ELIZABETH JEANNE "BETTE" (BARTSHE) OLSEN

Born: Sun., Nov. 21, 1920
Died: Wed., Apr. 11, 2018


Memorial Service

2:00 PM Thu., Apr. 19, 2018
Location: Douglas Moose Lodge #602


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A Celebration of Life for Elizabeth Jeanne “Bette” (Bartshe) Olsen, 97, will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, April 19, 2018 at the Douglas Moose Lodge #602, 120 North Second Street, Douglas, Wyoming with Karma McIntyre and Craig Philbrick as the eulogists.  Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery.
Bette Olsen died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas surrounded by her family.
Bette was born Sunday, November 21, 1920 in Douglas, Wyoming the daughter of Leonard Henry and Grace L. (Leman) Bartshe.  She was raised in the Boxelder area near Glenrock, Wyoming with her older sister, Ruth Warnock, and younger brothers, Leonard Bartshe and James Bartshe. Bette attended Willow Dell Country School through eighth grade and graduated from Converse County High School in Douglas.  After graduation she went to work as a bookkeeper/secretary for Irwin Mills Hardware.  While working for Irwin’s she met her future husband, Martin Julius “Marty” Olsen while having lunch at the Douglas Café’.  
Marty and Bette were married on September 18, 1943.  While Marty served four years in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, Bette spread her wings and moved to Ogden, Utah.  The couple then moved back to Wyoming and raised their six children on a ranch in the Beaver Community.  After their youngest child graduated from high school, Marty and Bette moved back to her parent’s ranch on Boxelder.
After Marty’s death in 1976 Bette began furniture refinishing and became an accomplished woodworker and craftswoman and continued in her early nineties.  Her extensive talent also included creating a large collection of needle work and personally crocheted period dolls.  Of all her many creations Bette was most proud of her miniature Victorian dollhouse that she constructed from blueprints and she filled the house with her own furniture and interior decorations.      
Bette is survived by her children, Jeri (Larry) Philbrick, Marti (Bob) McNamara, Dean (Chris) Olsen, Vicki (George) Weiss, DeWayne (Chris) Olsen, and Gary (Cameo) Olsen; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-seven great grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Bette was preceded in death by her father, Leonard, on May 8, 1974; mother, Grace, on October 11, 2005; husband, Marty, on February 24, 1976; and siblings, Ruth Warnock, on March 18, 2015, Leonard Bartshe, on December 18, 1978; and James Bartshe, on March 3, 2009.    
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Ranchers’ Memorial Scholarship Fund in care of the Converse County Bank, P.O. Box 689, Douglas, Wyoming 82663 or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family.
The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com

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Beth wagstaff
   Posted Tue April 17, 2018
Kis & families of Bette, we share in your loss, you are all special to us, Beth& mal wagstaff

Shannon Lucy Batenhorst
   Posted Tue April 17, 2018
Gosh, since 1975 there isn’t a gardening moment when my hands haven’t happily dug into soil, caressed a beautiful blossom or pretty leaf, or enjoyed my flowers and especially allium without a thought of Granny O. I can clearly see her puttering around in the greenhouse at the ranch up on the Boxelder. Went out to my sunny south window in the workroom and pulled up a high stool next to my blooming geraniums, petunias, Elephant Ears, coleus...and just remembered. Many happy memories... remembering snowmobiling on now first generation machines with a puppy, your Dad & Mom ...so absolutely in ❤️Love with each other...Of course, sending my love and care to all of you.... Jeri aka “Mom” especially. Love you & will see you Thursday. I don’t think I’ll need any board games to sit on the floor and play with Craig or Karm...but plan to put a couple in the car just for old times sake. Karm and Craig “Oskar” we must have played Sorry & Candyland like things because you were so little. Love you. 💕🐝🐾as the kids here in Lander know me...ms b ...as Batenhorst was always too hard!
I’ve not snipped away a single leaf or blossom in the last 43 years with out hearing and seeing Granny O giving me, as a novice, horticulture lessons... The ancient cactus pet plants in the Boxelder greenhouse ...The refrigerator bedroom off of the kitchen... Lucky me!

Jim May
   Posted Sat July 07, 2018
Bette was a wonderful strong person and I'll always remember with a smile the lessons about the country and life she shared with me. Whenever I'm in the Boxelder country I think fondly of her.

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