October 9, 2012
Gloria J. Olson, of Renton, passed away Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at home. She was 80 years old.
Gloria was born June 8, 1932, in Seattle, to Francis and Hazel Towns. She was raised in Seattle and graduated from Franklin High School in 1950.
In June 1950, Gloria met Martin Olson at the Swedish Mid-Summer Festival at Vasa Park on Lake Sammamish. On April 21, 1951, they were married in Seattle. In their 60 plus years of marriage, they have danced at nearly every Mid-Summer Festival at Vasa Park; their last dance was this past June.
In 1960, Gloria and Martin settled in Renton, where they raised two children. Gloria worked for the Issaquah School District at Briarwood Elementary School as the school secretary. She retired after 23 years of loving and dedicated service to children.