Debra A. Olsen

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died May 29th, 2016

Debra A. Olsen, 61, Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, May 29, 2016 surrounded by her loving family after a battle with cancer.

She was born in Wauwatosa, WI on September 22, 1954, daughter of the late Marlyn and Evelyn (Flaig) Oman.

Debra graduated from Escanaba High School in 1972, and continued her education at Northern Michigan University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She worked at Christian Park Healthcare Center for many years until her retirement.

She loved to spend time outdoors golfing, skiing, running, and gardening. She enjoyed having pets of all kinds, especially her cats.

A celebration of Debra’s life will be held on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home in Escanaba. A time of remembrance will be held at 3 p.m. for anyone willing to share a story or memory of Debra.

Debra is survived by her four children, Michael (Kari) Olsen, Justin Olsen, Adam Olsen, and Katharine Olsen; grandchildren, Parker Olsen and Cash Wolverton; her mother’s long-time companion, Frank Ferguson, as well as many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Marlyn and Evelyn Oman.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Delta County Cancer Alliance or the Delta Animal Shelter. Envelopes will available at the funeral home.

The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the Olsen family.

9 Tributes to “Debra A. Olsen”

  1. So very sorry for the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother. Our girls were great friends in high school and so that is how I know both Gary and Deb. You both have always been very pleasant to talk with at the different functions our kids were involved in. Prayers to all of the family. She will be forever in your hearts.

  2. Kat & family – I never had the opportunity to meet your mom but I know I would have liked her. She raised an awesome, caring, smart, and wonderful daughter! My thoughts and heart are with you all during this difficult time.

  3. To the entire family of Debbie! Please know that our family is so sad for the loss our cousin.

    May you find comfort in all of your favorite, special memories!! She was loved by us all.

    We talked by email and she was always proud to send clips of her son singing in Vegas or other tidbits about her kids and grandkids….she spoke so proudly of you all.
    Mary R. Oman
    Daughter of the Late Wesley Oman and Mother Arlene Oman (Marlyn’s Niece 🙂 )

  4. Dear Olson Family,

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your wonderful mother. I was fortunate enough to have Kat as my neighborhood girlfriend growing up and got to spend lots of time Kat and Debra. Debra was always so loving, caring and would take great care of me when Kat and I would have play dates (although I’m sure we drove her crazy from time to time). When I was little I know all I had to do was cross the alley way if I ever needed anything that she would help. She was truly an amazing lady. Another absolutely wonderful person taken way to soon. May you rest in piece Mrs. Olson and watch over all your loved ones. You will be so greatly missed.

  5. Olsen family our thoughts are with you. I always think about Debbie locking her kids in the car. Or in Justin’s case locking himself in. This was an almost weekly occurrence. Peace to all of you and so sorry to lose her so soon.

  6. Deb was one of the nicest people and neighbors one could hope to have in your life. She was a very caring Mom and that care later extended her care to those she nursed back to health. Her smile and laugh will stay with each of us who got to meet her. We hope Mike, Justin, Adam, Kat and Gary will eventually find peace in their souls after this tragic loss.

  7. Justin and family… I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing… She was a beautiful lady . Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sorrow..

  8. I love you all while realizing by the time you were remembering things your mom & I were busy with our families & didn’t see a lot of each other until you were grown. We were sisters we decided very young; having met by the time we were 4. She was then, as now the cutest, prettiest girl I’ve ever seen. I doubt she ever believed me. We laughed together always, no matter how much time went by between seeing each other. Tonight I am caught between anger and intense sadness as to why she had to die before me. As long as I’m here, I am available to tell you about my “sister”, you call mom. God bless all!!!

  9. I am so saddened to hear of your loss. Marlyn and I were first cousins, but we never got to know Debbie. Peace be to all of you.

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