Lola Louise Olson, 1922-2019

Lola Louise (Skidmore) Timm Olson, 96, passed away Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Sacred Heart Nursing Home in Avilla, IN.

Louise was born Dec. 29, 1922, in Haskell, OK, to Lola (Hall) and Clarence Skidmore. She joined a family which eventually included five brothers (Noel, Harold, William, Clarence Jr. and Kenneth) and two sisters (Wanda Sue and Kathryn). She graduated from Wolf High School in Snowmac, OK, in 1940, where she was an outstanding athlete specializing in basketball skills. Upon the entrance of the United States into World War II, Louise relocated to LaPorte, IN, in 1942 to join her brother, Noel, where she worked at the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant inspecting fragmentation bombs. Louise met and married Clarence George Timm of LaPorte on March 28, 1946, after his enlistment in the U.S. Coast Guard and service in the South Pacific were concluded, and their union was blessed by one son, Terry Wayne, who was born in 1947. After Clarence’s sudden death on Feb. 3, 1961, Louise again entered the labor force, working with the leagues at Thunderbird Lanes Bowling Alley in LaPorte in 1962, where she taught bowling and managed equipment while traveling with her bowling team to many National Bowling Tournaments throughout the United States.

Louise married Herbert Iver Olson on June 11, 1971, and for the next 10 years, the couple traveled extensively throughout the country while Herb was employed as a construction supervisor for the Red Lobster Corporation until his retirement in 1980. Maintaining her residence in LaPorte, Louise continued her bowling career as she and her team placed 13th in the Class A Division of the Woman’s Invitational Bowling Congress National Tournament in the 1970s. Always a talented athlete, she also continued to mentor bowlers and to assist with the bowling leagues at Thunderbird Lanes, working even after Herb’s death in 1999 until her own retirement in 2007 at the age of 85. In recognition of her bowling expertise, Louise was inducted into the National Bowling Hall of Fame in St. Louis, MO, in 1984 and the LaPorte Bowling Hall of Fame in 1985 in addition to being awarded a lifetime membership in the USBC.

Also known as a skilled homemaker, Louise designed and tailored both men’s and women’s clothing, crocheted afghans, created award-winning needlepoint and embroidered pictures, and routinely produced culinary delights from her kitchen. She took special pleasure throughout her life in caring for wildlife, taking long, brisk walks, playing cards with friends, and maintaining her garden, flowers and lawn. She consistently exhibited a zest for life, a robust sense of humor, and a contagious optimism which were greatly admired by all who knew her. Louise lived her faith through everyday acts of kindness, forever inspiring every person whose life she touched.

Always a loving wife and a proud mother and grandmother, Louise is survived by her son, Terry Wayne Timm, and his wife, LeeAnna; two stepchildren, Kenneth Herbert Olson and Christine Olson Sonnichsen; two daughters-in-law, Carolyn Olson and Carol Marovich Olson; two grandchildren, Nathan Timm and Leila Timm Parker; five step-grandchildren, Mark Sonnichsen, Jimmy Olson, Jenna Olson, Christine Olson Fry and Eric Olson; two great-grandchildren, Laelia Parker and Kai Parker; and three step-great-grandchildren, Desna Olson, Taylor Sonnichsen and Jayden Sonnichsen. Also surviving are two sisters, Wanda Sue Factor of Moore, OK, and Kathryn O’Neal of Duncan, OK.

Louise was preceded in death by her parents, both spouses, five brothers, and her stepson, James Michael Olson.

A graveside service celebrating her life will be conducted at Patton Cemetery, LaPorte, on Thursday, March 14, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Carl Galloway officiating. Haverstock Funeral Home and Cremation Services, LaPorte, is handling arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st St. STE 100, Indianapolis, IN 46209-4830.

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