Cecelia Jo Olsen
Cecelia Jo Olsen
  • January 18, 1937 - December 18, 2017
  • Louisville, Colorado

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In the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, the character Ruth passes away. Her friend Idgie is devastated, but finds comfort when another friend, Sipsie, tells her "It's all right, Honey. Let her go. You know, Miss Ruth was a lady. And a lady always knows when to leave."

Cece passed away in her sleep, one month before her 81st birthday. Lifelong resident of Boulder County. Third generation Colorado pioneer. Strong woman. Fiercely independent. Mentor, colleague, guide, mom and friend to so many. A good woman with a big heart.

A lifelong avid reader, she spent most of her life with and around books. Starting out as a floor clerk at the University of Colorado Bookstore ("in the UMC"), she worked her way up to Textbook Supervisor, faithfully serving the University and students for over 34 years.

Cece also served on the Louisville (CO) Library Board. After retiring from the University, she decided she wanted to volunteer. She said she figured if she was going to volunteer, it ought to be around books. So she checked in periodicals, twice a week, for the next 20 years. Her library friends appreciated her dependability and dedication, her honesty and friendship.

She also had a passion for travel and bowling. She made many cross country drives to attend National Association of College Stores (NACS) seminars, and visit other college bookstores to learn industry best practices. She was in numerous bowling leagues, beginning at the Olympic Lanes (The Oly) in Boulder, then Coal Creek Sports Center. She competed in many local, state and national tournaments. She was inducted to the Flatirons Women's Bowling Association Hall of Fame. She finally had to give up bowling at the end of the 2014 season.

Throughout her life she helped people. She was a steadfast friend and a champion for her daughters. She loved "her" Buffaloes, and had season football tickets for many years. She also was loyal to the Broncos, Rockies and Avs.

She never, ever gave up. She kept her chin up, her head high, and did it all (mostly) her way, right to the end. She joins her parents, daughter Laurie, and many dear friends and other family members as a star in the sky, and in our hearts.

At her request, Cece will be cremated. There will be a Celebration of her life in early summer 2018. Details pending.

In her honor, please consider donating your time, or books, to your local libraries, support your local independent bookstores, read a Dick Francis book. He was her favorite author.

And, please support your local bowling centers! Agitate for Adult Bumper Leagues ;>D

With much love, gratitude and admiration ...