March 4, 1987 – December 25, 2017
Rachael Olson went home to her Lord on Christmas morning after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. Rachael and her twin were born on March 4, 1987 in Reno, Nev. to Kathy (Olson) and Maurice Grigg. The family moved back to Montana in 1989 where she lived and attended school through graduation from Columbia Falls High School in 2005. She was on the cheerleading squad and the student council and was a member of the National Honor Society. There she met the love of her life, Craig Olson. They were married July 7, 2007. Together they attended Walla Walla Community College where she received her Associate’s degree in Science. They then attended North Dakota State University and later Central Washington University where Rachael received her Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Math and Science Education in 2012. Craig and Rachael were blessed with two sons, Michael Connor Olson in 2012 and Camdynn Matthew Olson in 2015. Her boys were the light of her life.
Despite her illness and a dire prognosis, Rachael never gave up hope. She defied all medical predictions and fought back with her signature quiet grace, strength and unwavering faith. All those who knew her loved her and admired her tenacity.
Michael says “I love Mama’s hugs most.”
Rachael is survived by her devoted husband Craig Olson and their two sons Michael and Camdynn; her beloved mother Kathy Rolfs and stepfather Allen Rolfs; her twin brother Raymond Grigg (Cayla); her older sister Miriah Sachs (Ben); two stepbrothers Gavin (Melissa) and Alex (Amanda) Rolfs and grandparents Jim and Deloris Matson, JoWana Olson, and Melvin and Carol Grigg. She will also be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews Hayden, Nicholas, Aubrey, London, Megan, Braydon, Michael, Ava, Miranda, Brynlee, Easton, Camryn, Caplin, Addison, Carson and Mason as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She also leaves behind her beloved in-laws Jim and Mary Olson, Adam and Hana Olson and Aly and John Ronan, as well as countless friends and church family and her cherished cat Fatty. She is preceded in death by her paternal grandmother Patricia (Patsy) Grigg, maternal grandfather Gerald Olson and cousin Erik Matson.
Rachael was a dedicated advocate for others, attending and fundraising for cancer research each year at the Seattle Brain Cancer Walk. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation in her honor to www.braincancerwalk.org by selecting her team Rachael’s Angels or donating to Moses Lake Christian Church who have supported the family though this time. Services will be held at Moses Lake Christian Church Dec. 30 at 1 p.m. Please sign the online guestbook or leave a note for the family at www.kayserschapel.com. Arrangements are in care of Kayser’s Chapel & Crematory.
Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.