We Remember

OLSON, Linda


With deep sorrow and much love, we mourn the passing of Linda Olson, of Kelowna, BC, on June 1, 2021, at the age of 68 years.

Linda will be warmly remembered by her loving companion, Brian Olson; children Trent Olson (Melanie Huska), Jaime (Christian) Guay, and Erin Olson; grandchildren Raiden, Abby, Linnea, and Teagan; sister Pat Jones; and brother Tom Naylor. She was predeceased by her parents James and Wilma Naylor; and brother Roderick Naylor.

Linda was born in Banff, Alberta in 1952, and spent her early childhood in Kananaskis in the Rocky Mountains. She moved with her family to Kelowna in 1965, where she attended Kelowna Secondary School. She married Brian and raised her three children while also advancing her career at the Hudson’s Bay Company to become a department manager.

Family was very important to Linda, and she was engaged and involved with anything that interested her three children and four grandchildren. She always encouraged and supported anything they wanted to do and whoever they wanted to become. She loved learning about her family history, and took a memorable trip to Ireland in 2015, reconnecting with her relatives there and experiencing the land and culture of her ancestors.

Nature and the outdoors were always a big part of Linda’s life, and she was an avid camper and kayaker. She fell in love with the Pacific Ocean, particularly with the Gulf Islands, making almost annual trips to the coast to camp, kayak, and collect interesting rocks and bits of driftwood.

She loved animals, and most of all bunnies. She had several pet rabbits over the years, many of which she rescued from the streets of Kelowna. Apart from the bunnies she kept as pets, she was involved in an effort to save wild rabbits from being euthanized by the city’s animal control, relocating them to a safe habitat outside the city.

Linda created a warm, comfortable home that reflected her distinctive personality, yet was always open and inviting for family and guests. Her garden was given just as much attention, filled with plants and details that created a peaceful space. She always had a creative project on the go, whether it was painting a picture, decoratively framing some reeds she collected on a walk, completely renovating a kitchen or redoing hardwood floors. She was comfortable using almost any tool, whether a paintbrush, power drill, or table saw.

A Celebration of Linda’s life will be held to honour Linda, however due to the current pandemic restrictions it will be by invitation only. The family would like to invite all who want to pay their respects to join by Livestream on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 2:00 PM PDT (see below). A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.  

Memorial donations may be made in Linda’s name to the BC SPCAspca.bc.ca.

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Friday, August 27, 2021

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The service for OLSON, Linda is scheduled for Friday, August 27, 2021. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Cynthia Vaughan Warrilow says:

    My condolences go out to Linda’s family. It was my pleasure to have competed in the Miss Kelowna Lady of the Lake contest in 1970 with Linda. I certainly recognized the photo. She was such a beautiful lady.

  • Linda and Dave Fisher says:

    It is with great sorrow we learned of Linda’s passing. She was a great neighbor and will be missed on our court.

  • Mickey (Price) Millar says:

    Jeff and I were so sad to hear of Linda’s passing. We have not seen the two of you for a long while but we have great memories of Kelowna and spending time with the Naylor family..

  • Caroline Price says:

    My fondest memory of Linda is going camping with her at the provincial camp ground between Peachland and Summerland. Neither one of us had a vehicle and I didn’t even have a drivers licence so our mom’s drove us out there. And we camped for 3 or 4 days on our own. What fun fun we had. Linda you will be truly missed. Thoughts go to all her family.

    • Patricia Kroker says:

      I appreciated the time I got to spend with Linda and get to know her during the short time they lived in Bruderheim. I remember her as a soft spoken gentle caring person, intelligent and we’ll read. I remember our many conversations on subjects relative to the day. I looked forward to our coffee times together whenever I visited Kelowna. A dearly loved sister-in-law.

  • Keith and Heather Tillotson says:

    Dear Linda you are sadly missed. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to family and friends.

  • MP Tracy Gray says:

    I am very sorry for your loss and wish your family strength during this difficult time.
    Tracy Gray, Member of Parliament, Kelowna – Lake Country

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