Our Staff - LaDonna G. Olden
LaDonna G. Olden was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was introduced to the funeral industry as a child in Oklahoma where her family owned a funeral home. At the age of 10 LaDonna knew she wanted to be a Mortician when she grew up. LaDonna earned her Associates degree in Mortuary Science from San Francisco College of Mortuary Science in October of 1994. She served as an apprentice embalmer under Charles A. Jones at Jones Mortuary in East Palo Alto, California. She was soon licensed as an Embalmer and Funeral Director and continued her work there until she and her family relocated to Elk Grove in 2000, where she began working for Thompson Funeral Home. January 15, 2008, La Donna was blessed with the opportunity to purchase Thompson Funeral Home, renaming the firm at that time to Thompson Rose Chapel, Inc. where she serves as the President. She is licensed by the state of California as an Embalmer (EMB#8373), Funeral Director (FD#532), Cemetery Manager (CM#184) and Crematory Manager (CRM#272). She is a member of several professional organizations and has been honored for her work by many. She is the wife of Walter C. Holland, mother of 3 sons: Brandon, Tyrell and Walter Ryan, and grandmother to Julian and Kristen. LaDonna believes that the ability to serve families during the most difficult time of their life is a God given ministry, and she does not take her responsibility lightly.