Violet E. Olson

Violet E. Olson, 91, of Garfield, MN, died on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Brandon Assisted Living.

Violet Esther Vivian Anderson Olson was born April 28, 1929, in Holmes City Township to Hjalmer and Esther (Dahlstrom) Anderson. Her mother and twin sister passed away that same day.

Violet was baptized May 1, 1929, at her mother’s funeral at Oscar Lake Lutheran Church. She lived with her grandparents. She was confirmed at Oscar Lake Lutheran Church July 11, 1943. She attended country school at Douglas County Districts 80 and 29.

On September 2, 1950, she was united in marriage to Lloyd S. Olson at the Oscar Lake Lutheran Church. They made their home in Minneapolis for 2 years, then in 1953 they began farming near Kensington.

After 9 years of renting, they bought a farm near Brandon in 1961. Their marriage was blessed with 7 daughters and 2 sons. Her children were very precious. Having had a lonely childhood, she wanted her kids to have each other as playmates. She was very proud of her children and especially the fact that all 7 daughters had university degrees. Lloyd passed away suddenly in 1989. Her son Brad took over the farming and she continued living on the farm until November 2018, when she moved to the Brandon Assisted Living.

Violet will be remembered for her love of books, dolls, dogs, and in later years, her pet cats. Having waited for kids to come home for Christmas each year, on December 20, 2020, Violet went home to Lloyd for Christmas.

In addition to her husband, parents, and twin sister, she was also preceded in death by her sister Eleanor Bridwell and brother William Anderson. She is survived by her 9 children: Sandra (Conrad) Barth, Steven (Cathy) Olson, Dr. ViAnn Olson, Sharon Marcotte, Brenda (Stephen) Nelson, Julie (Allen) Christianson, Brad (Robyn) Olson, Beverly (Eric) Olson and Melanie (Kent) Courrier; 14 grandchildren: Jennifer (Jon) Plemon, Angela Barth, Stephanie (Kirby) Lund, Ashley (Jon) Marquette, Ryan Nelson, Ross Nelson, Alexa Nelson, Alayna (Justin) Denison, Garrett (Cara) Christianson, Kasey (Lawren) Olson, Tyler Olson, Zoe Olson, Emily Courrier, and Jack Courrier; 9 great grandchildren; longtime friend, Audrey Larum and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private Service: 2:00 P.M., Wednesday, December 23, 2020, at West Moe Lutheran Church in Brandon, MN.

Clergy: Pastor Angie Larson

Interment: West Moe Lutheran Cemetery, Brandon, MN

A Livestream of the service will be available at 2 P.M., on Violets, obituary page.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted with the Glende-Nilson Funeral Home of Evansville.

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