Betty June Olson
June 19, 1932 – January 17, 2023
Betty June Olson, 90, of Lincoln, died peacefully in Elkhorn, NE, on January 17, 2023. Betty was born June 19, 1932, to George and Elisa (Buckow) Niemoth in Grand Island, NE. Betty grew up on a farm near Grand Island, and attended a one room schoolhouse, eventually moving into Grand Island and attending school there. After high school, she worked as a telephone operator in Grand Island.
She met her husband, Victor C. Olson, Jr., when her car was stranded in a snowstorm. They were married in 1953 at Messiah Lutheran Church in Grand Island, and moved to Lincoln, NE. They raised two children and six Scottish Terriers, and were together for over 64 years until Vic’s passing in 2018.
She had a long career working for the Women’s Physical Education department at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, retiring in 2000. She passionately enjoyed running and gardening, running for over 40 years, and becoming a Master Gardener after retirement. She also appreciated movies, Nebraska football, travel to Colorado and elsewhere, and sharing in her grandson’s life events.
Preceded in death by her sisters Helen and Hazel, her parents, and her husband. She is survived by her children, Nancy (Russ) Wall and Robert Olson (Beth Skirkanich), and grandson Ryan Wall (Brittany Armstrong), and her beloved Scottie, Abby.
A Celebration of Betty’s life will be held Saturday February 18, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Christ United Methodist Church, 4530 A Street, Lincoln, NE. At the request of the Olson family there will be no public viewing as Betty’s wishes were for cremation. Memorials are suggested to the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, Nebraska.