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  • Sharon Lee Olson

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  • Sharon Lee Olson, 75, of Medford, Oregon passed away Saturday June 21th, 2014. The last of four daughters born to Mary Elizabeth Taylor Harden and Ross Harden.
    That's me. I was born on April 28, 1939, upstairs in my grandparents house on fifth street in Ashland.
    It may not be proper for an obit to be written first person but it feels right to me and I didn't want someone else to do it.
    I grew up between Fourth and Fifth streets, at 556 B. The schools I attended were Lincoln Elementary, Ashland Junior High, and I graduated from Ashland High School in 1957. It would take three sessions of college to earn my degree in writing.
    In 1961 I married my high school sweetheart, Clyde Olson. We have three children, Bryan Olson (Kathy), Holly Olson, and Jenny Woods. We have nine grandchildren, Josh Hicks (Sierra), Alissa Baker (Everett), Jaiden Olson,
    Thomas Woods, Ashley Palmer (Wes), Ben Woods,
    Gary Woods, ShyAnne Woods and Joey Woods; and two great-grandchilren, Colby and Reese Hicks.
    My family lived in and loved Ashland for many years. My maternal grandfather was born at Lithia Springs, which the family homesteaded. Grampa, William Taylor, was born there, as was my mother, Mary Taylor. My three sisters, Anita Coy (Tony), Shirley Barraclough (Ned) and Jean Pope (Jack) were all born in Ashland, as I was.
    For many years I worked at Busch-Baker Insurance Agency. In later years I was an artist for the Jackson County Library system. Later I was employed as a freelance writer/photographer for small area newspapers. My last best-loved job was teaching creative writing (and sometimes cartooning) to adults and children through SOU and RCC.
    I was preceded in death by my parents, my stepfather, Rex Lane, and my sisters.
    I am survived by my husband, Clyde, our three children, their children and two of their children as well as many well-loved cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
    My family asks that in lieu of flowers, you donate to a favorite charity and do an unexpected kindness for someone and tell each other, "I love you."
    A Memorial Service will be held at Emigrant Lake (group picnic area "C") on July 19 at 12:00 p.m. Bring a favorite dish and a favorite story.
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