Olson, Ella A. (Benson) (1917-2010)

Ella A. Olson, age 92, of Stephen, MN died on Monday, August 2, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Care Center in Warren MN.

Ella A. Olson was born on December 20, 1917 to Carl and Marie (Mickelson) Benson. She attended rural schools and as a young woman worked for several years as a hired girl for families in the area.

On June 12, 1943, Ella was united in marriage to Gilbert Olson. Gilbert and Ella farmed west of Stephen for many years. Following Gilbert’s death in 1996, Ella moved to Stephen where she lived at the Anderson apartments, and later at Tamarac Senior Housing until 2008 when she moved to the Good Samaritan Care Center in Warren.

Ella was a member of First Lutheran Church in Stephen where she served as a Sunday School teacher and LCR leader for many years. She was also a member of WELCA, the St. Petri circle, and an avid mission quilter at the church. She had served many years as a 4-H leader, was a member of a garden club, a homemaker’s club and a goodwill club.

Survivors include a daughter Judith (David) Loer of East Grand Forks, MN, a son Dennis (Pamela) Olson of Stephen, MN, 8 grandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Halbur of Cottage Grove, MN, Brian (Jennifer) Loer of East Grand Forks, MN, Nathan (Audrey) Loer of Browerville, MN, Jessica (Lucas) Brown, of Rochester, MN, Paul (Barbara) Olson, of Grand Forks, ND, Mark (Lana) Olson, of East Grand Forks, MN, Justin (Jamie) Olson, of East Grand Forks, MN, and Joel (Katie) Olson of Grand Forks, ND, 23 great-grand children, and 4 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Inyc (Robert) Hendricks, and a brother, Curtis (Jackie) Benson of Stephen, MN, a sister-in-law Pearl Smidt of Stephen, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ella was preceded in death by her husband Gilbert and a sister Verna Koland of Sandstone, MN.

Funeral services are scheduled for Friday, August 6th, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in First Lutheran Church, Stephen.

[Interred Stephen cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky