Bonnie A. Olson

2/1/1936 ~ 4/16/2022

Bonnie Marlene Anderson Olson, age 86 of Ephraim, Utah passed away on April 16, 2022, in her home surrounded by her children.

She was the seventh of eight children born to Merrill J. and Anna Kirstine Anderson on February 1, 1936, in Ephraim, Utah.  She married Douglas H. Olson on January 27,1954 in the Manti, Utah Temple.

Bonnie enjoyed her participation in the local PTA when her children were young.  Music touched her soul and she loved singing in her Ward Choir, The Singing Mothers, the annual Stake Messiah presentations and singing with the fun duets, quartets and double quartets comprised of her close and cherished friends.

Bonnie was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and had the opportunity to serve in many Stake and Ward Relief Societies, Young Women’s, and Primary Organizations. She made no secret that the most enjoyable calling she had, over her lifetime, was serving as a Sunbeam teacher in Primary. 

Together with her husband, Douglas, they served a Mission at the Ephraim Latter-day Saint Institute of Religion.  They also served as Ordinance Workers in the Manti Latter-day Saint Temple for ten years with many who became their treasured friends.

Bonnie will be remembered for her complete and unselfish care and concern for others and her quick sense of humor.  Her needle point and embroidery projects are a work of art and Bonnie was a world class family party planner.  She was a dedicated wife, mother and homemaker and found great joy in service with a smile.  Bonnie was a faithful and humble Disciple of Jesus Christ and her influence in the lives of her family, will long be remembered.

Bonnie is survived by her children, Jeffery D.  (Sharon) Olson, Julie (Val) Hawks, Don R. (Denise) Olson, and Carolyn (Tom) Osmond, twenty-one grandchildren and sixty great-grandchildren.   She is survived by her sister Faye Armstrong and one brother Tom (Martha) Anderson.  She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held Friday April 22, 2022, at 11am in the Ephraim, Latter-day Saint Stake Center; 400 E Center.  A viewing will be held at the Stake Center Thursday evening, April 21, 2022, from 6-8pm and Friday morning from  9-10:30am.  Internment in the Ephraim City Cemetery.

The family wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to Dr Dallin Olson (one of her favorite Sunbeams), Dr Siddhartha Kakani, Dr Brandt Esplin, the tender Hospice Care Team and Ramussen Mortuary.  Also, for the kind and loving care of extended family members, the Ephraim Seventh Ward Relief Society, and many friends.

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13 Responses to “Bonnie A. Olson”

  1. Don and Melinda Torgersen says:

    What a treasure precious Bonnie is to us!
    Her loving example and gentle smile is something that we have missed these past years. We served with Bonnie and Doug in the Temple, and always looked forward to her hugs. We are so grateful to have felt her love and kindness. Our hearts and prayers are with each of you.

  2. Dear Olson family
    Our hearts are saddened at your loss. Bonnie was so good to all of our family, in so many ways. And yes, some of our boys were ‘her sunbeams’. Carma used to ‘visit’ her every month, with Landon in tow. She was so very kind. And now she is back with her sweetheart. We miss her already! Sending hugs your way.

  3. Hello all you Olsen kids. Sorry to hear about your mom. All of the kids that age are leaving us. Your mom was always such an elegant lady. The old Ephraim mob consisting of all those girls including my mother were quite a generation. Unfortunately I’m going to be out of town and can’t make it to your moms funeral but I wish you the best I hope to see you soon.

  4. Barbara Dalene says:

    Bonnie was Sunbeams. Every primary kid loved her. Funny story. Timothy was one of her Sunbeams. On a hot summer day after playing outside, I put Timothy in the tub and I said, “oh Tim you are sunburned.” He looked at me very disgusted (like a three year old can) and said, “I not a sunburn, I a Sunbeam!” Bonnie taught those children the gospel through her lessons and her love for them. They all knew they were loved by Sister Olson. She will be missed, but her stories about the Sunbeams will live on!

  5. Cindy Larsen says:

    I am so sorry to hear of Bonnie’s passing. I got to know and love her these last several years preparing her taxes. I looked forward to seeing her and spending time with her. I’m so thankful I got a hug from her when she came to the office this year. She will always hold a special place in my heart. I know she loved and was very proud of her family.

  6. Susan Holmes says:

    My aunt Bonnie was a true Saint! She was always thinking of and serving others. My visits to Ephraim every summer as a child I loved seeing her. She always made the best family dinners. When I went to Snow College she taught me how to make homemade bread which was such a treat. Her testimony of the gospel was strong and she lived a Christlike life. Her love of family was her joy. She leaves an amazing legacy. She was the “glue” that helped keep my family together. I will miss my Aunt “Bun-Bun”.

  7. Randa Black` says:

    Bonnie became my beloved and cherished friend through unusual and God sent reasons. She was a true angel and I loved her very much. She never gave up on me when many others did. I am so sad for her beautiful family and pray God will be with them in the coming days. I will miss her every day and her memory will be in my heart forever.

  8. Darin Menlove says:

    Dear Cousins Jeff, Julie, Don, and Carolyn,
    I’m so sorry for Aunt Bonnie’s passing. She rightly served as a Sunbeam teacher because she spread sunshine continuously throughout her life. I never knew Aunt Bonnie to be without her cheerful smile and a warm greeting. I’ll never forget receiving a surprise card in the mail from Aunt Bonnie when I was in high school after she heard about an award. And this is how she was – she just had a way of making everyone feel special. Over the years I’ve loved bragging to friends about her amazing talent for needle point. Aunt Bonnie was a beam of sunshine who was much loved and will be missed.

  9. Bill and Stacey Pollock says:

    So loved your mom. She was the best example of kindness that we have had the pleasure of knowing. Our prayers for the spirit of comfort to be with her family at this time. A light has gone back home for sure.

  10. Bill and Stacey Pollock says:

    So loved your mom. She was the best example of kindness that we have had the pleasure of knowing. Our prayers for the spirit of comfort to be with her family at this time.

  11. Judy Wheeler says:

    Dear, Sweet Bonnie…. One of Ephraim’s finest. I still have the binder full of treasures she made for Whitney when she was one of Bonnie’s Sunbeams. Prayers for you, Carolyn, Denise, and the rest of the Olson family. What a legacy the Bishop and she leave behind.

  12. Bill and Stacey Pollock says:

    We loved Bonnie, she was the best example of kindness to all around her. She will be sorely missed. A true angel on earth has returned home.

  13. Caytee Wankier says:

    Oh I can’t even begin to express the sadness I have just finding out about the passing of my beloved “Sunbeam Teacher.” She is a rare person indeed to have touched my life so. Bonnie and I realized we shared the same birthday and for as long as I can remember, I have always received a birthday card from her and I’ve sent one to her. I still have so many of her cards because they are so precious to me. Even on my wedding day, Bonnie snuck into the bride room to give me a hug (she was working at the temple that day) and many tears were spilt as we embraced. This woman I adored supported me on such an important day. Oh how I will miss this incredible lady and her extraordinary light. My love to all her family. Thank you for sharing your mom with me. I will miss her so. Until we meet again.