Beth Jeanine Olmstead

July 16, 1959July 4, 2018
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Beth Olmstead’s dazzling, joyful life force lit up each and every room she entered, beginning on July 16, 1959, at her birth in Escalon, California, and forever changing the world for the better in the decades that followed. The fourth child of Warren and Beverly Fowler, she grew up in Idaho and California laughing, crying, and scheming with her beloved sisters Laurie and Julie, who delighted in her unabashed sense of fun and enthusiasm for life.

Beth, always a brilliant and driven student, grew into a beautiful, kind woman with shining eyes, and a strong sense of self. She embraced every opportunity to live to the fullest and threw herself into every activity available at Murtaugh High, including cheerleading, track and basketball, graduating in 1977. She followed her sister to Idaho State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education, and her Master’s Degree in Education Administration. She was a natural fit in education, where she chose to direct her multitude of talents, and her passion for making a difference by teaching and inspiring, leading and loving countless students, colleagues, and her entire community.

Beth taught 6th grade for two years at Bickel Elementary, before she moved to Lincoln. She was never afraid of a challenge, and when presented with the opportunity to lead Lincoln Elementary as principal 18 years ago, Beth unhesitatingly dove in headfirst. She adored her students, colleagues and her work, and she fostered a sense of family, fun, and dedication in which the children and the staff under her care could bloom and thrive. The state and nation recognized her with numerous awards for her leadership of a Title I school, and she was a fearless advocate for kids, especially those who are disadvantaged in our community. Her energy, compassion, and dedication made all the difference at Lincoln and to the world beyond, as she fought for the dignity and right of every child, regardless of circumstances, to learn and to have futures filled with kindness and opportunity. Her exuberant leadership improved the Twin Falls school district and she even recently testified before the Idaho Legislature on behalf of all of Idaho’s children and educators.

But above all, Beth was a force of radiant, abundant love for her family. She married Bob, the love of her life, on August 3, 1996. Beth beamed happiness and warmth to surrounding friends and family, new and old, as she walked down the sun-streaked aisle barefoot in her beautiful, rose-scented garden. It was the start of Bob and Beth’s life of love, happiness, teamwork, laughter, and countless adventures together--indeed, Beth had a talent for making anything and everything an adventure.

Of all her passions, her children reigned supreme. To her great joy and delight, she became a mother when she and her first husband, Tim Crist, welcomed their oldest son Andrew, and their daughter Cara into the world in 1983 and 1986. She was an amazing mom, and she embraced every opportunity she had to share her infinite love. She expanded her family without hesitation, welcoming stepsons Nick, Jeff, and Andy Olmstead with her trademark warmth and enthusiasm, and she and Bob rounded out their brood of amazing children with the addition of their son Blaine in 1997. Beth passed on her sparkling zest for life, learning, and making a difference to her children, and she was incredibly proud that each of them have chosen paths in which they too can make a positive difference in the world. In recent years, Beth was elated to become a doting, proud, and fabulous grandmother to three beloved grandbabies--it was her favorite role yet!

Beth was happiest outdoors with her family and friends, expertly slicing through powder on Baldy while rocking fabulous new ski pants and skis, fly fishing in clear blue streams, gazing into dazzling, sunny summer skies, crying at the conclusion of her beloved Wagon Day Parade as the last hitch rolled down the street, camping at the Pacific Ocean on spring break, trading laughs with loved ones around glowing fires, and encouraging mischief in her beloved German Shepherd, Daisy.

She was preceded in death by Warren and Beverly Fowler She is survived by her beloved husband, Bob Olmstead; her cherished children Andrew (Amanda) Crist, Cara (Alex) Crist Joslin, and Blaine Olmstead, and her step sons Nick Olmstead, Jeff Olmstead, and Andy Olmstead; her adored grandchildren Carson Crist, Benson Crist, and Arlo Joslin; her sisters Julie (Roger) Toberer and Laurie (Jackson) Allred; Scott (Carla) Fowler; and countless friends, extended family, colleagues, and students.

Her hearty laugh still echoes in our ears as it did in life, her dazzling light will forever shine in our hearts, and her warm embrace, once felt, can never be forgotten. Sleep well, dear Beth. You are loved, you made a difference, you are appreciated, and you will always always always be missed.

Beth believed that every child was the future, and that each was worthy of investment in their education and well-being. She showed us the way, and it is now up to all those who loved her to take up her torch so that it may continue to shine upon students and serve as a beacon for future leaders in the years to come. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Beth’s name to the Twin Falls Education Foundation (2190 Village Park Avenue, Suite 300, TF Idaho 83301).

A viewing will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Reynolds Funeral Chapel from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, followed by a private family inurnment on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

The community is welcome to attend her Celebration of Life on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm at Canyon Crest Event Center, 330 Canyon Crest Drive, Twin Falls.

Services are under the direction of Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.

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  • Warren Fowler, Father
  • Beverly Fowler, Mother
  • Bob Olmstead, Husband
  • Andrew Crist, Son
  • Cara Joslin, Daughter
  • Blaine Olmstead, Son
  • Nick Olmstead, Step-Son
  • Jeff Olmstead, Step-Son
  • Andy Olmstead, Step-Son
  • Julie Toberer, Sister
  • Laurie Allred, Sister
  • Scott Fowler, Brother
  • Beth is also survived by her grandchildren, Carson Crist, Benson Crist, & Arlo Joslin


  • Viewing for Family and Friends Wednesday, July 11, 2018
  • Celebration of Beth's Life Sunday, July 22, 2018

Beth Jeanine Olmstead

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Sharon Warner

July 28, 2018

I am heartbroken. Beth was one of my band students, as were Laurie and Julie. Beth loved to achieve and made me laugh so much with her telling about going out to the pasture to practice her baritone horn and hearing the cows sing back at her because Bev couldn't stand to have her practice in the house. She was impossible not to enjoy and love and respect. Even though I don't know her husband, I want to send my sincerest condolences to him and to Julie and Laurie and the rest of the family. They don't come as wonderful as Beth very often. Bless all of you.

Mary Lu Barry

July 21, 2018

I was so, so sad to hear of Beth’s death on July 4th. I taught Beth (and her sister Julie) at Murtaugh when I was a new teacher. She was such a vibrant and eager student. I was fortunate to keep in touch with her throughout her career in education, meeting up with her again when I was a new administrator in the Twin Falls School District.

Sending my deepest sympathy.

Jacob Phillips

July 16, 2018

This is very sad my prayers to her family. She was my elementary school principal. Even though I got in a lot of trouble she was still my favorite principal to this day. I miss Mrs Olmstead so much although I didn’t make it to her viewing I will come to her celebration of life. I am going to finish now because I am in tears

Jacque Hamilton

July 15, 2018

To Bob and family ..... I am still reeling from the news about Beth. Occasionally someone passes through your life that is so influential, even through brief acquaintance, that they cannot be forgotten. Their footprint forever remains planted in your life.
I want to share the last thing Beth wrote me in an email .... I had proposed that perhaps you look at a "project" of a house in Filer .. and you did. Beth wrote and said, Bob and I think you should clean it up, put siding on it and walk away. Beth never walked away from anything, and it was re-affirmed to me that I was in real trouble.
I continue to work on that project, through heartache, disappointment, money, set backs and law suites .... I wanted to succeed partly for her! I will never drive past Lincoln School without thinking of her ... she was diligent, upbeat, committed, and in it to win it! Bob ... hang in there knowing she is gone for a bit, but certainly not forgotten.

jim Dalos

July 13, 2018

my condolences to the family and friends

Patrice Newman

July 13, 2018

I was very sad to hear about Beth's passing. I went to school with Julie, Beth's sister, and Beth was in the grade below me. I have great memories skiing with the Fowler girls; they were all great skiers. Reading her obituary I became aware of all her accomplishments and the full life that she led. I can see she will be greatly missed.
My deepest condolences to all her family
Patrice Newman

Cindy Turner

July 13, 2018

Didn't know Beth, but I grew up with Bob and the Olmstead family, they farmed on the next mile over from our farm. She sounded like a very special person, whom I wished I had known. My prayers and condolences go out to the families. Cindy (Brooks) Turner

Miki Amlin

July 12, 2018

I will forever remember Mrs.Olmstead!! She was the best teacher I ever had. I had the privilege of being in her class at Bickel, and I can speak for my whole class, we all loved her!! She made us all feel important and that we could all do great things in the future. She showed interest by working with me and my problems with comprehension. Because of her, I now know how to fully immerse myself in the stories I read. She always treated us with respect!! Showed love even to the problem children in our class who kicked and spit at her and screamed. She made learning fun by laughing with us, and singing every once in awhile. Her smile will be missed. Sorry to the family for your pain...

Sandee Trout

July 12, 2018

Bob, I was shocked to read that your beautiful wife had passed away. I am so sorry for your loss. Even though I never met her, I felt as though I knew her well after watching the video memorial posted here. She must have been a very engaging, fun, smart, loving lady. Hold on to the belief you will see her again. May God lighten your sorrow and lift your grief.

Mary Rios

July 11, 2018

Beth was a fun,energetic person that always had a warm smile. Blaine and Jason played ball together in junior high and high school. Beth and I always cheered our boys on from the side lines. We also worked on district committees together. I will always remember how pleasant she was and how committed she was as an educator. Please know that our family grieves with you and wants you to know we are thinking of you at this difficult time. We are praying for you, and hope that you will feel of our Heavenly Father's love wrapping his arms around you. Hold onto those special memories you have of her. She will be watching over you all as your guardian angel from above. Wish I could take away your pain at this time.
Love always,
Mary Rios and family