Emelyn Anne (Drake) Olson

Born: Fri., Nov. 25, 1927
Died: Wed., Jul. 4, 2018

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Emelyn Anne (Drake) Olson, age 90, of North East, died on Wednesday July 4, 2018 at her residence.  She was born on November 25, 1927 in Wellsville, NY the daughter of the late Paul Elery and Elva Jeannette (Sturtevant) Drake.  Emelyn graduated Wellsville High School in 1945 and Mansfield University earning a BA in Music Education in 1949.  She taught private music lessons in the North East community and was formerly a music teacher at Heard Memorial High School. Emelyn was a  member of the First Presbyterian Church, D.A.R., North East Choral Club, Wednesday Musical, and the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers. Throughout her years of worship at the First Presbyterian Church, she served as Bell Choir Director for forty years.  She also established and directed the Junior Choir, sang in the senior choir, and served as an Elder.  Emelyn enjoyed being outdoors, genealogy, Baroque music, reading, gardening, baking, and singing with the Erie Philharmonic Choir, Chautauqua Choir and Chautauqua Regional Choir.  She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Hjalmar Albert Olson (4-18-06); and a sister, Damaris Schulte.  Emelyn is survived by her children, Portia Harris (Mark) of Olean, NY and John Olson (Debra) of Syracuse, NY; and several nieces and nephews. Private interment  North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Erie City Mission 1023 French Street, Erie, PA 16512. A memorial service at the First Presbyterian Church will be announced by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East at a later date.

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