Lucile Davis Olesen
Sept. 16, 1911 - July 1, 2011
Lucile Lillian Davis Olesen died peacefully in her sleep on July 1, 2011, at the age of 99. She was born Sept. 16, 1911, in a tent on Indian Creek at Esmeralda, Calaveras County, Calif., to Cyrus and Henrietta Davis, devout Adventist Christians.
Lucile described her childhood as "ideal" and herself as a tomboy and a free spirit who loved to be outdoors playing with her brothers. An excellent student, she attended Meadowglade Elementary and Columbia Academy at Battleground, Wash., and graduated with honors from Humboldt Adventist Academy at Eureka, Calif. On Sept. 1, 1931, Lucile married Raymond Thomas Olson/Olesen, and they remained sweethearts for sixty years until his death in September, 1991. Lucile and Raymond were blessed with four children (Raymond Merrel, Nina May Torrano, Ingrid Kathryn Spring, and Ole Christian); ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her work as an adored wife and mother, Lucile was employed as a governess, special education teacher, office nurse, and elementary school cook. In 1964, she accompanied Raymond to Uganda, Africa, where they lived on a papaya plantation while Ray was developing technology for producing extremely high quality papain. Lucile loved people and made beloved friends wherever she went, always hoping to introduce them to her Jesus or to encourage their faith in Him. She was famous for her exquisite flower gardens, and she delighted in sharing the abundance of her huge vegetable and herb gardens. Lucile was an excellent seamstress who made clothing for herself and her children and quilts for each of her grandchildren. Lucile loved music, was an accomplished pianist and often sang for church services. She was a member of the Farmington, Wash., Seventh-day Adventist church for over forty years until her death. She believed her greatest achievement was writing a book that traced her spiritual journey. Nothing, even tragedy, could shake her faith in the goodness of her heavenly Father; even at her death, she believed that Jesus was coming soon to reunite her with her loved ones.
Lucile is survived by her sons and their wives, Dr. R. Merrel and Marie Olesen of San Diego. and Pastor Ole C. and Vonnie Olesen of Milton-Freewater; ten grandchildren and spouses, Scott Olesen, Matthew and Jennifer Olesen, Laura and Ted LeVieux, Michael and Shari Torrano, Robert Torrano, Marcus and Brooke Torrano, Brian Spring, Heather and Gabriel Alarcon, Aleta Olesen, and Sean Olesen; eleven great-grandchildren, Greta and Johanna Olesen, Stewart, Josilin, Phillip, David, Julia and Mia Torrano, and Mateo, Esteban and Pablo Alarcon; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband; two daughters, Nina and Ingrid; her parents; two sisters; and five brothers; and a granddaughter, Lori Torrano.
There will be a celebration of Lucile's life on Sunday, July 24, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. in the Milton Seventh-day Adventist Fellowship Hall, 1244 N Elizabeth St, Milton-Freewater, OR.
Memorial contributions will be given to the Dorlin J. Hast fund through any Banner Bank branch.
The final paragraph of her book includes these words:
"I know it will be difficult for you grandchildren to grasp how quickly life goes by, and that is probably as it should be.... As for me, I want to keep making the most of my precious moments, enjoying each beautiful day with you dearly beloved children. I suppose that, unless our Lord comes soon, I will experience that long and mysterious rest that seems like the twinkling of an eye. I think of all the Sabbaths I have kept, more than 4800 of them, each reminding me that I have a heavenly Father who intricately wove my genes together into the unique combination that is me, and each of those Sabbaths promising the true soul-rest of eternity -- a forever Sabbath without death and tears. I'm certain that in that eternal Sabbath, I will be more purely myself than I have ever been, recreated by Jesus. My dearest wish is that I can spend that Sabbath with each of you."