. She enjoyed swimming, badminton and bowling. She received an Associate of Arts Degree in 1955 from Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from Church Home and Hospital School of Nursing in Baltimore, Maryland in 1958 and received her RN in 1959.
She worked as a nurse at Church Home and Hospital, the University of Maryland Hospital, Baltimore County Secondary Schools as a Substitute Nurse, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Children's Hospital and a Research Assistant at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Her Christian faith and her time working at the Kennedy Krieger Institute led her to a passion to advocate for children with disabilities.
She married her husband Wayne Raymond Olson of Chicago, Illinois in 1958 in Baltimore, Maryland and they settled in Catonsville, Maryland. She is survived by her beloved husband Wayne, , her beloved daughters Catherine Louise (Cathy) Ford and Ellen Marie Nesemeier, and her beloved son Stephen Andrew Olson (Steve). She is also survived by her grandchildren: Sarah, Bethany, Emily, Anna, Jeremy, Nathan and Joanna and one great-granddaughter, Freya. She was a devoted mother who spent much time volunteering at school and in activities such as girl scouts and helping with school projects. Louise was a member of Chapelgate Church where she actively volunteered, especially with the Stephen Ministry.
During her retirement years, she and her husband loved spending time in Ocean City, Maryland.
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