Connie Olson

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Connie Olson

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Connie Olson
Connie Olson

Constance Ellen Olson, 65 of Billings, passed away at her home of natural causes, Monday, January 13, 2014.

The daughter of Clark and Ruth Olson, Connie was born September 25, 1948 in Great Falls. She graduated from Billings West High and went on to receive a degree in nursing from MSU Bozeman in 1970.

Connie was born to be a nurse. She began a 43 ½ year nursing journey at Deaconess Hospital in the Dialysis Unit. She was working in the Dialysis Unit at the time of her death. Her patients and the hospital staff were her family.

Connie was a Past Worthy Matron of the Moss Agate Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star.

Survivors include her sister Cathy Runtzel (Joe), brother Steve Olson (Sandi), niece Staci Crews (Clint), nephew Scott Olson, and most of all her beloved dogs, Cuddles and Buddy.

Connie will truly be missed by all those she touched.

Following Connie’s wishes there will be a memorial service 10am, Friday, January 24, 2014 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary followed by a celebration of her life at the Elks Club.

Memorials may be given to the National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016.

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  1. Maryellen thompson

    I am truly sorry for the loss of precious Connie Olson. She was a joy to be around. I did not know her well, but what a heart for people and animals. I know you have honored her by finding a home for cuddles and buddy or you have found it in your heart to give them a home. She has touched so many people’s lives. Again I am so sorry for your loss and know that cuddles and buddy are so unhappy without their mommy. God Bless

  2. Marjorie Schofield

    I have not seen Connie for years but went through school with her and even walked home from Junior High with her most nights after school. She was such a sweet person and I enjoyed her so much. The last time I did speak with her she was totally dedicated to her nursing and seemed to happy and fullfilled in her work. I am sure she will be missed by her family and all her patients.

  3. The world lost an amazing woman. My heart is broken….I am so sorry for your loss. Connie was a wonderful person and nurse. She had the biggest heart in the world. I worked with her at Crow Agency in the Dialysis unit for 5 years. She made coming to work fun and the patients absolutely loved her. She will be greatly missed! God Bless!

  4. Marvin and Deb Bouwkamp

    We will miss Connie on our visits to the Nephrology Unit . She was such a patient person working with my Husband, and getting us thru what we thought were tough times. RIP Connie, you certainly have earned it.

  5. KAREN YELLOWTAIL MCKENZIE

    I am so saddened by Connie’s passing. She truly was a wonderful person. I’m going to miss walking pass the nurse’s station and not seeing Connie sitting there. She was so helpful in many ways. She had such a kind heart.

  6. I was so saddened to hear about the loss of Connie. I just saw her 3 weeks ago when she gave me a pneumonia shot. I’ve known her the past 8 years as one of my nurses as I faced renal failure and have recovered from a transplant. She was always so kind to me and asked me about my family and career. She truly was interested in me as a person, not just a patient. I will miss not seeing her smiling face every 3 months at my checkups, and talking to her on the phone with my latest questions. Heaven has welcomed another angel. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who knew her and loved her.

  7. Our family has known Connie for over forty years as one of the mainstays of the Nephrology department. My mother was on dialysis in the seventies when the procedure required eight hours three times a week in a machine similar to a washing machine. Our family has been inflected with kidney problems with myself and my brother both on dialysis in the past – now with transplanted kidneys that allow us to work and raise our families. Every Sunday I fall to my knees and thank The Lord for the wonderful gift I was given. Connie’s has been there for our family throughout these years as we still struggle with the problems as immunosuppressive symptoms and problem that we encounter with our infliction. As the newspaper has said Connie’s dedicated her life to people like us. Her job in the nephrology department was more than a paycheck but truly a life dedicated to nursing. I have many memories of Connie and will never forget the most important thing she shared with her patients was her beautiful eyes! She enveloped kindness, dedication, love, understanding, laughter with those beautiful eyes. Just like most of us old transplant patients it was Connie we would call, because she was always there. Of course I will miss Connie, but my memories will always be with me as our family continues to deal with kidney disease thank you Connie’s for your love and dedication.

  8. Bonnie Dieffenbacher

    I met Connie in 1975 when I joined the staff on 2 south at Deaconess Hospital (Billings Clinic) She was serving as a dialysis nurse in a patient room on my unit. She was instrumental in the growth of the dialysis unit to what it is today. I have known Connie through all of these years and I am sorry for the loss. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was dedicated to her work and to each and every patient and family member she served. Thanks, Connie. I am so glad to have worked with you.

  9. ColleenSkithBarrett

    I met Connie in the dialysis unit of the Billings clinic in 1987.
    She was the only nurse b that could get a needle in the tight way .She always had a smile on her face . And even after my transplant was always there. Connie, I will miss up and the Billings Clinic won’t be the same .

    Colleen Smith Barrett

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