Barbara Diane Olson: Aug. 21, 1946 – June 12, 2018

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Barbara Diane (Conley) Olson passed away June 12, 2018 with the dogs at her side as she wanted.

Barbara was born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona. She attended Flagstaff High School and later in her life earned her Associates degree from Yavapai Community College. While in college, she developed a love of photography and was able to print her photos in her very own darkroom.

During her life-long career as a loving mother and housewife, Barbara worked for Page Unified School District and Page Park Service. She loved traveling. In addition to traveling around the country she went on two Project Ocean Search trips with the Cousteau Institute, several trips overseas and lived in Mexico for a short time with her husband. Of all the places in the world, she loved her home on Whidbey Island, Washington.

She was an avid animal and bird lover. While living in Little Rock, Arkansas, Barbara volunteered as a docent specializing in the birds of prey exhibit.

Her father Walter and mother Edith Conley of Sedona, Arizona, and brother Harvey Conley of Page, Arizona preceded Barbara in death.

She is survived by her loving husband John of 53 years, son John (Stacie) Olson Jr., daughter Eve (Jeff) Rubalcava; sisters Carol (Branch) Gill, Mary Frederickson; grandchildren Brooke Maybaum, Shae (Jonathan) Rideout, and Eliza Olson. Barbara loved being a grandma, aunt, and great-aunt to the many children in her family.

No memorial services are planned. Barbara and the family wish that if you would like, please donate to your local Hospice organization and/or Pancreatic Cancer research.

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