Rue E Olson

November 1, 1928October 28, 2012
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Rue E. Olson, 83, of Bloomington, passed away at 7:11 p.m. on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at her home.

She was born November 1, 1928 in Chicago, daughter of Paul H. and Martha Fick Meyers. She married Richard L. Olson on July 18, 1964 in Bloomington.

Surviving are her husband of Bloomington; two daughters, Catherine Cloyd of Bloomington and Karen (Ralph) Raulli of Mt. Prospect; three step-children, David (Cathy) Olson of Indianapolis, IN, Pamela Fuller and Eric Olson, both of Bloomington. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Chris (Ginger) Cloyd, Jennifer Cloyd and Nicole Cloyd, all of Bloomington and Ashley Raulli of Mt. Prospect; two great-grandchildren, Chase Cloyd and Alex Cloyd, both of Bloomington and several step-grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one step-son, Robert Olson and one brother, Paul Meyers. Rue attended Northwestern University.

She worked for IAA Farm Bureau for 44 years, first as an accountant in the Chicago office, then transferred to Bloomington where she was first the librarian and retired in 1996 as the Director of Library Services. After her retirement from IAA, she worked as the office manager and secretary for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Bloomington for 16 years, where she was also a member and librarian, retiring in June of 2012. She also worked part-time for H & R Block in Bloomington and volunteered with VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Association). Rue was a lifelong member of the Special Libraries Association; a member of the American Library Association and a charter member of the Mended Hearts, Inc, Chapter 250 in Bloomington.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 3516 White Eagle Drive, Bloomington, IL, with the Rev. Chad D. Lueck officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday at East Lawn Funeral Home in Bloomington. Entombment will be at East Lawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomington following services.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church or to Mended Hearts, Inc, Chapter 250, 423 Priscilla Ln, Bloomington, IL 61704. Online condolences and tributes may be shared with the family at

We will remember our loving wife and mother, grandmother and friend as a very proper and gracious woman - always a lady until the end. She was always loving and giving and would do anything to help others. We will miss her smile and beautiful blue eyes of which she always received many compliments. We love you and will miss you, but we know that you will be watching over us from heaven where we will see you again someday.


  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 3, 2012
  • Visitation Friday, November 2, 2012

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Danette Duch

November 2, 2012

I am very sorry for your loss, my very deepest Sympathy.

November 1, 2012

Mrs. Olson is my sister-in-law's mother. I have know her for over 20 years and all of us as a family have shared many happy moments together. She is a wonderful and compassionate soul who I am glad to have met in this life. She will be misssed and remembered.
Emily Madrid

Mary Beth Harrison

November 1, 2012


You and your family are all in my prayers.

November 1, 2012

I have had the luxury of knowing Rue for about a year now.I met her when her daughter Cathy and I started dating. From day one I could tell that family and church where the most important things in her life. She clung to those like it was her favorite teddy bear.Rue had too many fine qualities to mention. I see alot of these qualities in her children and grandchildren.She will be deeply missed. Jeff McDowell

Tina Goldman

November 1, 2012

Karen, peace be with you and your family.

October 31, 2012

I worked with Rue on the IAA Building Committee that over sighted COUNTRY Financial's involvement with the library. She always did her best for those she served. My sympathies on your loss. Deanna Frautschi

Debbie Golden

October 31, 2012

Rue was my boss from 1979 until her retirement in 1996. She hired me and within a few months of my employment my mother passed. She came to my mother's visitation and was there for me as though she had known me all my life. She also went to the doctor with me a few times. Rue was a very good person and I feel privileged that I got to know her. I feel like she is already the director of "God's Library." Rue will not be forgotten.

Fiona Horsewill

October 31, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Please accept my deepest sympathies

Sally Zuhn

October 31, 2012

My deepest sympathies to all of Rue's family. I worked for Rue in the IAA Library in the late 70's. She was a wonderful boss who inspired all of us with a love of libraries and library work. She focused on her employees' success even more than her own. Because of her support, I was able to take advantage of tuition aid at work and begin my Master's degree. She was also a role model for women in management at a time when that was not as common. I feel lucky to have known Rue Olson.

October 31, 2012

Rue was my boss at the Farm Bureau from 1978 to 1987, but you wouldn't categorize her as a boss. She was a mentor before the concept became popular. She had confidence in me and gave me a lot of responsibility when I was still quite young and I have tried to emulate her approach in my own career. She will not be forgotten
Nancy Armstrong