Elinor Gene Olsen

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Elinor Gene Olsen passed away peacefully on March 1, 2019 at Vacaville Kaiser surrounded by family. She was born on September 11, 1936 in Concord, the daughter of Laurance and Eloise Olsen. She graduated from Dixon High in 1954, and earned a B.A. in History and K-8 teaching credential from U.C. Davis in 1959. She began teaching in a one-room schoolhouse between Winters and Esparto. In 1963 she began teaching in Davis. She taught a 5th/6th grade gifted class at North Davis Elementary for many years before moving to WDI in 1980. In 1982 she began teaching 5th/6th in the new gifted program at Valley Oak, modeled after a program developed by Elinor. In 1987 she received the Capital Region Teacher of the Year award from the California Association for the Gifted. She actively pursued current educational training, and was known for her expertise in teaching the gifted and talented. Mr. Diel, principal of Valley Oak, said, “Elinor was a highly organized and dedicated professional. She has a certain something that makes kids want to learn.” Seems everywhere we go, someone is stopping us to say, “Elinor was my teacher,” or “Miss Olsen was my daughter’s teacher!” People fondly remember Miss Olsen, whether in the one room schoolhouse for first grade, the camping trip, or maybe the cross-country ski trip. These are just a few of the many individuals she nurtured and taught. Elinor loved the outdoors since childhood on the farm and 4-H, including hiking, skiing, and especially biking, completing 13 Double Century Bike Races. She was deeply committed to her family and friends! She was ready to climb to the top of the tower to fix the windmill, paint the trim of your house, or help with weddings. She also enjoyed her P.E.O. women’s group, bridge groups, reading, and games! She recently swept the dominoes family game night. She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Kathryn Vossler; and brother, “Ole” Olsen. She is survived by her sister, Susan Moyer, and nephews: Matt Olsen, Frank Moyer, Fred Moyer, David Vossler, Robert Vossler, and nieces: Vicky Shore and Kathy Boyd. A celebration of Elinor’s life will be held at the Winters Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Saturday, April 20 at 1 p.m.]]>

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