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Ann Marie Olcott

Ann Marie Olcott


Ann Olcott went home to the Lord on August 13, 2019 after complications from heart valve replacement surgery. She passed away in Southern California while under the loving care of the professional staff at Keck Hospital of USC.

Survivors include her husband, William "Bill"; daughter Cheri Olcott-Banks (Mark); son Steven Olcott (Melanie), two grandchildren, Jami Cummings (Cory) and Alexander Olcott; seven great grandchildren, brother. Rev. Willard Marquardt of Hartford, WI; Gerald Marquardt of Sherman, TX and sister Susan Marquardt of Wood Village, OR.

Ann is preceded in death by her father, Erwin and mother, Florence; brothers, Charles and James.

Born in Norfolk, Nebraska on December 19, 1948, Ann attended St. Paul's Lutheran Church Elementary School and Norfolk High School, graduating in 1967. She acquired her cosmetology license and worked in that field for 15 years before changing her career path to the real estate industry as a realtor in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Ann married William Olcott on May 26, 1979 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

They Moved to Bakersfield in 1988 after Bill accepted an Attorney position with Young-Wooldridge Law Firm and Ann continued her real estate career. She worked as a realtor for Century 21 Locator, Prudential America West, Watson Realty, Occidental Petroleum re-location division, John Busby Real Estate and Premier Real Estate. Ann was an active member of the Bakersfield Association of Realtors and served on its grievance committee.

Ann enjoyed her three cats, gardening, politics, Nebraska college football games, fall vacations in France and spring and summer vacations in Cayucos.

Ann was an active member of the Bakersfield Master Chorale for 23 years singing soprano. She also served as the chorale's President during 1999-2001 and 2003-2004. Ann was most proud of the work she did as committee co-chair for the chorale's 75th presentation of Handel's Messiah. She and Dr. Phil Dodson, the chorale director, were the driving forces for the entire event that included a full performance of the Handel's Messiah, complete with period costumes and British high tea.

Ann toured with the chorale on its 1996 European concert tour, 1999 British Isles concert tour and the 2003 Eastern European Concert Tour.

Ann was a member of the Lutheran Church of Prayer choir and served as a member of the Church Board of Directors, recording secretary and Pastoral Search Committees.

In lieu of flowers, her family is requesting memorials made in Ann’s name to Lutheran Church of Prayer 8001 Panorama Drive Bakersfield, CA 93306 or the Bakersfield Master Chorale, P.O. Box 1814, Bakersfield, CA 93303.

A visitation is scheduled for August 30 from 4pm-7:30pm at Doughty-Calhoun-O’Meara Funeral Home, 1100 Truxtun Avenue. Church service to be held Saturday August 31, 2019, 11am, at Lutheran Church of Prayer, 8001 Panorama Drive. Burial to follow at Bakersfield National Cemetery.

Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Funeral Directors

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A Loving Roses was sent on August 30, 2019

With Loving Memories of Ann Olcott. Christine Anderson

Expression of Sympathy Aug 30 2019 12:00 AM

Holding you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Karen Banks &
Ann Hilliard

Karen Banks Aug 25 2019 12:00 AM

Our Deep sympathy.

Virgil & Rosemary Lassek Aug 24 2019 12:00 AM

My condolences to all the family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers and sending my love to all of you. I will always have wonderful memories of Cousin Ann, her beautiful smile, her thoughtful heart, her loving and caring ways. One of my best memories I will always cherish was when she sang for our wedding in 1992. It made our celebration so very special and I felt so honored that she was a part of it. She had an angelic voice and I know she is now singing with the angels. May God hold all of you in his loving arms. In Loving thoughts, from Cousin Jeanne Begin.

Jeanne Begin Aug 24 2019 12:00 AM

Ann came into our lives when she married Bill in 1979. Bill and I had been best friends since our early high-school years in Columbus, NE & I was thrilled to see his life so well complimented when he married Ann. As we all worked through our early careers, we eventually found ourselves living in CA - albeit in different cities. Over the years, we were blessed to enjoy Bill & Ann's company in Bakersfield, Santa Barbara & Paso Robles. We especially have very fond memories of the trip the four of us took to Europe together.

As a person, Ann was truly remarkable. She clearly dedicated her life to her family & those she loved. Too, she developed two successful careers & a love for classical music that was inspirational. That lady could sing!! She also had a love and an appreciation for fine wines, great food, European architecture and a hundred other things that made her the beautiful person she was. A Renaissance woman if there ever were one.

We will sorely miss you Annie, and you will never be forgotten in our hearts. Knowing you helped make me a better person to be sure.

Steve & Bonnie Sidwell Aug 24 2019 12:00 AM

Bill and family we send our love an prayers with your loss of Ann Marie. It breaks our hearts. May God bless you all.
George and Linda (Henggeler) Gottschall

George and Linda Gottschall Aug 24 2019 12:00 AM

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All of us send our Love from our hearts to each one of you from Wes and Joan, Peggy and Dave, Patty and Moses, Ken, Jeanne and Nick We LOVE YOU ALL VERY MUCH PRAYERS BE WITH YOU.

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