Leila Olson’s Memorial
On a rainy Saturday morning on Oct. 19, a solemn group of about 40 people gathered at Springfield Memorial Park. With heavy hearts, friends, family and fellow students came to pay their respects to Leila Fawn Olson.
At first, a few humble flower arrangements surrounded pictures of Leila. As loved ones arrived they contributed more and more to the display that grew eventually into an eloquent floral alter. With every person came additional flowers to be placed near her photo. Standing under a tin roof in the rain people huddled around and said prayers.
As her father Jeremy Olson began to deliver the eulogy the rain subsided.
“Leila was an angel, everyone who met her knew it,” Olson said, fighting back tears. The mourning crowd stood in peace as family members comforted him.
Leila, who graduated from Thurston High School in 2018 with honors then continued to graduate from Lane Community College with a certificate in phlebotomy in 2019, will be remembered for her love of animals — especially cats.
As the clouds parted and the service came to an end, the family invited everyone to the reception to celebrate Leila’s life.
Leila’s legacy will be carried on by her mother Fawn McClung, father Jeremy Olson, stepmother Amy Olson, stepfather Jeff Choate, brothers Lucas and Michael, and sister Mikayla.
Whether on Lane Community College’s main campus or elsewhere, there is a multitude of resources in the case that someone is overwhelmed by emotion and needs someone to talk to or they are suffering suicidal thoughts.
On main campus is the LCC Counseling Center where drop-in counseling is available in Building 1, Room 103, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Off-campus — and available during irregular hours — is the University of Oregon Crisis Line where a live person can be reached from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m., Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline can be called at (800) 273-8255.
For survivors of sexual assault, there is a local hotline that can be called at (541) 343-SASS (7277). There, a twenty-four-hour crisis support worker can be found that also provides medical and legal advocacy for survivors.
Victims of domestic abuse can find help through the Womenspace Shelter. The shelter can be reached at (541) 485-6513 and a 24-hour companion hotline can be contacted at (800) 281-2800.
YouthLine, found at 1-877-968-8491, is a statewide peer-to-peer confidential hotline for teens in crisis. For text, message “teen2teen” to 83986. There, a peer will respond to talk with people in need.