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Vanona Whitehead (Fisher) Olsen

March 16, 1927 ~ August 29, 2018 (age 91)

Vanona Whitehead Fisher Olsen was born in Cardston, Alberta, Canada on March 16, 1927. Her parents, Neil and Alta Easter Whitehead Fisher, and her 2 big sisters - Desta and Iris, soon moved to Missoula, Montana. As a little girl she was called "The 4-year Old Dancing Wonder" in the Missoula newspaper and she even tap-danced on the radio! She went to BYU where she met her husband Ralph Austin Olsen and they were married on August 26, 1949, in the Salt Lake Temple. They had many adventures together in Ithaca, NY, Beltsville, MD, Copenhagen, Denmark, and mostly Bozeman, MT.

They had 8 children: Ravona Kay, Beverly Carol, Gregory Neil, Karen Marie, Loren David, Paulette Irene, Miriam Fisher, and Amy Ann. She was a devoted mother who loved her children and cherished those years of caring for them and teaching them the most important lessons of life. She worked at the Student Union Building at MSU, ran her own bulk food business from home, and taught dance lessons. She held many church positions and loved to serve the Lord, but the callings she loved most were in the Boy Scouts of America. She was a Round Table commissioner for many years and Cub Master of the Year in 1981. She attended Philmont Leader Training Camp, earned her beads at Wood Badge, and earned her Scouting Doctorate Degree at Commissioner College. She received many awards including the Silver Beaver in 1995. She loved the boys and knew the Scouting values would make a difference in their lives.

In her later years, she graduated from LDS Institute, sang with the Sweet Adelines, and danced with the Tap-Dancing Grannies. She enjoyed traveling with her family and loved to go around and visit her children. She loved Lady Bugs and Hats, and especially loved being a grandma- currently 22 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren with 2 more on the way. She and Ralph moved to Vernal in 2013 to be close to daughter Karen and Tom Howcroft. Until the very end she smiled through adversity and expressed her love to all those around her, and everyone loved her in return. She is deeply adored and missed. Mom, "We love you a bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck!"

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11AM at the Ashley 2nd Ward LDS Chapel. A viewing will be held Saturday morning from 9:45-10:45AM at the church. Interment will be in the Vernal Memorial Park. Online condolences may be shared at

Donations may be made to:

Boy Scouts of America, Montana Council
820 17th Ave. S., Great Falls MT 59405
Tel: 1-406-761-6000

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