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Marilou Olsen

December 12, 1947 - November 11, 2020
Paw Paw, MI



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National Kidney Foundation
(800) 622-9010
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Taylor's Florist and Gifts
215 E. Michigan Ave.
Paw Paw, MI 49079
(269) 657-6256
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1830 S. Westnedge
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
(269) 349-4961
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Life Story / Obituary


Age 72, died on November 11, 2020. Marilou was born December 12, 1947 in Vicksburg, the daughter of Arthur and Una (Schingledecker) Smith.

Marilou shared her zest for life with everyone around her. She loved crafting and maintained a garden that would rival even the best from any magazine. In her younger years, she was known to enjoy an evening out to dance the night away with her husband, Terry. Known as her family’s social director, she often brought everyone together for reunions, cookouts, our just good fun. Nothing brought Marilou greater joy than being close to those she loved.

Marilou was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Arthur “Roy” Smith. Surviving are her husband, Terry; children: Erik (Kerri) Olsen, Clint (Michelle) Olsen, Amanda (Eric) Musson, William Keene, Robert (Jeannia) Keene; grandchildren: Mason, Callie, Sara, Melissa, Rachel, Adam, Ashley, and Derek; great-grandchildren: Lily, Delmar, and Robert; siblings: Charlotte (Lynn) Dehollander, Bonnie (Harry) Miller, Pam (Willie) Wilson, Nancy (John) Crabtree, Marcia Heath, and Steve Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Cremation has taken place. A celebration will be held in the spring. Visit Marilou’s personal webpage at www.BetzlerLifeStory.com where you may read her Life Story, archive a favorite memory or photo, and sign her online guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to National Kidney Foundation. Arrangements by Betzler & Thompson Life Story Funeral Home, 60900 M-40 Hwy, Paw Paw (269) 657-3870.