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November 4, 1926 ~ December 6, 2022 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Phyllis Olson Hickman was born in Elbow Lake Minnesota on November 4, 1926. She is at peace now
with her husband of 61 years, John. She was preceded in death by her husband, two of her sons,
Michael and John, parents Rosella and Henry Olson and her brothers Donovan and Harvey Olson.
Many friends and tables of Bridge were awaiting her arrival.
Phyllis graduated from Elbow Lake HS and moved to Minneapolis MN to attend Secretarial College. After
taking the civil service exam, Phyllis traveled to San Francisco at age 19 to assist with Troops and War
Brides returning from war. She then moved to Puerto Rico and became secretary to the Base
Commander of Ramey Air Force Base.
Leaving Puerto Rico 4 years later with her fiancé John, the couple were married in 1952 and resided in
North Carolina, Phyllis working allowing John to finish college and embark on a 30-year career with the
Veterans Administration. Moving at least 6 times before retiring in 1989, Phyllis enjoyed entertaining,
traveling and reading, and was an avid volunteer. She made many friends wherever she went.
Despite difficult times, Phyllis and John enjoyed life and after retiring to Las Vegas, they played more
bridge, golfed and took cruises. After Johns passing in 2013, Phyllis made new friends at the BC senior
Center and played bridge and lunched out often until age 94, then she enjoyed coffee out with her
favorite son in law and hanging out with her daughter and granddaughter. She was always up for an
Phyllis is survived by her daughter Susan (Duncan) and granddaughter MaryRose of Boulder City, son
Jeffrey and great granddaughter Harmony and family of Washington State.
Our family is so grateful to some exceptional caregivers and to Infinity Hospice who lovingly became
Phyllis will be with her husband and sons at the Boulder City Veterans cemetery. She is and forever will
be greatly missed. Love you Mom.