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Dorothy Olson

Dorothy Olson, 90 of Bristol and formerly of Webster died on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at Sun Dial Manor in Bristol. Services will be 1:00 P.M. Monday October 23, 2017 at Westside Wesleyan Church in Bristol. Pastor Lynn Lutz will officiate. Burial will be in the Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home 5-7 P.M. Sunday closing with a 7 P.M. prayer service. Dorothy was born in 1927 in Gwinner, North Dakota to Ray and Agnes Westra. One of 9 children, Dorothy spent her life surrounded by her family as well as the family of her late husband, Woodrow. Dorothy was married for 64 years to the love of her life, Woodrow Olson, who preceded her in death in 2013. Dorothy was known for her Blue Ribbon canning and baking. You could always count on Dorothy for a homemade sweet and we all remember her cream cheese mints and her Swedish Tea Rings! Over the many years she served this community, she was Crowned Pumpkin Queen and Vinegar Queen and was named Legionette of The Year. She was also named Volunteer of the Year by the Bethesda Nursing Home, and she spent countless hours making life better for those around her. Dorothy spent her life serving her church and her community. She was involved in Women's Missionary Society and she taught Sunday School for many years. She spent years caring for little ones at the church and she babysat for many working mothers in both Aberdeen and Webster, SD. You always knew you would see her teaching children and sharing her love of Jesus with them. Her Teddy Bear Picnics and Tea Parties were legendary. She spent many years caring for the elderly in their own homes and serving meals at the retirement home in Webster. There was always a seat at her table and a place in her home for friends or strangers. Dorothy spent more than 25 years serving the American Legion Auxiliary. Dorothy and Woodrow were very patriotic. Dorothy had the heart of a true servant of God. Dorothy touched so many lives. She will be dearly and greatly missed by all who knew her. Dorothy is preceded in death by her loving husband Woodrow Olson, her brothers Jack Westra and Jerry Westra, and her sister Thelma She is survived by her loving children Lynda (David) Bruner of Bel Air, MD, Everett (Sandy) Olson, of Marysville, WA, Ramona (John) Woodman of Aberdeen, SD, Darlene Maxwell of Mound, MN, Carolyn Olson of Lawrence, KS, Twyla Olson of Webster, SD, and David (Janell) Olson of International Falls, MN, her three grandchildren and their spouses and seven great grandchildren, her siblings. Helen Warwick, John Westra, Grace Landmark, Margie Roney, James Westra, and her late husband’s loving family Alice Seline, Violet Wyum, Shirley Maher, and Donald Olson, and dozens of nieces and nephews.

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I would like to offer my condolences to the Olson family. 92 years is quite an accomplishment according to the Bible (Psalm 90:10) and I know Ms. Dorothy has left you with many precious memories and will be greatly missed. Hopefully scripture will give you comfort because our loving heavenly Father, Jehovah God (Psalm 83:18), is promising us he will do away with man's worst enemy, death. This is found for us at Rev. 21: 4; "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore." For more comforting scriptures please visit: http://bit.ly/1K38EFt. It has given me hope, strengthened my faith and helped me find the answer to Why? I know it will do the same for you. John 17;3 God's kingdom that Jesus taught us to pray for at Matthew 6: 9, 10 will bring about these wonderful promises including the resurrection. John 6: 40 tells us: "For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who recognizes the Son and exercises faith in him should have everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day." Also, Titus 1: 2 tells us this promise of a resurrection: "is based on a hope of the everlasting life that God, who cannot lie, promised long ago. Isaiah 26:19 "Your dead will live......And the earth will let those powerless in death come to life." Isaiah 25:8 "He will swallow up death forever. For Jehovah himself has spoken it." This is a wonderful promise made to us by our heavenly father and I pray it brings you comfort and hope. Jehovah invites you to throw all your burdens on him and he will sustain you in your time of grief. Psalm 34:18 I pray it will bring you comfort to please watch this faith strengthening video: "Can The Dead Really Live Again?" https://vimeo.com/232445509 Again, I offer my sincere condolences to the family. Feel free to contact me at my email address: myranj@centurytel.net

Julie Jarmon Nov 6 2017 12:00 AM

My sympathy to you and your family, Lynda! She was a wonderful lady!!

Deb Canton Oct 22 2017 12:00 AM

Dorothy. My second Mom. Oh, the memories! The tea parties, patiently waiting in line with my "sisters" for you to french braid our hair (so tight we couldn't close our eyes), cleaning chickens, fry bread, your wonderful brown bread, which should never be frozen!, our hour long talks when I would call you in Bristol. So many more memories! You were an important part of my life. Soar with the Angels. And as my brother called you, Gorty Mud Olson, til we meet again. Love, Cindy

Cindy Sinner Yanta Oct 21 2017 12:00 AM

1967-1968 Miss Olson and Big Daddy gave my 3 sons such great care and love. Tom was in VietNam, I was teaching home ec at WHS. Could not have survived by myself without their help. Loving, kind, gentle people. Janice Rumpca Howard

Janice Howard Oct 21 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Olson

Janice Howard Oct 21 2017 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy are with you during this time of loss. I hope you can find reassurance in the care of your friends and family, and allow the loving memories you have of her to help you through this time. She was a good to friend to my grandmother and was grateful to her for that. Shari Morehouse

Shari Morehouse Oct 20 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Dorothy Olson

Shari Morehouse Oct 20 2017 12:00 AM

I remember the spaghetti dinners we were invited to. Your whole family was so generous as you know we did not have many "sit down" dinners. Dorothy always did her part to make sure that we had food and we experienced a loving family environment. It was pretty amazing the food that she created in such a small kitchen and also how high she could kick.

Michael Williams Oct 20 2017 12:00 AM

I will take such good care of my Shamrock plant in the future because it struggled to do well in my office st SDM until Dorothy "came to its rescue"! I still think of her when I look at it...it's doing very well now...and so is dear Dorothy! My sympathies!

PeggyPearson Oct 20 2017 12:00 AM

What can I say...You will be so missed. You were the mom for many kids. You will always be the only TUPPERWARE LADY in my life. I took a lot of mom's, so I know that came from YOU. Many times the Anderson kids got the message to WALK OVER TO OLSONS AFTER SCHOOL...You shared some of your famous bread recipes with me, always marked DOROTHY'S.....will think of you as that molasses dark bread comes out of the oven. As we shed tears of sadness, you have the joy of beginning your eternal life. Know that you have left a profound effect on those you left here....Your words, your actions, your warmth, your love. You were always there with a hug and a listening ear. Often you had that I TOLD YOU SO conversation with the wit of wisdom tossed in. You all will be in my thoughts knowing for sure Dorothy will interject something...maybe a tap on the shoulder, a another memory singing out. Hugs and Love....Joyce Anderson Nokleby

Joyce Anderson Nokleby Oct 20 2017 12:00 AM

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