Olson-Barnes Endowed Scholarship Fund
Helen Barnes and Edna Evelyn Olson
Edna Evelyn Olson loved teaching. When she died at the age of 94, the retired teacher from Theodore left a legacy that will enable hundreds of young men and women to follow in her footsteps.
Her gift of $258,400 establishes the Olson-Barnes Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of Miss Olson and her sister, Helen Barnes.
"Miss Olson was one of the smartest ladies you ever met in your life," recalled Otis Brunson, executor of Miss Olson's estate. "She so loved her own career as a teacher and so much appreciated what the Lord had done in her life by allowing her to be a teacher, and she wanted to help others pursue a career as a teacher. Miss Olson felt she could make a contribution to her own profession by offering scholarships through the University of Mobile."
Miss Olson began her teaching career in Wilmer in the 1920s after graduating from the University of Alabama. She taught throughout Mobile County, with the majority of her career at Murphy High School from the 1930s to the 1960s. She was an active member of First Baptist Church of Theodore until her death on Aug. 21, 1999.
Her gift will provide scholarships to the University of Mobile for students planning to enter the education field.