OLSEN, BETTY MAE Betty Mae Olsen, age 79, of Torrance, California passed away August 20, 2010 at Torrance Memorial Hospital from complications of leukemia and pneumonia. She was surrounded by her loving family. Betty was born in Torrance, California, on October 1, 1930 and grew up in Inglewood. She graduated from Inglewood High School in 1948 and immediately went to work across the street for Pacific Bell as a line assigner for 40 years. She has been married to her husband, Richard W. Olsen, for 52 years. They shared many wonderful experiences together especially fishing in the High Sierras, bowling, watching movies, and cheering on the Angels and Dodgers. Betty also showed her music loving side with her daughter Linda. They attended many rock shows together - everything from, Alice Cooper and Kiss to Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash. Betty loved it all. She loved experiencing new things with the people she loved. Betty also loved Elvis Presley, Randy Johnson (Arizona Diamondbacks), gourmet cooking for her family, gardening, and spending time with her only grandson. Her daughter, Linda, and grandson, Steven, were the apples of her eye. One of her greatest joys in life was watching her daughter coach Steven at West Torrance Little League. Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Ida Mae Ferari, and father, James C. Ferari. Betty is survived by her husband, Richard W. Olsen; daughter, Linda M. Olsen, and grandson, Steven J. Olsen. She has touched so many people in her life time with her kindness and loving ways - she will be deeply missed. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time, especially the Torrance Memorial transitional care center and doctors for their unbelievable dedication and support. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 28, at 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Mortuary's Lighthouse Reception Room. A short graveside service and internment will follow at Inglewood Park Cemetery.

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  1. Dear Linda, Steven, and Richard, Just wanted to tell you how sorry I am about the death of your wife/mom/grandmother. I remember her fondly as Steven’s grandma. I know she loved him so much. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Take care. XXOO Kim Nokes

  2. Mr. Olsen, Linda and Steven- I am deeply saddened by hearing of your loss. I am so grateful that I was able to know your wife/mom/grandmother while Steven attended preschool. She was truly a terrific lady. I’m sure she will be sorely missed. My best thoughts and prayers go out to you all in this most difficult time. Michelle

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