Hope Halladay Olsen

1956 ~ 2022

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Hope Halladay Olsen


Sandy, UT – On December 10, Hope Halladay Olsen passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family, following a valiant 3-year battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Hope was born to Albert and Sydnee Halladay on July 24, 1956 in Provo, Utah. She grew up in the Sandy area and attended Hillcrest High School where she was Senior Class Secretary and a member of the Pep Club.

Hope married her high school sweetheart, Rex “Lynn” Olsen, on January 3, 1975; they were sealed together for time and all eternity on August 12, 1977 in the Salt Lake Temple. A devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Hope served in many callings over the years. A particular rewarding experience was an inner-city mission with Lynn in the Laotian-Thai Ward where she developed a deep love for the people and culture of the community she served.

Hope was beautiful and talented. She was Sandy’s Jr. Miss in 1973, later becoming a Junior Miss Judge. That same year, she was a model for JC Penney. She was artistic and particularly skilled in calligraphy, which she did for a time for O.C. Tanner. She also played the piano and flute and had a great appreciation for music.

Hope had a great impact on others through her high-spirited energy and laughter. She loved to make others smile and was known for her kindness and generosity. Whether scrapbooking, making a quilt, or editing a book, Hope was always busy with some project, often to help out a friend or neighbor. She was enthusiastic about learning new things and found much meaning in genealogy work and exploring her ancestry. She found beauty in God’s creations and was delighted to view horses, geese, deer and other wildlife on long drives with her husband. She enjoyed getting her hands in the dirt while gardening, listening to the birds in her backyard, and watching the sunset.

Hope found tranquility and a deep connection to nature in her vacations to Hawaii. She enjoyed visiting the Northeast, spending time at her condo in St. George, and waterskiing in Lake Powell with her family and friends. Hope cherished her life with her husband, Lynn, who she considered her best friend and her “rock.” Their loving and tender relationship is a source of inspiration for all who knew them. Hope was a loving and fiercely devoted mother and grandmother. She had special and unique relationships with each of her four children and found so much joy in being a grandmother (“Bomma”) to her wonderful grandchildren, spread from coast to coast.

Hope is preceded in death by her mother, Sydnee Halladay. She is survived by her father, Albert Halladay; siblings Shawn (Karen), Gay, and Hal (Gina); beloved husband, Lynn; children, Clint (Tania), Carrie (Bob), Jared (Kaytie), and Jaime; grandchildren Haley (Tyler), Ashley, Nicoll, Annie, Ellie, Jake, Finn, Sophie and Salvatore; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Hope will forever be in our hearts and memories.

There will be a viewing on Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) Sandy, UT 84092.

A second viewing will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 11:30 am at the Canyon View Stake Center, 9119 South 1300 East, Sandy, UT 84094. Funeral services will follow at 1:00 pm at the same location.

Interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 S.) Sandy, UT 84092.

Those wishing to view the services via Zoom can click the "Watch Services" button or follow the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/av9k5ubRiGkJkM9YI_pvW00oWzX4C0LCcQQL5BxRHSRjcAEjZAp8KkAX67PFjCD6.X78JyrGCq7I8z1jt?startTime=1671305433000


My memories of Hope are full of sunshine & warmth. She was always sweet and kind to me whenever I was blessed to be around her . My deepest sympathy to Lynn and all of my cousins. What an amazing woman that touched so many peoples hearts. May God welcome her in to his kingdom.

- Latisha Olsen

Querido Clint y familia les deseamos paz, consuelo, fuerza y muchísimo amor en este momento tan triste”. un ángel los cuidara siempre.

- Familia Estrada Palacios-Lima Peru

MY friend LYNN, After seeing hopes young picture i do remember her. So sorry for youre loss. Keep youre head up hi

- dale marchant

Halladay and Olsen family I'm so sorry for the heartache you're feeling. Prayers for comfort and peace and strength. My deepest sympathy for the loss of your loved one

- Paula Pardee

RIP Hope you were always a special person, it's like they say, it's always the good ones that go young.

- Severson Danny

Condolence po sa inyo buong pamilya..elder Olsen...ingat po kayo palagi..

- Shanilah Intal Reyes

Hello Lynn. I was sure sorry to hear of Hopes passing and what she passed from. May you and your family be blessed with strength, grace, peace and love, while going through this difficult time. My condolences,
Melani Bagley aka Olsen

- Melani Bagley

Growing up in Sandy I have many fond memories being around Hope and the Olsens. Me Scott, Clint, Trace, and Ryan Peck were always in and out of their home playing Nintendo, throwing snowballs at cars, or having sleep overs…things that kids today don’t do anymore. Hope was always nice and good to everyone. When I learned of Hope’s condition I reached out to her on Facebook and she messaged back which meant a lot. I was impressed with positive outlook and handling everything with such grace. A great person who touched the lives of many.

To Lynn and my old friend Clint and the rest of the Olson Family our thoughts are prayers are with you.

- Jason Whetman

Olsen family,

We loved Hope and living next to your wonderful family. Hope was a positive influence in out children's lives, our lives, and she will be deeply missed.

Love and prayers,

The Simpson Family,

- The Simpson family

Hope Olsen was one of one! Hope was one of the warmest people I've ever met. Always there to greet me with a smile and a hug, her light was always bright. I thank Hope for contributing to a wonderful youth experience and for raising such wonderful human beings (Clint, Carrie, Jared, Jaime) with Lynn. She taught me to ski and to make triple-decker peanut 🥜 butter and jelly 😋 sandwiches. She was always a source of comfort whenever life wasn't adding up. I always felt better in her presence. I'll miss her gentle spirit and the warmth of her embrace. Til we meet again Hope! I love you.

- Nathan Peck

I’m so sorry to hear of Hope’s death. She was such a fighter with so much courage! She’ll leave a hole forever in our hearts! I’m thrilled for Hope to finally be rid of her disease and its limitations! I’m sure her mother was happy to be reunited! Love and prayers for Lynn and all your family.

- Jaydene Washburn Zarbock

What a wonderful person inside and out! I am so blessed to have known Hope. She was an angel here on earth and now she gets to be one in heaven.

- Pam Jones