OBITUARY

Jeanette Olesen

August 23, 1939May 1, 2021
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Jeanette Olesen – a supportive and loving wife, a nurturing mother and amazing grandmother - was called home to be with her Lord, unexpectedly on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Jeanette was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas August 23, 1939. She graduated from Sulphur Springs High School with honors and completed a BS in Education from University of Texas A&M, Commerce. While attending college and for a year following graduation, she worked as a secretary at First Baptist Church, Sulphur Springs. She began teaching fifth grade in Corsicana, Texas, and there she met Spencer Olesen and they were married in 1965. They moved to Grand Prairie, Texas where she taught for 30 years in Grand Prairie ISD getting awards for her teaching expertise. She and Spencer had two children, Anne Turner and Brad Olesen. She followed them to every soccer game, dance recital, baseball game, band performance, drill team performance and piano recital.

During those years she managed to be a wonderful wife for Spencer. Together, they were inseparable – until you saw or tasted her cooking. Then, you knew who the real star in the show was. If you knew Jeanette, you knew her desserts – particularly her meringue pies – were works of art. At church, she loved singing and speaking in the special programs at First Baptist Church of Arlington and Grand Prairie. She was the secretary of The Master Singers at FBC-Arlington, and rarely missed a practice or performance. Anyone she met will remember her for her nurturing spirit. Whether it was mission trips with the youth groups or her active involvement in tours with The Master Singers, she gave her life to making everyone smile and be attentive to making the world a brighter place.

She is survived by her husband, Spencer of 54 years, two children – Dr. Brad Olesen of Lewiston, Maine, and Anne Turner and Dr. Scott Turner of Denison, Texas and their four children – Jack, Sydney, Hayden and Kate Turner – who will miss her creative gifting, wonderful hugs and chocolate pies/chocolate chip cookies. She was preceded in death by her parents - Jasper and Gladys Mills, sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Lowell McKinley, and her brother and sister-in-law, Gary and Clara Mills.

Visitation with family (and desserts) will be held at First Baptist Church of Arlington at 1 p.m. Immediately following will be a Celebration of Life memorial service at 2 p.m.

Memorials in her honor would be welcomed to Kids Inc. of Grand Prairie or The Master Singers of FBC-Arlington

The family wishes to thank all our friends who have wrapped their arms around us because of their love for Jeanette. To leave an online condolence, please visit Moore-Funeralhome.com

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 7, 2021

  • Celebration of Life Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021

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Icy Kirby

May 12, 2021

Didn't know Jeanette but only heard good things about her . Worked with Spencer at Verizon Theatre . Spencer I am praying for you n your family during your time of bereavement. May God keep your heart uplifting n filled with joy n good memories. B blessed
You friend
Icy Kirby 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Debbie Fuller

May 11, 2021

She was my 6th grade teacher at Bowie Elementary in Corsicana, TX. She was the prettiest teacher n the school and so kind. I remember when President Kennedy was shot we were about to have a test and she didn't tell us. One student went to the rest room and heard about it and announced it to the whole class She was very upset. We all loved her so much.

Judy Burgamy

May 6, 2021

Dear Spencer,
When news of Jeanette’s passing reached us it was such an emotional jolt. The first complete sentence that came out of my mouth was “I cannot imagine a Spencer without a Jeanette.” My heart is broken for what you are going through but I know that God is faithful and He will provide everything you need to get you through this sad time. I love you.
Judy Burgamy

Wanda Thurston

May 6, 2021

I was so sorry to hear of Jeanette's passing. What a blessing to have done her hair for 25 or more years. She was the picture of grace and beauty. Such a light in this world! Her memory will live on in the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known her. Praying for the Lord's peace and comfort for Spencer and family.

Mickey Arms Branum

May 5, 2021

I was in Mrs Olesen’s 5th grade class in 1967 at Crockett Elementary. It was a “split” class & she was an amazing teacher. I always wanted to be like Mrs Olesen. I’m so sorry for your families’ loss - may God hold each of you close during this time.

Janette Rorie WATSON

May 5, 2021

Spencer and family,
It was a sad day when we learned of Jeanette's death. She was such a leader at our Class Reunions. None of us will ever forget her presentation of Between The Dash at our last Reunion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all now and in the days to come.
Janette Rorie Watson
On Behalf of Class of 1957
Sulphur Springs High School

Karen Barton

May 5, 2021

Spencer,

Larry and I were saddened to hear about the loss of your sweet wife. We know it will be difficult to move forward from this great sadness. May the peace that comes from the memories of love you shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

Karen and Larry Barton

Melba and Jim Reeves

May 4, 2021

Spencer, words escape us as we think of days ahead without Jeanette. We know it seems impossible for you. What a huge vacuum it leaves in your heart. Please don't forget we are here for you. Any day, any time.
Melba And Jim

Theresa Hartnett

May 4, 2021

We are broken hearted to learn of the passing of Jeanette. She was a living angel. So sweet, encouraging, and gentle in every way. I can see her smile and hear her sweet voice now as I think of her. We are saddened for her family. I can only imagine their heartache. My prayers are with Spence, Brad, and Ann. I pray they are comforted by God through the love of many friends and family.

Linda Davis

May 4, 2021

Dear Spencer and Family,
We are so very saddened in learning of Jeannette’s unexpected death. We have loved Jeannette for many years. We loved her sweet personality and the loving ways she encouraged us and always made us feel ok about everything. If we forgot to bring our music to TMS or put it where it didn’t belong , she either found it or gave us more with a smile and her calm assurance that everything would be ok. She will be missed so much. You’re in our prayers as we go through our grief together.
Our hope is in Christ Jesus.
With our love and prayers, Linda and Dub

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