Ethel L. Olsen, secretary and homemaker

November 06, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Ethel L. Olsen, a retired secretary and mother of Ellen R. Sauerbrey, a former Republican gubernatorial nominee and 16-year veteran of the House of Delegates, died Tuesdayof aortic stenosis at Oak Crest Village. She was 95.

Ethel Landgraf Richmond, the daughter of a florist, was born and raised in Baltimore. She was a 1932 graduate of Eastern High School.

She was a homemaker until 1952, when she became secretary to the dean of admissions at what is now Towson University.

From 1966 until her retirement in 1975, she was secretary to the executive secretary of the Maryland Police Training Commission in Pikesville.

Mrs. Olsen lived for many years in the Ridgely neighborhood near Loch Raven Village.

In 1976, she and her husband of 41 years, Edgar A. Richmond, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. worker, moved to Punta Gorda Isles, Fla. He died the next year.

She married Roy S. Olsen, a retired Alcoa worker, in 1982. After his death in 1999, Mrs. Olsen moved to the Parkville retirement community.

"She loved gardening and her flowers," said Mrs. Sauerbrey, a former assistant U.S. secretary of state for population, refugees and migration.

"She was also an avid Republican, and even though she was weak, she was able to cast her absentee ballot for the 2008 election," she said.

Mrs. Olsen was a member of Babcock Presbyterian Church and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Services for Mrs. Olsen will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Also surviving are two stepdaughters, Barbara Pate of Loma Linda, Calif., and Christine Eldred of Sugar Mountain, N.C.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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