Deborah Anne Olson, Worthy Grand Matron

Sister Debi Olson was initiated into Maplewood #264, on February 22, 1974.  She served as Worthy Matron in 1984.  In 1999, Maplewood consolidated with Webster Groves #64.  She transferred to Florissant #161 in 2005 where she served as Worthy Matron in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2017.  She was Grand Organist in 2012 and was elected as Associate Grand Conductress in 2016.  Her husband, Brother Jack, Florissant #161, is a PGP of Missouri OES.

Sister Debi and Brother Jack have three children, four grand children and one great-grand child.  Son, Willie Chandler and his wife Margaux and their 2 children, Liam and Lucy, live in Milwaukee, WI.  Willie is an architect for Kohler Co. and Margaux owns a fitness studio.  Daughter Leslie and her wife Cassandra, live in St. Louis.  Leslie is a civil engineer for the U.S.   Army Corps of Engineers and Cass is a floral designer.  Cass has 2 sons and our great-grandson, Kezia.  Daughter Ashley and her wife Liesl, live in Bronzeville, IL, just south of Chicago.  Ashley is an attorney with a Domestic Violence Agency in Cook County.  Liesl works for the ACLU of Illinois.

Sister Debi earned a BS degree in Home Economics-Journalism and retired from Federal Service after working 21 years for US Army Aviation and 10+  years at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).  She bought helicopters and helicopter parts for the US Army.  At NGA, she was a supervisory contracting officer and a program manager.

In her spare time, Sister Debi enjoys crafts of all kinds.  She learned to sew at age 10 and has been sewing and quilting ever since.  She plays piano and she and Brother Jack have hosted many Christmas Caroling parties over the years.

Sister Debi hopes that each member of Missouri OES will try to make a difference in their chapter and  community this year.  By volunteering and serving others, she wants each member to share what our order does.  We are, in the words of a past MWGM, “Good people, doing good things for good reasons.”  She hopes each member will embrace the Charity projects this year—our Masonic Youth, the Cancer Research Center in Columbia, MO., and CHAMP—for our  Service Dogs.