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Mary 'Polly' Olson

Mary "Polly" Olson

Nov 13, 1943 - Apr 5, 2024

Mary "Polly" Edna Olson, 80, of Riverton, Wyoming passed peacefully through the veil at her home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, April 5, 2024. A viewing will be held from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Friday, April 12, 2024 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 430 Elizabeth Drive, Riverton, Wyoming. The funeral service will follow at 10:00 am with interment at Mountain View Cemetery,


Mary "Polly" Edna Irvine was born November 13, 1943 in Lander, Wyoming to Kenneth “Tex” and Jean (Hornecker) Irvine. She grew up in the Lander and Winkleman Dome area, and graduated from Lander Valley High School (FCVHS) in Lander Wyoming.


On March 31, 1963 she married Terry Lynn Olson in Lander, Wyoming. They were sealed together for all time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 10, 1992.  During the early years of their marriage, Polly and Terry traveled around Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho with Terry’s construction job while raising the first two of their four children. They made Riverton, Wyoming their permanent home in 1968 where they had two more children. However, years later, six children would call her mom. Terry passed away on September 8, 2020.


Shortly after their marriage, Mary was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. and was a very active member. She volunteered countless hours as a friend fellowshipping other members of her ward and tirelessly served as a primary teacher, a visiting teacher and a member of the Relief Society Presidency. She had a passion for family history and taught other members how to research genealogy. You could often find her in the church's library researching genealogy for herself and others. Her favorite service to the church and other members was the twelve years she and Terry served as temple workers in the Logan, Utah temple.


In addition to being a home maker and raising her children, Mary had a dog grooming business at her home for over twenty years. You could always catch her during the morning hours in the "dog shop" that she and Terry built so that she could earn a little extra money, and still be able to take care of the home and be present for her children.


Mary enjoyed reading and delighted in telling all that would listen the adventures she had during her latest book.  Mary spent countless hours crocheting for her family and friends. She was always working on a new afghan, baby blanket, scarf, toy, or an outfit for the newest grand baby to be blessed in.  She continued her love of crocheting up until a week before she passed away. 


Mary and Terry enjoyed traveling and were able to take several notable trips including church history tours, train trips to many locations, and to Normandy France to visit several World Ward II sites. Her greatest love besides Terry, was her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  


Mary spent the week leading up to her passing surrounded by family and friends, listened to her favorite music, and surely enjoyed all the stories and memories shared.  All that knew and loved her are comforted in knowing that she and Terry are once again dancing together; oh what a joyous reunion.


She is survived by her sons, Syl Garcia of San Francisco CA, Bob Olson of Las Vegas NV, Ken (Morgan) Olson of Casper WY, Dan Olson of Riverton WY;  daughter, Chandra Olson of Riverton WY; and foster son, Oscar Losolla of Pocatello ID; sixteen grandchildren, Ashley Olson, Rebecca “Becca” Olson, Caitlin Olson, Hanna Lensert, Miranda Rasband, Avery Olson, Cole Olson, Devin Olson, Ricky Losolla, Kevin Losolla, Dallas Olson, Jesse Olson, Shawnte Heuman, Shalan Crenshaw, Skyler Soule and Stryder Soule; seven great grandchildren; and her brother, Dudley Irvine.


She was preceded in death by her parents, Tex and Jean Irvine; husband, Terry Olson; and brother, Duane Irvine.


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Services under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.