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Obituary for Barbara Spiegel Olsen

Barbara Jean Spiegel Olsen returned to her heavenly home on Saturday, November 11, 2017, after her long, courageous battle with cancer. She was born on November 30, 1942 in Boynton Beach, Florida to parents Herbert and Veda Louise Spiegel.

She graduated from Seacrest High School in Delray Beach, Florida in 1960. She attended the St. Louis Institute of Music in Missouri, where she played the piano on the local radio station. Barbara married her high school sweetheart, Michael F. Olsen on January 6, 1961, in Delray Beach, Florida.

Barbara was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. She served diligently in many callings in the church. Some of them were Young Women’s President, Primary President, and more than 12 years teaching youth in the seminary program. She had a great love for the youth of the church and a love of the scriptures. She was a temple ordinance worker in the Atlanta Temple for two years. She also was involved in directing the choir for the first Atlanta Temple dedication. She had a passion and a gift for music and her “soul delighted in the song of the heart.” As a piano teacher, she shared her talent with others and taught piano lessons for more than three decades. Her love of music was a gift to all who knew her.

Her greatest loves were her faith and her family. She was an adored grandmother, mother, and wife whose legacy of love, patience, and endurance will live forever in the hearts of her loved ones and those privileged to call her friend. Her radiant smile warmed all those around her, and her positive, optimistic spirit was invincible. Each day of her life, she carried with her a spirit of abundant gratitude for all her blessings, and an unyielding love for our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Michael F. Olsen, and her four children, Evelyn (Anthony) Martinez of Layton, Utah; Jim (Audra) Olsen of Prosper, Texas; Kam (Jeff) Deck of Newnan, Georgia; Kelli (Tyler) Schenck of Syracuse, Utah. She is also survived by her sister, Mary (Vern Nielson of Ocoee, Florida, 15 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herbert Spiegel, her mother, Veda Louise Spiegel, and her granddaughter, Kadisen Schenck.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints (LDS) church building at 2021 Redwine Road, Fayetteville, Georgia 30214. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home located at 200 Robinson Road, Peachtree City, Georgia 30269.


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Visitation

Wednesday

15

Nov

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Carl J. Mowell & Son Funeral Home - Peachtree City

200 Robinson Road
Peachtree City, GA 30269

Funeral Service

Thursday

16

Nov

2:00 PM
Church of Latter Day Saints

2021 Redwine Road
Fayetteville, GA 30215

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