Olive L. Landon

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2010

Longtime Alaska resident Olive L. Landon died Nov. 24, 2010.

Her parents, Ole and Lena (Olson) Peterson, immigrants from Norway, lived in Bossburg, Wash., at the time of her birth on July 6, 1915. She attended school in Bossburg and Colville, Wash., where she helped her parents start one of the town's first gas stations. She graduated from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane in 1934 and went on to graduate from Morse School of Beauty Culture in the same year.

Not letting any moss grow beneath her feet, she moved to California, where she worked in a medical office. In 1941, she moved to Tanana with husband Arthur Smith, a radio operator for Pan Am. There, they started their family. They later moved to Fairbanks and faced the war years.

In 1949, she met and married Tom Landon for a life of continuous adventures. They eventually migrated to Southeast Alaska, moving to Juneau in 1950. The family lived the life of the pioneers. She was a homemaker, raising her children with involvement in scouting, Civil Air Patrol and Masonic activities.

In 1959, sge went to work in the first state Legislature. This was followed by 16 years in the state Personnel Division.

She was very active in the community, starting with Girl Scouts and the Douglas Island Women's Club. From there, she went on to be active in the community of Tenakee Springs, where she organized community events. In Juneau, she engaged people in the Alaska Pioneers, Sons of Norway, Juneau Emblem Club, Toastmistresses, Business and Professional Women's Club and Eastern Star, as well as AARP, Widowed Persons, volunteering in tourism events and adding her views to community planning.

Landon never slowed down, even in retirement. Cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting and berry picking were here passions next only to her friends and family. She was truly a family-oriented woman as evidenced by her ever-expanding friendships.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, her parents, six siblings, one grandchild and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by her sister Florence Broderick of Pullman, Wash.; children Barbara Lofstrom of Sequim, Wash., and Thomas Landon and wife Tia of Lakeland, Fla.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews too numerous to name but not forgotten.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of her extraordinary life at 2 p.m. today at the Juneau Pioneer Home. The family requests that donations be made to the Juneau Pioneer Home Foundation, 4675 Glacier Hwy., Juneau, AK 99801.

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