Elizabeth C Olson

Elizabeth C Olson

January 18, 1960 ‐ March 16, 2021
Elizabeth C Olson
Birthplace: Wayland, MA Resided In: Westlake,Ohio

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.

Guest Comments

Stephen J Witting
Evansville, IN

Dear Don & Family;
I was greatly saddened to hear of your loss. Beth and I were friends and neighbors at the Kappa and Pike houses during college. She was such a lovely lady and brought joy to all those who knew her. I also lost my Wife, Laurie, to cancer on January 6, 2021 as well as both parents in 2018. The sadness we feel from the loss of a Wife and Mother can be overwhelming until you consider the eternal happiness they now have. They are always with us loving and caring for us. I take comfort in the belief that our pending reunion in heaven, though many years away, is as certain as our life together on Earth. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy and be assured of my ongoing prayers for you.
Sincerely; Steve Witting

Vince Cuffaro
Lakewood, Ohio

I am so so sorry for your loss! I just found out and am saddened for you and your family. Just know if you need anything at all feel free to ask. Take care of yourself Don and be safe.

Alyson Piro
South Salem, New York

Before I even met Elizabeth in person, I knew she was a gracious lady and a good sport. As a favor to her sister, my friend Catherine, she agreed to snap a picture of the house my family owned in Westlake during the 1970’s and send it to me. My family so enjoyed seeing how the house looked after 50 odd years. What a nice thing for Elizabeth to do! May she rest in peace.

Lisa Thomas
Brecksville, OH

I always loved working with Beth when she brought her clients into the showroom at Welker McKee. She was always kind and patient and had a classic flair for design. A beautiful woman, inside and out who will be sorely missed.

Laurie M Gomes
Longboat Key

Oh Beth, I hope you know just how much we are all going to miss you. You were the "Donna Reed" of the WHS Class of '78, always impeccibly dressed with a sweater wrapped around your shoulders, every hair in place, and always wearing your trademark smile. You exemplified style and grace even as a teenager! Spending time at your home was always so much fun. Your family was always so open and welcoming to this loud girl from Homeroom! It was fun helping you with the mailings for your dad's business. No one could fold a letter in thirds with such precision! Your attention to details was evident even then. You have served as such an example to all who knew you and I for one will always remember your kindness, and soft spoken confidence. You have been the kind of woman that makes other women want to step up their game. Although we went our separate ways after high school, you have always been someone I admired and I have enjoyed seeing all your posts on social media over the years. You and Don looked like you built a beautiful life together with your children.
May you rest in eternal peace and may you know that you have given everyone who knew you, so much joy and so many lovely memories. Until we meet again.......

Emily and David Dillinger
Charlotte, North Carolina

Thinking of all of you and so sorry to hear about Beth. What a wonderful, kind person who will be greatly missed. Sending love.

Michele Hoge
Lorain, Ohio

I am so sorry for your loss. I will pray for you and your family to have strength during this trying time.

Michele and Al Hoge

Leslie A Siggins

So very sorry to hear of Beth's passing. She was a shining light to those who were lucky enough to know her.

Joanna & Mike Fanning
Westlake, Ohio

Our deepest sympathy to you and your family, Don. We are praying for you all during this difficult time.

Jodi Bernhard
Solon, Ohio

I am so sorry to hear of Elizabeth's passing. She was a great boss during my time at Pearle Vision and was an amazing lady. May her memory be a blessing to you and your family.

Stuart Glassman
Beachwood, OH

Sincere condolences to the Olson family. I know Elizabeth will be greatly missed. Thoughts are with everyone during this difficult time.

Dorie Olson Schiefer
Fairfax, VA

I first met Beth when Don brought her home for a visit from college when I was in high school. Not sure I wanted to share my brother -until I met Beth and instantly wanted her to be in our family. I looked up to her as I entered into my career-everything about her from how she dressed to how she wore her hair. So I went to her hairdresser and asked her opinion on my business attire. Try as I might, Beth was an original. She had that gift of elegance and being approachable at the same time. She had high standards of kindness and also acceptance. She taught me how to find peace in the quiet, about Jaz music ( Al Jarreau), and about being a mother.
I wish we all had more time with Beth and yet I am grateful for the time I did have - and I learned things from her that have impacted me every day and in ways that have made me a better person, and a better mother than I would have been if not for her help.
Thank you Don, for sharing your wife , thank you kids, for sharing your mom. She will NEVER be forgotten.

Chris Wilson
College Station, Texas

To Beth’s Family and Friends,
I knew Beth in college. We were Kappa pledge sisters at Indiana University. I was a fine arts major with her, and shared some graphic classes with her. She was lovely, and had all the character qualities you described. She was exceptionally bright, happy, talented, and can I add, disciplined to high standards morally and personally. I am so sorry for your great loss. What a blessing she was to all who knew her.
Chris Kramer Wilson

Jennifer Pease
Indianapolis, Indiana

I was so very sorry to learn of of this loss. I first met Beth when we became Kappas together. She was a remarkable young woman even then- one of the most disciplined and organized people I have ever known! We often would cross paths in the Kappa house basement in the early hors of dawn when she would come down to do her laundry (no one else ever used the machines that early :) ) and she would find me still up writing paper. We were very different but liked each other very much. The wonderful obit made me smile. Beth was always an elegant dresser, a very kind person who was very smart, and she had a quick wit and great sense of humor. I can only imagine how much you all will miss her laugh. Beth touched the lives of so many of us. Sending Don and the entire family lots of love and good memories.

James & Darlene Justice
Medina, Ohio

It has been an honor and a privilege to have worked with Elizabeth over the last ten years.
She first came to us as a customer and we knew she was someone special from the moment we met her.
Her elegance, intelligence and subtle sense of humor were just a few of her greatest qualities.
Elizabeth approached everything in her life with such grace. It was by no accident that she passed on 3:16 on Teal Tuesday - her faithful way of letting us all know she is better than ok - she of course is a planner with the greatest Planner now. Our hearts go out to Don, her children, parents and grandchildren. We all will miss her beautiful smile and presence.
James & Darlene Justice
Architectural Justice

Elizabeth Russell-Skehan

What a beautiful obituary that captures Beth’s personality so well. As a high school friend of Beth’s, I remember how sweet she was to everyone. I send my love and prayers to her family for the loss of such a beautiful person too early. May your happy memories of Beth bring you peace and comfort as we all try to be a little more like her

Mark Ramsey
Middleburg Heights Ohio

Oh how we at Architectural Justice already miss Elizabeth! We rode the emotional roller coaster with her this past year in her battle with GBM. We prayed for her and showed her our support on “Teal Tuesdays”. Teal will forever remind me of her, a sophisticated, elegant lady who was very down to earth and personable. She was our “Princess” - we often joked with her. Her smile lit up the room. Sometimes stubborn, she was as tenacious in the workplace as she was in life. That combined with her talent and passion brought us and our clients many successful space transformations. We went from coworkers, to friends, to family. I look forward to seeing her smile again.

Dan and Janet Powers
Brandenburg, KY

Thinking about you, my old IU roommate and friend. Can’t imagine what you’re going through. Glad you have wonderful kids and grandkids to keep her memory alive. Give us a call when things settle down. Dan Powers, 270-668-6932.

Jody Anderson
Orlando, Florida

Beth was a very special lady and it was a privilege to know her. All my prayers and heartfelt thoughts go out to Don and the kids. I am so sorry for your loss.

Michael Bargas
Lakeville, MN


I was fortunate to know Elizabeth during my tenure at Things Remembered. She was an amazingly talented artist with such a wonderful personality. I remember visiting your home in Westlake and have fond memories of her.

Please accept my deepest condolences.

Michael Bargas

Nancy and Roy White
New Lenox, Il

We are so very sorry for your loss and our hearts go out to all the Olson family. Though we never got to spend much time together getting to really know Beth, it was obvious she was a beautiful person inside and out. All the wonderful things said about her were easily seen whether you knew her for years or just had a short acquaintance. She carried herself with such class and grace and left an impression not to be forgotten. A truly beautiful person. I’m so glad she was able to meet her two grand babies. May the joyful memories carry you through the sadness of her passing and the memory of her strength and faith in living her life to the fullest, enable you to do the same. Sending much love and prayers for God to walk with you through this valley bringing you peace, comfort, and assurance.

Pat Consolo
Bay Village, Ohio

I have such lovely memories of Beth...from first meeting her with Michael and Meredith at Blue Marlin in the summer through the years we spent as Bay Juniors. Her loss will be felt by all those who knew her.

Mike Boeckman
Cornelius, North Carolina

Beth as described in this memorial, is exactly the good friend that I remember. She was always so cheerful and pleasant to be around. Darcy and I will forever cherish our friendship with the entire Olson family, and treasure the sketch she did of our Bay Village Ohio home that we proudly display at our North Carolina home today. She will be missed by the many people she met in her life. Blessings to the entire Olson and Garvey families.

Jeff Zelmer
Cleveland Ohio

So sad to read this news . I worked with Beth at Things Remembered and American Greetings. Her beautiful smile and positive personality were always a joy to experience. My deepest condolences to Don, the kids and the rest of the family. Beth will be missed by all who knew her.

Jan and Fred Boitano
Los Gatos California

Sending our deepest condolences to you and your beautiful family. I am so very sorry for your loss. She will live in our hearts and memories forevers! Beth was a beacon of light to all who knew her! She will be greatly missed. Sending our love, prayers and big hugs to all.

Christopher Sixt
Geneva, IL

Dear Olson Family,
I’m so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of working with Beth at Pearle Vision, and your words describe exactly how I remember her. My prayers are with all of you. Heaven certainly gained an Angel. May God provide you comfort in your pain and bring you joy in your memories!

Doug Voiers
North Ridgeville

Having known Beth for over 20 years, she is one of the most genuine and truly decent people I have every known. But I know she is seated with God now with her signature gleaming smile and radiant energy. She will be sincerely missed.

Bill Anderer

She and Don and family have Janet and my condolences at this difficult time. She was very active at church and we will miss her. Prayers for you.

Bernadette B. Gilson Howard L Gilson III
Falmouth, MA

Don we are deeply sorry for this tremendous loss for your family and the community. Our hearts go out to you all. We are so, so sorry. Much love to you and your family.

Lisa McCarthy Sheehan
Nashua, NH

Dear Don, Michael, Meredith, and Matthew,
Beth was my first friend when our family moved to Bay Village in 2004. We bonded through our New England roots as I spoke to her about joining Bay Jr. Women's Club. (She was the membership chairwoman) Beth's gentle, endearing and kindhearted spirit was such a blessing to me throughout our 31 years of friendship as I know it was to everyone that was fortunate to call Beth their friend. Her beautiful rendition of our home on Winsor Drive is a treasured piece of art in our home in New Hampshire today. Bob, Brendan, Casey and I send our deepest condolences to the entire Olson and Garvey families and all of Beth's friends. She will be deeply missed.

Pamela and Russell Cottam
North Olmsted

We so enjoyed seeing you both at Lydia and Kevin's Christmas parties and other get togethers. Beth always smiled, enjoyed everyone and was kind and attentive to everyone. We heartily regret the family's loss of a kind and creative person.

Greg and Denise Reiser
Brooklyn New York

Dear Meredith,
Please accept our condolences and know that we’re thinking of you and your family during this saddest of times.
With our deepest sympathy,
Greg and Denise Reiser

Renee Centa
Kirtland. OH

So very sorry to hear this news. I worked with Beth at Thing Remembered. We shared a big room and had some good times being creative together She was such a pleasure to work with.
I will always remember those days.

Renee Centa
Kirtland. OH

So very sorry to hear this news. I worked with Beth at Thing Remembered. We shared a big room and had some good times being creative together She was such a pleasure to work with.
I will always remember those days.

Renee Centa
Kirtland. OH

So very sorry to hear this news. I worked with Beth at Thing Remembered. We shared a big room and had some good times being creative together She was such a pleasure to work with.
I will always remember those days.

Andrea Blinkhorn
Cincinnati, OH

I’m thinking of all of your family during this difficult time and sending an especially big hug to Meredith and Corey. Elizabeth was such a light and I distinctly remember her warmth and kindness to us Kappas at Meredith and Corey’s wedding (as well as her incredibly beautiful jumpsuit). She was the embodiment of sisterhood and inclusion and I loved getting to know and dance with her. Wishing you all peace during this time. Love, Andrea