Mary Louise Olds


Posted: Friday, July 30, 2004

Longtime Kenai resident Mary Louise Olds died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna from injuries sustained from a car accident. She was 75.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, Aug. 2, at Kenai Christian Church, 104 McKinley St. in Kenai. Rev. Robert DeVolld will officiate. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at the Kenai City Cemetery. A gathering and potluck will follow at the Olds' residence.

Pallbearers will include Steve Olds, Clancy O'Neill, Jesse Peck, Jason Espinoza, David Faulkner and Mike Shaffer.

Mrs. Olds was born March 8, 1929, in Mooreland, Okla., and attended Woodward and Sepulpa High Schools. In 1945, she married Ray Olds when she was 16 years old. They moved to California and had four children and then moved to Alaska in 1965 during Alaska's oil boom years.

"Marylou made her home open and welcomed a constant stream of family, friends and neighbors stopping by to chat and have coffee. 'Nana' made the best cookies, pies, soup and gumbo. She had a special quality of seeing the good in everyone, focusing on the potential and offering much encouragement. Her husband, Ray, of 58 years, her children and grandchildren will miss her dearly," her family said.

Mrs. Olds enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, reading tarot cards, working in her flower garden, cooking, baking, reading, doing crossword puzzles and having political discussions.

Mrs. Olds was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Edna Simmons; daughter, Raye Cheryl Espinoza; granddaughters, Lori Espinoza, Lisa Espinoza, Sherylynn Shaffer and Mariah Shaffer; and grandson, Kevin Faulkner.

She is survived by her husband, Ray C. Olds of Kenai; daughters, Kay Faulkner of Kenai and Debi Arness of Soldotna; son, Steve Olds of Kenai; granddaughters, Vicki Espinoza of Anchorage, Teresa Espinoza of Kenai, Leah Gruver of Palmer and Andrea Peck of Soldotna; grandsons, Arthur Arness of Soldotna, David Faulkner of Kent, Wash., Jason Espinoza of Kenai, Jesse Peck of Boise, Idaho, and Mike Shaffer of Kenai; sisters, Francine Robinson of Tulsa, Okla., Wynetta Cochran of Ridgecrest, La., and Sue Mapes of Reno, Nev.; brothers, Perry Simmons of Coos Bay, Ore., and Keith Simmons of Colo.; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Flowers would be gratefully appreciated or memorial contributions may be sent to the Olds family, P.O. Box 225, Kenai, AK 99611.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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