Obituary : Florence D. Olsen
Florence Debora Olsen, "Debbie," died suddenly in her home in Centerville on October 10. She was 69. Born on Martha's Vineyard on August 18, 1939, Mrs. Olsen graduated from Oak Bluffs High School. In June of 1957 she married John Olsen Jr. and lived most of her life on the Vineyard where they had two sons, John Olsen III, and Zeb. She and her husband operated a farm and a business on the Vineyard where she worked as the bookkeeper.
They loved to travel in their motor home for many years until they moved to Centerville in 1997. She was an active member of the Osterville United Methodist Church.
Debbie was predeceased by her husband in 2000 after 43 years of marriage, her son John Olsen III in May of 2007, and her sister Emily this past August.
Mrs. Olsen is survived by her son Zeb of Centerville; sisters Shirley Smith of Vineyard Haven, Gloria Steere of Oak Bluffs, Janet Packish of Falmouth, Nancy Howes of Dennis, and Rosemary Finley of Madison, Ala.; brothers David Steere of West Tisbury, and Stephen Steere of Richman Hill, Ga., as well as many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.
Visiting hours were on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home in Mashpee.
A memorial service took place at 10 am on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at the Osterville United Methodist Church, in Osterville. Burial followed at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Cape Abilities, Inc., 895 Mary Dunn Road, Hyannis, MA 02651 & the Osterville United Methodist Church, 57 Pond St., Osterville, MA 02655.
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