Olive Elizabeth Dayton was born in 1909 and grew up in Bryson Valley, Monterey County. She helped her parents, Sidney and Ida (Liddle) Dayton, with farming and ranching.
Olive married farmer Lorenz Wollesen in 1937. She worked hard at cooking, canning, gardening and other duties of a ranch housewife. Olive and Lorenz lived over 50 years together in Lockwood on the ranch homesteaded by his father, Hans Wollesen, and grandfather, Jacob Wollesen. Olive’s fellow Christian believers met in their home for 40 years.
Olive actively collected data on local Native Americans, homesteaders, and medicinal and edible wild plants. As a core member of the historical society, she helped preserve nearby historical buildings and record old-timers’ narratives. She shared her knowledge with many schoolchildren and archeologists and published two booklets. Her artistic talent centered mainly on still life oil paintings.
She is preceded in death by her first husband, Lorenz G. Wollesen, in 1988, and by her second husband, Leslie deJoodt, in 2007, her older brother, Clyde Dayton, her younger sister, Rachel Gillett, and her grandson, Lorenz M. Wollesen, in 1968.
Olive married Leslie deJoodt of Sri Lanka in 1996. They enjoyed their elderly years together, receiving many visitors, mostly in Atascadero, during their marriage of over 10 years.
Olive enjoyed reading, writing, reciting poems and singing ditties for visitors to her residential care homes in Paso Robles for the next four years. She moved to the Danish Care Center, Atascadero, in 2011; after a brief respiratory illness she passed away there at age 103, on January 18, 2013. Olive continued steadfast in her faith to the finish. She is survived by two children, Neil Wollesen of King City and Fern Jantzef of Atascadero, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.
All are welcome to attend her Memorial Service on Friday, February 1, at 10:30 a.m. with potluck immediately following at the Pavilion on the Lake, 9315 Pismo Ave., Atascadero. Private burial in the Gillett Cemetery in Lockwood. For questions, contact Fern Jantzef at 805-466-4486 or garyfern10A@att.net.