A Star Was Born. Phyllis June Olson, 55, born June 5, 1947, to Rodney Tucker and Eileen Keily Olson, returned to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, August 06, 2002, after a heroic battle with breast cancer.

Phyllis was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was endowed in the Jordan River Temple in March 2001. Phyllis spent many hours completing her family genealogy and compiling beautiful books containing photos of family members.

Phyllis was blessed with a divine operatic voice and all of us were benefactors of her unique talent. Her vocal achievements began with 1st place in the Utah State Fair intermediate vocal competition at age 15, 1st place Utah State Fair advanced vocal competition, subsequently performing with the Utah Symphony and Maurice Abravanel. She went on to achieve 3rd place in the Metropolitan Opera auditions and 1st place in the San Francisco Opera auditions in her early twenties. She also performed several years with the Utah Opera Company and in musical theater productions throughout the intermountain region. Additionally, Phyllis obtained a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, with an emphasis in Fine Arts from Westminster College in 1989.

Phyllis is survived by three sisters, Trish (Bill) Ashby, Gail (Buff Mundale) Edwards, Joan (Dick) Vail, 18 nieces and nephews, 36 great nieces and nephews, and three great-great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her grandparents, Berkley and Jessie Olson and Michael and Nellie Keily.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Kent DiFiore (Oncologist), Dr. Jane McPherson, Cameron Ball, and Carol Marsh (IHC Hospice), the law offices of Nygaard, Coke and Vincent, and the angels at Home Caregivers, St. Joseph Villa and the Crescent Third Ward Relief Society.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 9, 2002, in the Sandy Crescent Third Ward located at 949 East 10600 South, Sandy, UT. A viewing will be held prior to the services from 9:00-10:45 a.m. at the same location. Burial will be at the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery under the direction of Wasatch Lawn Mortuary.

"Dear Phyllis:

It was so hard, but you hung in there through all the pain and challenges. You wanted to stay with your Earthly family and did not give up no matter how you felt. Now you are whole and have learned there is a beautiful life beyond - where you have been reunited with beloved family members who have been waiting patiently for you and are overjoyed by your return. We know you are happy and at peace. We will hold you in our hearts forever or until we meet again. We love you and will miss you dearly.

Your loving family"