OLSON, Mildred Mable
Born at Cecil, Saskatchewan November 10, 1921 went home to be with the Lord August 5, 2005. A child of the pioneer Bowles and Doyle families who in 1907 moved to Saskatchewan from Ontario, Millie was quietly proud of her heritage particularly when telling of grandfather Levi S. Bowles raising and training championship work horses. Those teams of horses were used in building the Regina dam, laying out Victoria Park and the grounds around the Legislative Buildings in Regina. At age 17 she worked as a housekeeper for the Quinn family of Prince Albert and then went cooking for the Star and later the Club Cafe’s. Marrying Oscar Olson in February, 1946, she moved onto the farm at Paddockwood. In April of 1963, the farm was sold and they moved to Nanaimo, BC, purchasing a home on Girvin. Once again Mom worked as a cook for Islander Cafe, Lindsay’s and Smitty’s Pancake House, then as a housekeeper at the Tally-Ho Hotel. Having never learned to drive a car, Millie loved riding the transit system where she met many people. Predeceased by father Warden Bowles (1935), mother Mary Ann Doyle Bowles (1971), brother Robert E Bowles (1985), sister Mary Bowles Purdy (1997) and husband Oscar M Olson in 1995. Mildred is survived by her son Melvin (Beth), 2 granddaughters Loretta & Jessalyn both of Nanaimo, 1 great grandson Eric and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins across Canada. Funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 11, 2005 at 11:00am at the Hope Lutheran Church, 2174 Departure Bay Road, Nanaimo, BC, with Reverend Beth Paton officiating. Interment to follow at 1:00pm in the family plot at Nanaimo Municipal Cemetery.
Yates Funeral Service & Crematorium (1-877-264-3848) in care of arrangements