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Obituary for Rita Mae Olson
Rita Mae (Robertson) Olson, 84, of Brandon, Florida, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2017 at Cross Terrace Senior Care in Dunedin, Florida following a valiant battle with Alzheimer's. Born December 13, 1933 in Pontotoc, Oklahoma to the late Otis Buford and Pansy Ella Robertson, Rita was raised a “Sooner Boomer”. She married Claire W. Olson, her late beloved husband of 62 years, and became a devoted Air Force wife and mother. In addition to being active in social and charitable activities, she was a Red Cross volunteer as a young woman and later held various positions in Human Resources, including MacArthur Dairy and Dean Foods. After years of military life and raising four children, Rita and Claire made their home in Brandon for over 20 years where they were members of St. Andrews United Methodist Church and active in Joy Club. Rita treasured her husband and family above all else. She was a woman of great beauty, character and grace who met life’s challenges with strength and determination. Rita is also preceded in death by brothers, Delvin, Richard and Otis Robertson and sister, Venita Robertson Rozzell. Rita is survived by her brother, Jerry Robertson; her children, Valerie Mikorski (Phil Grooms), Venita Olson (Drew Demakis), Steve Olson (Karen) and Vicki Olson; her grandchildren, Tony Mondor (Kristin), Tracy Wayne (Jeremy), Michael Mikorski (Monique Sexton), Evan Bullock, Matthew Olson, Michelle Olson and Kyle Kepner; her great grandchildren, Gavin and Elyse Mondor, Brandon, Chase and Trevor Wayne and Kaydence and Christian Mikorski; as well as nieces, nephews and close friends. Rita’s family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the many who worked with them to provide care and maintain the highest quality of life possible for their Mother. The private companions at Life Made Simpler, LLC., who filled her days with companionship, laughter and tenderness; the staff at Cross Terrace Rehabilitation for providing a comfortable, caring and safe environment; the geriatric care managers at Aging Care Advocates for their professional guidance and Wolf Elder Law for their counsel.