Ann Louise Francom Olsen
December 6, 1941 – November 29, 2019
Our angel mother, Ann Louise Francom Olsen passed away peacefully at the age of 77 years on November 29, 2019 of natural causes. Ann is fondly remembered by family and friends for her radiance of love and kindness, her devotion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and for her delightful sense of humor.
Born three months premature, Ann was delivered on December 6, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, the day before Pearl Harbor was bombed at the onset of World War II. She was the third child and only daughter of her loving parents, Reva Christensen and Gordon Joseph Francom. Shortly thereafter, the family moved back to Utah and she was raised in the small and supportive community of American Fork.
Some of Ann’s most cherished memories stem from the relationships she developed with dear friends in the Columbia Village neighborhood who attended the same schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. A 1960 graduate of American Fork High School, Ann was chosen as a representative student of her class to speak during graduation exercises and was also a cheerleader. She looked forward to and attended most of her high school reunions over the past 60 years.
Following high school graduation, Ann attended BYU and was selected to be part of the inaugural Honors Program. Though family circumstances prevented her from graduating, she emphasized to each of her posterity the importance of completing a college education and has found great satisfaction in their personal, professional and educational accomplishments.
Ann held many church positions including Young Women’s President, Relief Society Counselor and was a dedicated visiting teacher. A gifted musician, she served as ward organist for her local congregations for nearly 30 years. During her teen years she sang in a trio and was a piano accompanist for many performances throughout her life. She understood the value of good music and helped her children learn to sing, play the piano and violin, and constantly sought out opportunities for our lives to be enriched with uplifting and wholesome cultural experiences.
Ann married Ron Ellis Olsen on May 12, 1962. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Manti Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her greatest joys came from her personal worship as a devoted disciple of Jesus Christ and from her family, which grew to include nine children, 34 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Ann and Ron were well known for their Rocking “O” horse trailer business in Nephi, Utah during the 1960’s and early 1970’s. It was during this time period that their two-year-old son Rick drowned. The positive and faith-filled way they dealt with his sudden death and their consistent efforts to keep his memory alive has proven a great source of inspiration and strength to the entire family.
In 1976, Ann and her family moved to Flagstaff, AZ and then in 1988 to Mesa, AZ. In each location, lasting friendships were cultivated that Ann cherished throughout her life. She was a hard worker and held full-time jobs for many years. She began working for the Mayo Medical Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ in 1990 and valued the relationship she had with renowned urologist Dr. David Utz, for whom she was a medical secretary. Ann retired in 2006. A great blessing of her employment was the outstanding treatment she has received over the years from caring medical professionals, many of whom were personal friends.
For the past several years, Ann lived in a casita next door to her son Rand and Shelly Olsen, who lovingly cared for her and helped to meet her daily needs. We wish to express gratitude for their goodness and dedication to mom’s happiness and well-being. Additionally, the family expresses gratitude for the nurses who helped her to be comfortable in the last days of her life.
Ann looked forward to being reunited with her loved ones who had preceded her in death including her parents Gordon and Reva Francom, brother David, husband Ron Olsen, son Rick Don Olsen, and grandson Thaddeus Gordon Veal.
She is survived by eight children: Ron A. Olsen (Karrissa); Russell G. Olsen (Diana); Rand S. Olsen (Shelly); Robin A. (Joseph Robert) Wirthlin; Rachelle R. (Kevin) Olsen-Veal; Roxane R. (Stephen) Whyte; Ryan C. Olsen; Rebecca L. (Alan) McHood.
Though we have said goodbye for now, we know that she will continue on as our angel mother, watching over all of us.
Friends and loved ones are invited to attend the following services to celebrate her life. A viewing will be held on Wednesday, December 4 from 6-8pm at Green Acres Mortuary, 401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ. Funeral services will take place at 11:00am on Thursday, December 5 at the Cloud Creek Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 21915 E. Cloud Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 9:30 to 10:30am.
Interment will take place on Saturday, December 7 in the Levan, Utah Town Cemetery. Afterward, a Memorial Service will be held at 12:30pm in Mapleton, Utah at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel located at 1068 South 1600 West Highway 89.
- Family Visitation Open to Public Wednesday, December 4, 2019
- Visitation Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, December 5, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, December 7, 2019
Ann Louise Francom Olsen
Jared and Pamela Palmer
December 5, 2019
Our condolences to the Olsen family. We love you and grieve with you! Your mother and grandmother is a wonderful person. We were blessed to know her.
December 2, 2019
I love Ann, and I have done so for many years. I first met her when she was a cheerleader for American Fork High School. A few years later, we both ended up living near each other as neighbors in Nephi. We had a lot in common--we were both active members of our ward, we were both young mothers and we both liked to read and study. She was a loveable, sweet, kind and gentle person who was also a loyal friend. She kept confidences and could be trusted. Her children and my children were almost one on one as far as ages were concerned so there was lots of companionship between them. I have lots of favorite stories. One Christmas Ann and I made leather vests for sale. Her daughter, Robin, and my daughter, AnnMarie, were close. When she was little, AnnMarie called Robin, "Wobin," and neither of them noticed it. Rusty did not like the way I made macaroni and cheese because his mom's was much better. When I was expecting one of mine, her youngest daughter at the time thought I was hiding a basketball under my dress. I was her friend when Rusty was injured and when Ricky died and when their shop burned down. I marveled at her strength through it all. She was Young Women's President while here. Later, she was in another Young Women's presidency, and she stopped by here with a group of girls who slept on my floor in sleeping bags. They left the next day for Manti to see the pageant. When she was driving from Arizona to American Fork when they moved, she would usually stop and visit for a short time. Over the years, she continued to foster our friendship. I was a full year older, we both have December birthdays, and I feel so sad that I will be without her. I will miss my good friend.
December 2, 2019
I was blessed to meet Ann when she had portraits taken with her daughter, Robin, and her family. She was beautiful, confident and caring and those attributes were felt strongly from her in the short time we were together. I enjoyed meeting her and knowing this beautiful family. After reading her incredible life story, it’s fair to say that this was a woman of marked excellence, great strength and an infallible love for her family. Prayers and love to the beautiful family she left behind. There is no doubt she will be watching over you from above.
December 1, 2019
I am so grateful you all lived near us in Nephi. I have wonderful memories of your Mom and Dad. Tonight I was thinking of two particular occasions when we watched movies together on the frontroom wall: one time was Man's Search for Happiness, and another was Tora, Tora, Tora (if I remember right). Those were wonderful years, especially during the summers, playing in the backyards and empty areas, riding bikes allover, running into each other's houses for water and snacks, I don't know how our mom's kept up with the cups and snacks.
So sorry to hear of her somewhat sudden passing. I think of you all frequently and our prayers are with you.
December 1, 2019
What an awesome lady! She endured life well even through difficult times. My sincere condolences to her children and loved ones.
Ann Ealey Shumway
November 30, 2019
You mom was always so kind. She had such a sweet, positive spirit about her. I’ve thought about her and your family many times over the years. May the peace of the gospel be with your family now and always.