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Birgitta Bernt Olsen

May 21, 1935 — Feb. 9, 2020

It is with deep sadness that we announce that Birgitta B. Olsen, 84, died peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 9, in her home in Davis. Birgitta was a greatly loved and active resident of the Davis community for over 54 years.

Birgitta was born on May 21, 1935, in Lidkoping, Sweden, to Erik and Greta Hellstrom. After studying at The School of Arts and Crafts in Gothenburg and the Anders Beckman School of Design in Stockholm, she moved to Malmo, where she met her future husband, Helge.

In 1962, Birgitta and Helge immigrated to the United States, were married in Atlantic City and then moved to California in 1965. After working in San Francisco for two years, they settled in Davis, where Helge taught furniture and interior design at UC Davis.

365体育投注Birgitta was an accomplished and innovative fiber artist creating, among other works, dozens of large beautiful tapestries as well as color drawings of her favorite places in California. Her work is displayed in the Davis City Hall Council Chambers and the Foster Conference Room in Meyer Hall at UC Davis and is included in numerous private collections. In 2019, Helge and Birgitta’s combined works were featured in the show “Weaving and Woodwork: A Scandinavian Design Partnership” at the UC Davis Design Gallery.

365体育投注Birgitta also was an amazing cook with her own style, often blending the freshness of California with the comforts of traditional Swedish dishes. She loved to cook for family, friends, colleagues and fellow artists in her home. She maintained close relationships with family in Sweden and Denmark throughout her life. She enjoyed fine music and frequently attended concerts at the Mondavi Center.

365体育投注Birgitta is survived by her husband, Helge, and sons Erik of Healdsburg and Henrik of San Francisco, daughters-in-law Deborah and Elodie; and four grandchildren, Caroline, Christian, Aela and Julien.

365体育投注All are invited to a celebration of Birgitta’s life at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Davis Community Church, 412 C St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Meals On Wheels Yolo County.

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