Shirley M. Olson 1941-2019
LIBERTY — Shirley Mae Olson, 77, passed away Sunday evening, July 14, 2019, at her home with her family by her side.
Mrs. Olson was born Oct. 10, 1941, in Youngstown, a daughter of Marlin and Mae Mary Lillian Bailey Clouser, and was a lifelong member of the community.
Mrs. Olson was a graduate of Liberty High School and a graduate of Youngstown State University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in education, graduating cum laude, and was awarded two teaching certificates in elementary and high school English.
Mrs. Olson was a teacher at Youngstown North High School, Warren Western Reserve High School, W.S. Guy in Liberty Township and retired in 2008 from Liberty High School and the Ohio Teachers’ System. She also worked as a dispatcher and chief’s secretary for the Liberty Police Department and was also employed by the W. T. Grant Company at the Liberty Plaza store.
She was a member of the Liberty Township Disaster Service from its inception until 2005, Student National Education Association, taught Sunday school for special needs children, volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House, was a member of the Liberty Parents Association, performed service to seniors through Youngstown Council of Churches, trustee for Church Hill United Methodist Church and volunteered at Liberty Arms Assisted Living. Mrs. Olson also was a member of the Liberty Historical Society, Kappa Delta Pi Sorority and Church Hill United Methodist Church.
Among her numerous hobbies, Mrs. Olson especially enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing bridge, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and picture puzzles. However, her favorite passion was gardening, in which Mrs. Olson and her husband, James, shared a love with and possibly had one of the most beautiful yards in the area.
Mrs. Olson leaves to cherish her memory, her husband, James D. Olson Jr., whom she married Nov. 25, 1964; daughters, Sharon (Charles) North of McLean, Va., and JoAnn (James) Brady of Kansas City, Mo.; a daughter of her heart, Wanda (Dr. Matthew) Yerkey of Salem; and grandchildren, Sarah Mae North, Sarah (Justin) Parmenter, Erica (Liam) Voth, Joseph Brady, Christopher Brady, Ryan Yerkey and Avery Yerkey.
Besides her parents, Mrs. Olson was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Clouser; and grandsons, John Brady and Blair Yerkey.
The family will receive relatives and friends 10 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Church Hill United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, at Church Hill United Methodist Church.
The family has requested contributions be made to Liberty Arms Assisted Living Activities Department, Attn: Sheila Noyes, 1353 Churchill Hubbard Road, Youngstown, Ohio 44505 and / or Hospice of the Valley, 5190 Market St., Youngstown, Ohio 44512.
Thoughts and condolences may be sent to the funeral home website, www.mccauleyfuneral.com.
Arrangements by the McCauley Funeral Home — serving the Valley for more than 117 years!