Maxine Doris Olson |

Maxine Doris Olson

Maxine Doris Olson peacefully transitioned on April 22, 2010. She was born on Feb. 6, 1921 in Spokane, Wash. to Cecil and Gladys Couey. Maxine moved to the Lake Tahoe Area around 1960 with her husband, Jim Olson and her three daughters; Tinda, Julie and Katherine. She and her husband built a home on Lake Tahoeand#8217;s west shore where the family grew with the addition of two sons, Jeffery and Daniel and two daughters, Denise and Jamie. Maxine was especially fond of children. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren filled her heart with joy. Maxine reminisced and often enjoyed sharing her stories with others.- –

Maxine was a unique and spunky lady. One could always be assured of a hug and a smile from Maxine, although she may not have always remembered-your name. Always active Maxine loved to ride the bus and walk through Tahoe City. She was a former volunteer with the Tahoe Forest Hospital Auxiliary. In her earlier years, she built combat planes for the second world war. Her hobbies included organic gardening and maintaining a membership at the local gym. She was a friend to animals and enjoyed watching the birds and squirrels in her backyard.-

Maxine was preceded in death by her son Daniel, who was 17 years old.- Following her sonand#8217;s passing, Maxine founded and petitioned California administrators, teachers and others to initiate the and#8220;Hug a Treeand#8221; program which focused on youth wilderness survival training. She was successful as the program was adopted by and integrated into the California public school curriculum in the early 1980s.

Maxine enjoyed a high quality of life until the very end. She was 89 years old and is missed.

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