Luanna Mae Olson


CHAMPAIGN — Luanna Mae Olson (Divine), 80, of Champaign, formerly Clinton, passed from this life on June 21, 2021, at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana.

She was born to Edith (Young) and Buel Divine on June 22, 1940, in Lamar, Mo.  They preceded her in death.

Luanna married Jim Olson on Nov. 29, 1963. Jim preceded her in death.

She is survived by two brothers, Keith (Lynn) Divine of Lamar, Mo., and John (Kerry) Divine of Joplin, Mo.; and two sisters, Bonda (Bill) Rawlings of Lamar, Mo.., and Theresa Jo (Doug) Faubion of Forsyth, Mo.

She is also survived by three daughters, Julie (Rob) Panicali of Carol Stream, Amy Olson (Angela Bennet) of Bartlett and Sarah Olson, of Peoria; and one son, Dan (Stacy) Olson, of Champaign. She was Grandma Lu to four grandchildren, Laura and Elizabeth Panicali and Nathan and Savanna Olson.

Mrs. Olson spent her lifetime teaching and caring for youth. She retired from teaching elementary school in 2000 after many years of service. She also loved teaching Sunday School, which she did for most of her life. Over the years she was a 4-H leader, a coach, and volunteered often in the community.

Later in life, she loved to scrapbook, and remained an active member and Secretary of the Champaign County Home and Community Education (CCHCE). She was also a member of the CU church.

A visitation was held on Thursday, June 24, at Owens Funeral Home, 101 N. Elm Street, Champaign, with the funeral service following.  An additional funeral service was held on Saturday, June 26, at Daniel Funeral Home, 1201 Broadway St., Lamar, MO, with a visitation one hour prior to the service.

Burial was at Peace Valley Cemetery, in Anderson, Mo.

Memorials may be made to Little Galilee Christian Assembly in Clinton, and the Heartspring School, in Wichita, Kan.

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