Jennifer Jane Olney

September 30, 1966November 9, 2020

Jennifer Jane Olney, 54, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020, at Unity Point Methodist Hospital, Des Moines, IA. A private funeral service will be held Monday, November 23, 1:00 pm at McLaren’s Resthaven Chapel in West Des Moines. Burial will be at Resthaven Cemetery.

Jennifer was born in Des Moines on September 30, 1966, to Gary and Mary Jane Olney. Jenny grew up in West Des Moines, where she was well liked with many friends by her side. She was a force to be reckoned with and skipped second grade graduating early from Valley High School where she was a cheerleader, Gold and Silver Color Guard, Captain of the Valley Drill Team where she choreographed many dances, Tiger Lily Synchronized Swim Team member, and Homecoming Queen candidate. She will always be remembered for her infectious smile and sense of humor. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She attended Drake University (Delta Gamma) and graduated from the University of Northern Iowa, where she was on the Panthers Dance Team. She was a quick study, voracious reader, lifelong learner, and could do almost anything she set her mind to. She previously owned and operated Surface Doctor and owned and operated Learning Express for a period of years. She attended Lutheran Church of Hope.

Jennifer’s life changed on New Year’s Eve 2005 when her first and only child, Madison Noel Olney, was born. Madison was the absolute love of her life and has inherited her mother’s intelligence, beauty, kindness, and sense of humor.

Her loving daughter, Madison Noel Olney, and her sister Melissa Ann Olney, who will always remember the laughter, tears, struggles, hugs, inside jokes, and boundless love that only sisters can share shall greatly miss Jen. Also mourning her loss are her aunts, uncle, and four cousins. Her parents preceded her in death.


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Mona Bond

November 25, 2020

My sincere sympathy to the family. I was a good friend of Mary Jane's and visited the store in WDSM several times to say hello to everyone. Jennifer was loved by her family and so many others. May the Lord give you peace at this time .

Ray Monahan

November 23, 2020

My thoughts and prayers for her family. We had an opportunity visit a while back and I enjoyed her presence at dinner when I was in Des Moines for a visit. To say I was completely shocked is an understatement. We had a long history from back in the day and the lord got a good one here. RIP. JJ. You will be missed.

Cindy McDonald-Geier

November 23, 2020

Jenny was a year ahead of me in high school and I remember looking up to her as one of the sweetest, most beautiful girls in the class. She and I attended dance lessons outside of school and I have some darling pictures of us from our dance recitals along with some of Jenny’s other classmates. As many have mentioned, Jenny was kind and generous with a wonderful spirit. She leaves an indelible mark on my heart and I’m saddened by her loss. Sending love and prayers to her family during this difficult time. ❤️🙏

Karen Cunitz Stopek

November 23, 2020

Jennifer lived across the street from me in Des Moines and we were the best of childhood friends. We spent time together playing Barbies, wearing flip flops and admiring Donny Osmond. Recently, Jennifer and I reconnected on Facebook and had mentioned getting together in person, but unfortunately, that didn't happen. My heart goes out to Melissa and Madison. I will be praying for you both.

Lisa Morgan-Moulton

November 22, 2020

My heart goes out to Madison and Melissa. Jenny was a deep and thoughtful person, extremely smart and hard-working and always so kind. She lit up every room, and the world will be much less bright without her. So many memories of Crossroads, Indian Hills and Valley. Ann, Jeni and I have so many wonderful stories with Jenny and are so thankful to have spent these early years with her. Madison and Melissa, we would love to share photos and stories any time. Your Mom/ Sister was a force for sure and we are all so fortunate to have known her. Thinking of you both.

Cindy Murphy-Salomone

November 18, 2020

I was incredibly saddened when I heard that Jenny passed away. She and I were friends as teenagers and I regret that we lost touch. As so many others have commented, Jenny was ray of sunshine, always kind and had a great sense of humor. I feel fortunate to have had Jenny as a friend.

My deepest sympathies to Jenny’s family. Sending hugs, prayers and love.

Cindy Murphy-Salomone

Lisa Staves Kash

November 18, 2020

I’m so sorry to hear about Jenny‘s passing. We were friends in high school, but unfortunately lost touch over the years. Jenny was so sweet and always had a big beautiful smile on her face. She was kind, respectful, smart and fun! My heart goes out to her family and they’ll be in my prayers.🙏🏻

Brett Halley

November 14, 2020

While our paths have crossed infrequently over recent years, there was a time when we were close friends. Jenny was so kind and had a way of making the lives of the people around her better; I will miss her smile! Hugs and Prayers to the family as you gather to celebrate her life.

Scott and Julie Cirksena

November 14, 2020

We have lost Jennifer way too soon. A young lady with so much promise and blessed with many natural gifts that made her so special. We pray for Madison and Melissa for strength, guidance and peace in this time of loss. We are always here for you. With Love, Scott, Julie, Mackenzie and Ben.

David Sims

November 13, 2020

My prayers go out to Jennifer’s daughter Madison and sister Melissa. Jennifer and I rode the bus together to Indian Hills in Junior high. I used to tease her on the bus only because I liked her. We moved to Dallas after my eighth grade year. Jennifer and I reconnected in July of 2019. I was going through a difficult time and she was there for me everyday. She was always
interested in what was going
on with my life, my daughters as I was with hers. I will miss your smile, your laugh or cackle as you called it, your messages and our late night talks. We will have our dinner date and dance someday! I’m glad we were able to be there for each other.

Love always,


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