Elizabeth C Olson
Elizabeth C Olson
January 18, 1960 ‐ March 16, 2021
Elizabeth Chisholm (Garvey) Olson, 61, passed away on March 16, 2021, in Westlake, Ohio from glioblastoma multiforme (gbm), an aggressive form of brain cancer. A beautiful, graceful, and devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Beth will be deeply missed by her family and friends.
Elizabeth radiated joy. Smartly dressed with a quiet elegance, an ever-present engaging smile, and clever sense of humor were her trademarks.
Born on January 18, 1960 and raised in Wayland, Massachusetts, Beth was a classic New
Englander: as comfortable on the ski slopes of the White Mountains as she was in downtown Boston and on the beaches of Cape Cod.
Beth left her Boston area roots to study Graphic Design at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. It was there that she met Don, her future husband, at a bus stop on campus.
She and Don raised their family in Westlake but returned East frequently and routinely to create tradition and magical memories with her entire family. Elizabeth instilled in her children a dedication to family and cherished the closeness they and all of her relatives shared. While raising her family, she enjoyed a successful career directing the Visual Merchandising teams with Things Remembered and Pearle Vision, and as Director of Retail Experience for American Greetings Corporation. Most recently Elizabeth used her exacting eye for color, texture, and composition and her attention to detail as an award winning Designer with Architectural Justice. Elizabeth meticulously planned personal and professional projects and events with a singular focus on what others would appreciate, enjoy, and remember. An early riser who loved organization and routine, she basked in her mornings, drinking her coffee, doing her daily reading, and planning her day. Faithful and devoted, Elizabeth was an active member of St. Ladislas Catholic Church in Westlake.
Beth is survived by her husband of 37 years, Donald Olson; her children Michael Olson (Coral) of Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Meredith Olson (Corey), of Mount Laurel, New Jersey; and Matthew Olson of Westlake, Ohio; her grandchildren Madelyn and Audrey; her mother and father John H. Garvey and Carole Garvey of Osterville, Massachusetts; her brother John L. Garvey and sisters Anne Palmer and Catherine Jannace; as well as numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.
A Celebration of Beth’s Life will be announced and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation to your preferred charity.