Florence N. Olian

Florence N. Olian, died January 6, 2014 at age 98 in Laguna Woods, California one day shy of her 78th wedding anniversary, surrounded by her loving family. She achieved her life’s wishes, namely, “to leave no stone unturned.” Born June 25, 1915 in St. Louis Mo.; In 2013, author A.E. Hotchner’s acclaimed book about aging with joie de vivre featured a Florence Olian quotation, “Every morning I see the sun rise over the mountains. I am accepting every wrinkle. I like barbecued ribs, a glass of good wine and listening to opera. I have found that a sense of humor and positive attitude keeps all the sad memories and regrets pushed out of my mind without guilt. And I say live for the moment!”  Florence was married for 62 years to Addison H. Olian, Sr., who predeceased her by 16 years. In 1961, they moved from St. Louis to Northern California where Addison expanded his retail clothing enterprises. They lived in Saratoga, Los Gatos, then 8 years aboard their yacht, Odyssey, in Coronado. In retirement Addison flourished as a stone sculptor and Florence was active in clubs, including Topic Masters, serving as their president. Educated at Washington University, she also modeled, played the violin and ukulele, was an award-wining golfer, blue-ribbon speaker, gardener, avid book-reader, brownie-baker, and joked about being a “knit-wit”–– creating handmade booties and garments which she generously presented to family, friends and perfect strangers. Having a zest for learning, Florence Olian traveled throughout the world, oil painted, and wrote poems, lyrics, short stories and was paid to write advertising slogans. Newspaper columnists, such Herb Caen, often quoted her hand-penned letters and witty e-mails. Compared to actress Betty White, Florence had twinkling blue eyes, laughed and smiled easily, told hilarious stories, and remained the eternal optimist, lifting anyone’s spirits. Florence is survived by her four children, Patricia (Trish) Tanenbaum (Robert), Jeri Pollyea, Mary Kinzelberg (Jay) and Addison (Buz) Olian, II. Grandchildren: David, Lisa (Dean), Jill (Jeffrey), Michelle (Joel), Matthew and Jacob. Great-grandchildren: Madison, Morgan, Rowan, Josh, Parker, Jordy and Sophia. Tributes to: JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 415.977.0360).