Genia Marie Olson, 47, left her earthly life June 2, 2022, in Jacksonville, NC. Born September 22, 1974, and raised in Charleston, SC, Genia lived in Florence, SC, and Fayetteville, NC, for many years before settling in Hubert, North Carolina.
Genia graduated from The Charleston Cosmetology Institute. Her sweet, bubbly personality made her a natural in the cosmetology and service industries. She was a free spirit who never met a stranger, and would gladly give anyone the shirt off her back. Her kindness and compassion extended to every person and animal. Genia had a brilliant, beautiful smile and a compliment, or kind word for everyone. She was a true lover of animals and was well known for rescuing strays and finding them homes, often her own. Genia loved the outdoors, but was happiest at the beach.
She will be most remembered for the way she fiercely loved life, her pets, her many friends, and her family. Genia was deeply loved and will be profoundly missed by her parents, John and Libby Olson of Charleston, SC; her sisters, Jennifer Marshall (James) of Charleston, SC, Erika Blanco Distel (Edward) of New York City, NY, and Amanda Andrews (Nathon) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; her nieces, Aniston, Harper, and Emerson Marshall; her nephew, Elijah Distel; and her many, many friends. Genia is also survived by and will be missed by her partner, Steven Taylor.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer- Avondale, 714 Riverdale Dr., Charleston, SC 29414. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Charleston Animal Society.
Coastal Cremation and Funeral Care of Jacksonville