Linda K. Olsen-WoolseyMay 15, 1953 ~ August 6, 2019 (age 66)
Linda K. Olsen, daughter of the late Arlene and Charles Olsen was born May 16, 1953 in Marshalltown, Iowa. She attended the public schools of Marshall county. At an early age she fell in love with and had great respect for nature and the outdoors. She spent much time at the family cabin on the Lake of the Woods in Ontario, Canada. These moments at the cabin were among her favorite childhood memories and would have a lasting impact on the woman she would become.
As a young adult, Linda worked in multiple roles with one of the largest midwestern modeling agencies in the U.S. where she was recognized for her own beauty and made her way onto pages of magazines and other print media for national fashion retailers. At one point in her career, Linda was invited to represent one of the leading international haircare companies and beauty design schools, Paul Mitchel. Paul Mitchel was known for leading the industry in hair design and avant garde hair styles since the 1980’s. On one occasion Linda was selected to participate in a demonstration at a hair show, where her stylist clipped away to demonstrate the up and coming designs. When her stylist completed his work of art, the audience applauded, leaving Linda to cope with the most dreadful hairstyle of her life.
But Linda was a fearless, resilient and responsible woman who epitomized the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going.” She was also selfless and possessed a strong affection for people, children and animals. Once walking along the shores of Rampart Reservoir in Pikes National Forest, a favorite place that she and her husband Kirk enjoyed fishing and hiking, they were confronted by an aggressive breed of dog, who came running full speed toward them from a distance. Kirk was getting nervous, but Linda calmly and fearlessly crouched down to meet the dog face-to-face. The dog stopped a few feet in front of her, relinquishing all aggression. Linda was a fearless but compassionate person who desired to love and be loved.
Like most of us Linda faced many life challenges with enthusiasm and zest, but like all of us, she was human being who made mistakes and often struggled meeting those challenges the way she wanted to. None of us are invincible. Linda struggled with alcoholism throughout her adult life. For the most part she would claim victory over life’s trials, while other times she succumbed to this awful disease, rendering her into something that she was not, nor wanted to be.
Linda had a pure heart and a love that she gave freely. Later in life, she came to know a compassionate and forgiving God who loved her in a way that every devoted Christian knows. She loved her heavenly father like her earthly father and leaned on Him for things she was not always able to obtain here on Earth. She had a personal relationship with Christ who provided her with what she needed and worked diligently to fill in the cracks that made her human. Linda had perseverance which built character, and she had hope in God’s work, but He had other plans for her in heaven as she passed away on August 6th from complications of COPD. Linda wanted more than anything to be without blemish, but as we all know, we all fall short. God’s work will continue.
Linda was survived by her loving husband, Kirk Woolsey, step-daughter Rebecca Smith; her son and daughter-in-law Bret and Jennifer Hotz and their children Sabin, Hannah, Jordan, and Brooklin; her daughter and son-in-law Mackenzie and Michael Mesher; her brother Craig, and his wife Sheri, and other extended family members.