Thursday, March 30, 2023
March 30, 2023


Nov 18, 1934 – Feb 8, 2023.

On Wednesday February 8, Gwen E. Olsen passed away peacefully at home. She was 88 years old. Born to Violet and Jessie Archer in New Westminster, BC. Gwen was a long time resident of Salt Spring Island where she helped renovate, build and redecorate multiple homes. She was the business owner of Heritage Boutique and along with husband Harland, Harlan’s Chocolate Treats. Later in life she moved to the Nanaimo area to be closer to her daughters.

Gwen enjoyed traveling, painting and her pets. She was able to travel the world and reconnect with family in England. She was an accomplished painter, once having a gallery showing of her work. She loved animals and had pets all her life.

She is pre-deceased by her brother Wilfred (2016), Sister Kathy (2016), Husbands Harland (2015) and Leo (2002). She is survived by her children, Cindy, Cory and Sherry; step-children Marlene and Elaine; grand children Kelly, Jessie, Richard and Jason.

There will be a celebration of life held on Sunday March 26, 2023, 1-3 pm at the Nanaimo Golf Club.


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