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Faye A. Olson

(Aug. 8, 1936 - Sept. 4, 2013)

Faye A. Olson, 77,  died Sept. 4, 2013, at her home in Cody after a courageous two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Faye was born as the first of four children to Roscoe P. Baker and Mary Allred Baker in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. Roscoe was a U.S. citizen who immigrated to Raymond, Alberta, with his parents and brothers. Faye had dual citizenship with Canada and the United States.

As a young child, Faye attended a country school near Raymond. Because of health problems, Roscoe moved his young family to British Columbia when Faye was 10 years old. She attended schools in Langley Prairie, Cloverdale and White Rock until she was 16. At that time Roscoe moved the family to Glendora, Calif.

In Glendora, Faye attended Citrus High School, graduating in 1954. She went on to Mount SAC and Citrus Junior College and received an associate of arts degree in 1956. While there she was involved in student government and a cheerleader. Faye worked for a period at Aero Jet General to save money for school. Then in 1957 she moved to Provo, Utah, to attend Brigham Young University.

In the fall of 1958 while a cheerleader at BYU, she met Bob Olson, who was on the football team. That October, Faye was selected as the homecoming queen; and in December the same year, Bob and Faye became engaged. Faye graduated in the spring of 1959 with a degree in office management. Following graduation, Faye married Bob on June 20, 1959, in the LDS temple in Los Angeles.

Faye worked at the Bank of Laramie and the University of Wyoming to help Bob through law school. She gave birth to her first two children, Jim and Suzanne, during this time. After finishing law school the couple spent two years in Washington, D.C., before settling in Cody to raise their family. 

When they returned to Cody, Faye was pregnant with their third child, Darin. Their fourth and last child Danelle was born seven years later. In the 48 years Faye lived in Cody she had several professional positions and was extremely active in the LDS church and the community.

Faye is survived by her husband of 54 years Robert Dan Olson; her 100-year-old mother Mary Baker Walker; two brothers Philip (Karen) Baker, Dwight (Diane) Baker; sister Shirley J. Perkins; four children James M. (Amy) Olson, Suzanne A. (Scott) Shields, Darin K. (Athsole) Olson, Danelle (Paul) Axthelm; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, with a viewing starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Cody Wyoming Stake Center, 1407 Heart Mountain St. in Cody.

An online memorial is available at www.ballardfh.com

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