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Brooklyn Olson

November 9, 2008


Brooklyn Leeann Olson, daughter of Christopher Lee and Holly Renae (McKenney) Olson, was born on August 5, 2006, at Council Bluffs, Iowa. She passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2008, at her home in Shenandoah, Iowa, following a courageous battle with Leukemia.

Brooklyn's life was spent surrounded by her family and friends, along with many visits and hours spent at Children's Hospital Clinic in Omaha. Brooklyn loved going to clinic and seeing her many friends. She put a smile on everyone's face, where ever she went. Brooklyn loved reading books, playing with her princess kitchen and being around her family and friends. Brooklyn was a smart, beautiful, strong little girl. She blessed her parents lives forever.

Survivors left to cherish her memory include her parents, Chris and Holly Olson; grandparents, Les and Bev McKenney, Joan Olson and Bob and Susan Olson; great-grandparents, Clarke McKenney and Carl and Lois Kluver; aunts and uncles, Heather Moore and husband Chris, Hillary Franks, Grant Olson and wife Christina and Katelyn Olson.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, November 13, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at the First Christian Church in Shenandoah. Words of comfort were given by Rev. Karen Bash and Rev. JoAnne Johnson. Attending the memory register were Jennifer Golden and Mickey Perian. Ushers were Jim Wilson and Tom Olson. Caring for the flowers was Onalee Czapla. Special music played during the service included, "Who Am I", "Beautiful", "Untitled Hymn", and "I Life My Friend". Casket bearers were Michael Cisneros, Austin Moore, Spencer Moore and Thomas Cox. Honorary casket bearers were Kevin Olson, Jeff Olson, Michael Olson and Joe Buckminster. Burial was in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Shenandoah. Memorials are being directed to the family to help with medical expenses.


Iam so sorry for what you are going thru. You have no idea who iam but i do know Joni I went to school with her. We are so lucky to be blessed with our children and she was very lucky to have a good mommy and daddy. Please be strong like you always have been. I will pray for you! You have your own personal angel now. Julie Schmidt Morrison
Dec 4, 2008 Julie Schmidt Morrison
I am so very sorry for your loss. You and your family will remain in our prayers. I was sent a poem when I lost my daughter on the day she was born, below is part of it that spoke to me and I hope will somehow speak to you as well.

She rose fast and lightly as if she had wings. A hand reached down to cradle her and softly rocked her as she rose. The voice echoed in the room, "fear not, she will always be with me, and she will always be with you."
Nov 14, 2008 Dayna
I overheard your family speaking of going up to the hospital to celebrate her 2nd birthday with her in the upcoming week one day while shopping downtown Shenandoah. When I heard this morning that she had passed I felt horrible for you. What a beautiful little angel she will be. Our deepest sympathies to her whole family.
Nov 13, 2008 Gary & Anne Christensen
im sorry to hear about your loss i have no idea what u are going through but i want u to know that people are here for u and that brookly will never be forgotten ever she is our guardian angel now and she will always be with us
Nov 13, 2008 staci
I am so sorry to hear about Brooklyn. May God be with you and your family.
Nov 13, 2008
You have our deepest sympathy and friendship always. My family and I join in sending you our heartfelt love. God's Grace will strengthen

Rob, Bev, Kaitlyn and Kylie

A letter from Heaven (Author Unknown)

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.

I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.

That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

"It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.

I need you here so badly, you are part of my plan.
There is so much that we can do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.

And when you lie in bed at night the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you.... in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.

But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.

It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night...."My day was not in vain.

And now I am contented... that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile."

So if you meet somebody who is sad and low;
Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going.... you're coming here with me.

Nov 13, 2008 Rob Neligh and Family
Chris, Holly and Joni,
I was so saddened to hear of Brooklyn's passing. However it is somewhat reassuring to know she is free from pain and fatigue and able to play Dora, sing, dance and be at peace with the Father. I wasn't able to make it to either the visitation or the funeral and I am sosorry.
I can't imagine what you are going through but if you ever need an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on, I am just a phone call away (303-0090.)
All my sympathy and love,
Nov 13, 2008 Bonnie Muller
Chris & Holly, There are no words, your bravery, along with Brooklyn's has been life changing for my family. I will forever remember the little chatty girl, peaking out the door at us as we cruised by for a visit. We are blessed to have known her even for a short time. Adam & Julie Wainwright
Nov 13, 2008 Julie Wainwright
My prayers and thoughts are with you Holly and Chris! Your daughter was a warrior and a hero. I am sorry to hear about your loss. God Bless you two.
Nov 12, 2008 Melody (Frederick) Whitehead
So sorry for your lose.. words can't express what you guys are going through right now. just lean on each other and you will get through this.
Nov 12, 2008 Chelsea
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Nov 12, 2008 Crissy (Cain) Herr
My Deepest sympathy to you all. I just wanted to let you know, you are all in my thoughts and prayers.
May God be with you all.
Always remember the good times and just how blessed you were to get to share your life with such a sweet little girl.

Nov 12, 2008 Erin Atterberry
Extremely sorry to hear about the loss of your beautiful daughter, Brooklyn. May God comfort you and your family during this most difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nov 12, 2008 Rod & Diane Carpenter
I would like to send my deepest condolences to your entire family for your great loss. Brooklyn is now at peace and her memory will live on through you.
Nov 12, 2008 Toby Young
My dearest condolences to you. Cherish the precious moments you had with her, as she was truly a blessing in your life, and will be with you always. God Bless You.
Nov 11, 2008 Donna Rascon
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!
Nov 11, 2008 Tina Wigington
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in our prayers. The Sweetser family
Nov 11, 2008 Sweetser family
I just wanted to tell you how sorry I am for your loss. I remeber when I first met Brooklyn in the salon with her mom. They both are a pillar of beauty. My thoughts, prayers and warm hugs go out to you and your family in this great time of sorrow. I think Brooklyn might be the bravest person I have ever known, next to her parents.
Nov 11, 2008 Wendy Gardner
Dear Holly and Brian - I don't even know what to say, as I am sure nothing I can say would be of any comfort to you guys at this time anyway. Just please know that we are thinking of you now and will keep you guys in our thoughts and prayers for the many trying weeks ahead. God blesses us with children and then takes them away from us - doesn't seem quite fair. I saw pictures of Brooklyn that Emily had sent to Jay...She was a cute little "booger!" It makes me so sad to even imagine what you guys are going through.....and even tho I didn't really ever "know" Brookyln, I am thankful that she is no longer feeling pain or suffering from this dreadful disease any longer. No child should ever have to endure all the obstacles that little Brooklyn did. She was such a brave little sole. Please take care of yourselves and know that God is taking care of your little angel now. I am sure she will be watching over mommy and daddy until you meet again some day.
Nov 11, 2008 Tanya Beckel
She was so happy and brave- I'm so sorry
Nov 11, 2008 Holly Schmidt
Please know that my families prayers have been with your family. My heart is hurting for your loss and I will continue to pray every day for your healing and to ask God to be with you each and every day! Judy Foutch and family
Nov 11, 2008 Judy Foutch
My prayers are with both of you always. If you need anything, just let me know.
Nov 10, 2008 Laraine
Chris & Holly
You and your family will be in our prayers and thoughts.
Nov 10, 2008 Jill, Jessalynn & Jayden Brdicko
Our hearts go out to you both. We send you our thoughts and prayers for you to find the strength to get through this difficult time. We admire you both for your strength and determination through the long struggle. Brooklyn will never be forgotten. We send you our love. Tommy and Judy Graham
Nov 10, 2008 Judy and Tommy Graham
I am deeply grieved to hear the news of Brooklyn's death. I cannot imagine the pain you feel right now. Brooklyn has been the light of your lives. Her passing will leave a great void in the hearts of all that have been forunate enough to have known her. What loving parents you are, words cannot express how deeply sorry I am that you have to endure this loss. I wish I could find words to ease your pain.
May your friends and family bring you strength and comfort during this difficult time. Know that we are here for you. CRHC ER Girls
Nov 10, 2008 Jen Chambers
Chris and Holly,
This has been a long journey of hope, faith, courage and love and I know the journey continues. I know that you know that Brooklyn is in good hands. It is for you that we grieve. Please know that you and Brooklyn have been an inspiration to the entire community for the way you have handled this courageous battle with cancer. I cannot imagine the loss you feel, but I do believe that God will hold onto you and eventually give you peace. By sharing your journey you have given us an opportunity to be part of your angel's everlasting life. Thank you for giving us Brooklyn, even though her time here seemed way too short. Know that she is happy, free from cancer and does know how much you loved her and how hard you fought for her. She is wishing you love, peace and comfort and will forever live on, both in heaven and in our hearts.
Nov 10, 2008 Kim Leininger
Dear Chris, Holly & family,
I have you in my prayers and am lifting Brooklyn up to the Lord.
I am so thankful for my wonderful moments and memories of your sweet girl.
I will always cherish her voice, her smile and the way she lit up a room.

Hold each other close,
Nov 10, 2008 Christy Hogan
Chris & Holly-
My sincere prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Jesus said that when He left the earth, he would not leave us alone. He sent the Comforter (Holy Spirit) to abide with us. May the God of peace bring you the peace you need. Let Brooklyn's faith and strength be an inspiration to you to stand strong. God bless you both!
Nov 10, 2008 Daniel & Zina Perelman
My prayers are with your family at this time. Your little angel had a great purpose and touched many lives in her short time on earth. She is now in the arms of Jesus, safe, well, without disease and pain. One day you will all be reunited in God's kingdom. Thank you for sharing her story with us. She was an inspiration and a blessing to us all. God Bless you.
Nov 10, 2008 Deb
I am very sorry for you. There are no words I can think of to offer you any comfort at this time. Just know that your family is being consistently held up in prayer.
Sandy Hall
Nov 10, 2008 Sandy Hall
I'm so sorry about your loss
Nov 10, 2008
My heart goes out to you and your family. I pray for your peace and that your loving memories may help you through this time. God Bless.
Nov 10, 2008 Shannon Henneman
Our sympathy to you and your family.
Nov 10, 2008 Mark and Teresa Courtier
Please know that since Brooklyn got sick she has been in the prayers of everyone at my church and we will continue to pray for you. I was in church the day Brooklyn was baptized, thank you for sharing that most important moment with me - I will treasure it always. Children like Brooklyn will never be forgotten - they live on in all of us through memories of her wonderful smile.

Sarah Franks
Nov 10, 2008 Sarah M Franks
Chris & Holly,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your little Angel brought a smile to everyone she met. She will be greatly missed.
Nov 10, 2008 Angie Mann
Luke 18:16
But Jesus called the children to him and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Luke 18:15-17

May the Lord comfort you during this time. Brooklyn was a precious gift from God!

My prayers are with you and your family.
Nov 10, 2008 Rachael Sims
Chris and Holly,

It was with a great sense of sorrow when we heard of Brooklyn's passing.

We wanted to let you know that you have our greatest sympathy, and our hearts are truly saddened by your loss.

Brooklyn was a light that lit up the room with her beautiful smile. And her personality would bring a smile to the faces of those around her.

Brooklyn will always remain within our hearts, and we have included Brooklyn and you in our daily prayers. May God give you strength.

If there is anything that we can do to help you in any way, please do not hesitate to call us at any time. You can phone us at 402-332-7603 even if it is only to talk.

Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you.

Steve and Tammy Carlisle

Nov 10, 2008 Steve and Tammy Carlisle
Chris & Holly,
We are so sorry about the loss of your beautiful daughter. We can't imagine what you're going through, but our thoughts and prayers are definitely with you and your family. We know you have many close family and friends to be with you, but please know that if you need anything, we are here for you as well.
God Bless,
Travis, Nikki, Avery & Aedynn Graham
Nov 10, 2008 Travis & Nikki Graham
I was so sorry to hear of Brooklyn's passing. For one so young she put up quite the fight (god bless her). May her family find peace in knowing that she will live on in their hearts and memories and all those whose lives she touched. Brooklyn budded on earth, so she could bloom in heaven.
Nov 10, 2008 September McElroy
I'm so sorry for your loss. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
Nov 10, 2008 Carla Erickson
We are so sorry for your loss. We have been praying for you, and will continue to pray and keep you in our thoughts. The Morelock Family
Nov 10, 2008 Michelle Morelock
i am katheryn mccoy daughter who lives in alabama.i am very sorry to hear your loss! she is in good hands now with god so there is no more suffering for her.god bless
Nov 10, 2008 pam,mccoy..BOND
We were sad to hear of Brooklyn's passing. We will pray for comfort and healing of hearts. We know Brooklyn touched many hearts, my husband's especially.

David, Kayla, Elias and Ella Owen
Nov 10, 2008 Kayla Owen
Chris & Holly,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. I know how much Brooklyn was loved. She will be forever missed.

Lisa Irvin
Nov 10, 2008 Lisa Irvin
Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family. What a trooper she was, but just know that she will be stronger now in the arms of the Lord. No words can take away the hurt, but just have faith that you will once again be with her and in the meantime she will be spoiled by Jesus and any other family that has already passed.
Nov 10, 2008 Kates Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless you all.
Nov 10, 2008 Bryan, Jenny and Boys
So hard to find the words to say.
Just know that my prayers are with you all at this time of unimaginable pain at the loss of your Brooklyn.
She's flying with the angels now.
Nov 10, 2008 Jill Young
I'm afraid that there aren't any words that will ease your pain. Please know that your family is in my prayers.

Nov 10, 2008 Molly Nicholas
May God bless your family and put peace in your hearts in this difficult time. Our prayers are with each and every one of you.
Nov 10, 2008 Doug and Wendy Moyer
Chris and Holly, Can't even imagine what you have been through for the last 3 years, Joys and Sorrows. You are in our Thoughts and Prayers.
Bob and Robin Lynn, Crane, Casa, Chealsee and Clair
Nov 10, 2008 Robert and Robin Lynn
I'm a Premier jewelry lady and I want to extend my sympathy with you and your family. God bless you all.
Nov 10, 2008 Stephany Hausmann
Chris, Holly, Joni and the rest of the Olson family, my thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days ahead. Brooklyn was so precious and brave. Keep your family, friend and your faith close during this difficult time.
Nov 10, 2008 cara williams
God has called his newest cherub home. We'll miss her.
Nov 10, 2008 Barbara Cunningham
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Nov 10, 2008 Christina Pritchett
The past 2 years have been more then I could have ever hoped for. You filled my heart more then you know. I love you and miss you and will always remember your cute smile.
Nov 10, 2008 Mommy
Our family is holding you close in prayer through this time! May the Lord be your peace, strength and hope for He is forever faithful! :o)
Nov 10, 2008
My thoughts and prayers are with you....
Nov 9, 2008 Jennifer Roberts
Chris and Holly- So Sorry to hear about Brooklyn. Let me know if I can help with anything at all. You are in my thoughts.
Nov 9, 2008 Jessica Blevins
Chris and Holly - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. You have been through so much, and have been such strong and wonderful parents. The whole community hurts for you. May our prayers help you through. Dennis and Teresa Perry
Nov 9, 2008 Dennis and Teresa Perry
Holly and Family,
You are in our thoughts and prayers. Brooklyn was a beautiful little girl who touched many people's lifes. We are deeply sorry for your loss. If you need anything and I mean anything at all please let us know.
God bless you,
The Sunderman Family
Nov 9, 2008 Amber Sunderman
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Nov 9, 2008 Julie, Brad, Jasmine, Gunnar and Desi Glasgo
Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family at this most difficult time in your young lives. Brooklyn was a very sweet and special young girl. May God wrap his arms around you both.
Nov 9, 2008 Neil and Jana Ohden
I am so sorry to hear about Brooklyn. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers
Nov 9, 2008 Brooke Erickson
Please know that I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep my thoughts and prayers with you and your family. PLEASE let me know if thereis anything me or my family can do for you.
Nov 9, 2008 Nicole Kuester
Chris and Holly,
I am so deeply sorry for you loss. Brooklyn was a wonderful little girl. I know that she will be missed greatly and will always be remembered. I will be keeping you in my prayers through this very sad time. You are wonderful people and I just wish that Brooklyn could have beaten her cancer. God Bless you and your family.
Nov 9, 2008 Mindi York
Holly,Chris,& Family

I am so sorry to hear about Brooklyn's Passing . If there is anything I can do for your family please let me know . Your family is in our prayers .

Karen Herron
Nov 9, 2008 Karen Herron
holly and chris,

you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Nov 9, 2008 larry and kelly young
My prayers go out to Chris, Holley & their families to remain strong and know that you have many friends to call on for support to get you through this. Brooklyn was very special and brought much joy to everybody she came in contact with. She had an infectious smile and loved to please others with their requests to show how bright she was. I'm so glad I got to know her and I will miss her.
Nov 9, 2008 Mickie Perian


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