Mary Ann Olsen, 60-year-old Worland resident, passed away surrounded by family on Dec. 2, 2012, at the Worland Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, after being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer this past September.
Mary Ann was born on October 13, 1952 to Robert Joe “Bobo” and Lucretia Irene (Hill) Olsen in Basin, Wyo. She grew up in Basin, graduating from Basin High School in 1971.
On Oct. 7, 1972, she married Daniel R. Bourne. To this union two children were born, Amber and Andi. The family moved to Douglas, Wyo., in 1977 where they resided for nine years.
Mary Ann worked as a CNA at the hospital and spent many hours babysitting other children while tending her own. They returned to the Basin/Greybull area where she worked at the Bonnie Blue Jacket Care Facility. In 1988 she moved to Powell to get her nursing degree. She graduated from Northwest Community College in 1989 with a LPN certification. After graduation she moved to Gillette. She worked at the Gillette Hospital in the Psychiatric Care Unit. 1992 brought the family again to the Big Horn Basin, this time to Worland, where she worked for Bethesda Care Center (currently Worland Healthcare) and also for Canyon Hills Manor in Thermopolis. She and Dan divorced in 1994.
She worked briefly for Blair’s Supermarket and also for NOWCAP services, providing care in their residential program. She made some very good friends at both of these jobs, many of whom she kept in contact with via her daily “Facebook Fix.” Most recently Mary Ann referred to herself as a ‘domestic goddess’ as she stayed home to care for her grandchildren. It had been her greatest joy to spend time with her girls and grandchildren and her good friends.
She loved flowers and gardening, always trying to adorn her yard with beautiful flowers. The past two or three years, Mary Ann has especially enjoyed her church family. She exhibited her faith in Christ in her everyday life. Even through her pain and great need, she was more concerned about her family and friends and their well-being and felt blessed to have the opportunity to serve a short mission to Arizona this past June. She looked forward to spending time with the ladies at Zion in Bible Study or other activities.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert “Bobo” Olsen of Greybull and Lucretia Olsen of Basin; one grandson, Cade Jackson, and brothers-in-law, Michael Peterson and David Bourne; father and mother-in-law, Harry and Joan Peterson.
Survivors include her daughters, Amber (Jorge) Sarmiento of Plymouth, Minn., and Andi Bourne of Worland, brothers: Dave (Theresa) Olsen; Dan Olsen (Marianne Moore) all of Basin, Thomas (Laurie) Olsen of Thermopolis, Wyo.; sisters-in-law, Michelle Olsen of Iron River, Mich., Patti (Jim) Conan of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Joelle Peterson of Greybull; grandchildren: Michaela (Adam) Rios; Lorien “Lili” Bush, Zak Black; Alonso, Gabriel, and Jasiel Sarmiento; great grandchildren: Kaden and Bella Mae and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her ‘daughter by osmosis’, Misty (Matt) Jones and their children of Worland.
Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at Zion Lutheran Evangelical Church with Pastor Ralph Partelow officiating.
A memorial fund has been established at the Big Horn Federal in Greybull.
Online condolences may be made at www.bryantfuneralhomeonline.com. Bryant Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.