Karen Sue Olsen, 66, died on Oct. 15, 2020, surrounded by her loving family members.
Karen was born Dec. 26, 1953, in San Bernardino, to Billie and Bette Harp. She was the youngest of three children, and the only girl. Growing up, she and her older brothers Tom and Paul would go on frequent family adventures that turned into many great stories told by Bill and Bette throughout the years. These family trips are what sparked her love for traveling.
Karen had a long career as a secretary. She worked at Norton Air Force base where she was entrusted with the highest level security clearance working on the SR-71 Blackbird. She spent time working nights for the US Postal Service. The bulk of her career was spent as a secretary for a judge for the state of California.
She met a hippie named Ronald Wayne Olsen, and they were married in November of 1976. They had a love for each other that bloomed into a family of five. They had three children: Lori, Eric, and Brian. Family trips were what she lived for. Often, she’d get caught planning the next trip while in the middle of the one she was on. She loved California’s coastline, from San Diego to Trinidad. National Parks were also priorities; from Yellowstone and Grand Teton, to Zion and the Grand Canyon, with all the enjoyable stops between. She always had a smile, and made friends wherever she went. A dog lover through and through, was always quick to pick up any stray dog, and would be your best friend if she could give your dog hugs.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Bette (Kring) Harp. She is survived by her husband Ron Olsen, daughter Lori (Olsen) and husband Jeff Collins, son Eric Olsen, and son Brian and wife Candace (Sampson) Olsen. She had four crazy grandchildren: Tyler and Cody Collins and Maverick and June Olsen.
She is also survived by her brother Tom and Dorothy Harp, brother Paul and Annette Harp, 11 Nieces and Nephews, and 18 Grand Nieces and Nephews.
A private service is to be held Nov. 14, 2020.