Anna Greta Olson
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it. For her hometown, family, friends, and everyone she met, Anna Greta Olson did just that. Born on March 13, 1934 in Enumclaw, Washington to Jens and Elsa Holm, Greta’s story started with love. Greta knew that we are most alive when we are in love; and so, she was in love with everyone and everything she could be. Love went into her family, especially her beautiful children Linda and Mikel, it went into her work, whether it was secretarial, entrepreneurial, or the counseling of others, and it went out into the world attached to every craft she made or student she taught. She knew that a good teacher is like a candle- it consumes itself to light the way for others. That too is love. Greta spent many years teaching sewing and embroidery, counseling at King County Recovery Center, and sharing the best of herself. Greta was love and love recognizes no barriers. It didn’t recognize a barrier when her parents Jens and Elsa, her brothers John and Hans, or her beloved daughter Linda passed away. The love remained and their light carried on by Greta. It did not recognize her death on November 28, 2019 either and simply continued to be even after she had gone. Her love lights the way for her son Mikel, his wife Christina, and to everyone they may pass it to. The love she gave was left as a gift, to permeate the ether, and fill the world where she once did. It fills those it has touched, still has weight and purpose, and lights the way for those she has left behind. Of all things that can be said Greta has done, let us say she has done love. Remembrances for Greta and her boundless spirit may be made to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.
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