Kathleen “Kathy” Olsen of Amarillo, TX was a caring daughter, sister, aunt, niece, cousin and friend. She left this world on May 22, 2021 at age 44.
Services will be at 1:30 P.M., Wednesday, May 26, 2021, in the Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.
She was the first child born to John and Helen Olsen on October 8, 1976 in Staten Island, NY. If you knew Kathy, she was not blessed with patience right from the start of life. She rushed into the world three months early as a preemie weighing only 3lbs 2oz and 15 inches long, she fit into the palm of her father’s hand. What she lacked in patience, she made up for with fierce persistent bravery and survived against many odds.
She thrived to become a big sister to John Michael and Stacey. She took her job seriously as a big sister, she made sure to wait and collect both John and Stacey before getting on the bus. She made them sit oldest to youngest on the school bus every single day of elementary school revealing her first signs of OCD behavior. Nor John or Stacey were never ever allowed to sit in the more comfortable aisle seat.
The relationship she had with her brother and sister was rowdy, wild, joyous, festive and most of all noisy. The Three Amigos fought hard but loved harder. She was an incredible spirited teenager. She went through a ‘grunge’ phase and wore torn jeans, flannel shirts, and combat boots daily. Her greatest wish came true on a rainy day in Georgia at the age of 16, when her Dad bought her a convertible for her first car. The 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Convertible was black on black and looked amazing in the rain. The next morning revealed the real glory of Kathy’s LeBaron, it showed major signs of paint damage and taught all of us Olsen’s an important life lesson, to never buy a car in the rain. Despite its faults it had a loud radio and incredibly spacious interior. It only slightly leaked in the rain and that only encouraged Kathy’s hot-tempered impulsive passionate teenage attitude. Through no fault of her own the LeBaron turbo went out, allowing her parents to know if she was skipping school because the black billowing smoke rose to the heavens and was visible from a five-mile radius.
Kathy suffered a traumatic injury after falling from a bridge at the young age of 20 where she became paralyzed. Although she lost the use of her legs, she was determined to heal and find a new way forward. She worked incredibly hard to heal with grace and strength after the hardship life dealt her. She went on to get her master’s degree in Psychology and all her certifications to become a traumatic injury counselor. Her wish was to help others impacted by injury.
She had a great sense of pride in keeping her home clean and driving independently in her adult life. She enjoyed family meals with excessive leftovers, summer nights, boisterous laughter, great music, movies, and she was one of the earth’s greatest animal lovers, except for skunks. She hated skunks, after her beloved dog Annie was sprayed no less than 3 times last year. She was not a fan of skunks.
She is survived by her parents, Helen and John Olsen; her brother, John Michael and his wife Brianna Olsen; and her sister, Stacey and husband Allen Rushing. Kathy’s greatest joy in life was being Titi to John Alexander, Liam Conner, Scarlett Olsen and Gabriella and Olivia Rushing. Kathy had incredible aunts and uncles, Patricia and Stan Olsen, Christine and John Apollo, and Judy Caballero. Her first cousins are Stan and wife Vanessa Olsen, Kelly Olsen, Jackie and husband Andrew Mroszczak, Elizabeth Felix, Nicole and husband Frank Anthony, John Apollo, Irene and husband Lazaro Castillo, Rita and husband Jamal Bernard, Lori and husband Nick Crowe, Jennifer and husband Craig Taddonio, and Melissa and husband Robert Scalera. Her second cousins are Michael Mroszczak, Maya Mroszczak, Lillian Felix, Kristopher Cabellero, Johnny and Gino Pabon, Kamry, Stephanie, Jamaal Jr., Liam and Maali Bernard, Rosalie and Delaney Crowe, CJ Taddonio, and Charlotte Scalera.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Beatrice and John Olsen, and Rita and Israel Rivera; her uncle, Richard Olsen; her uncle, Jerry Caballero; and her second cousin and sweet angel in heaven, Lyla Faith Crowe.
Viewing will be available from 8:00 A.M. – 8:00 P.M., Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at Boxwell Brothers Funeral Home.