Ardis Olson

Oct. 13, 1925-March 23, 2014

MARSHALL – Services for Ardis V. Olson, 88, of Marshall, formerly of the Dawson and Canby areas, will be 1 p.m. Friday at St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Marshall. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Borgund Lutheran Cemetery, rural Madison. Hamilton Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Ardis passed away in the early morning hours of March 23, 2014, at the Morningside Heights Care Center in Marshall with her daughter and granddaughter by her side.

Ardis Viola was born Oct. 13, 1925, in Lac qui Parle County to Axel and Jennie (Gulgren) Anderson. She was welcomed to God’s family through baptism and confirmation at the Mission Covenant Church. In her early years, Ardis lived on a farm site near Dawson, with siblings, Melvern, Opal, Lois, Wallace, Wesley, Milo and Ordell. Ardis attended country school and later Dawson High School where she proudly graduated 13th in a class of 75. One of Ardis’ first jobs after high school was in a caf in Dawson. That is where she met her lifelong friend and partner, Grant Olson. Ardis fondly recalled that after their first date, Grant went home and told his mother that he had met the girl he was going to marry. And he was right. They wed on Aug. 31, 1947. Ardis and Grant enjoyed 47 years of marriage most of which Ardis worked side by side with Grant in their salvage and towing business just outside of Canby. They raised eight children together: Jeannine, Dennis, Jeanette, Janice, Jennifer, Judy, Joyce and Jackie. They were also the very proud grandparents of 22 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. After Grant passed in 1994, Ardis bravely began a new leg of her life journey by moving to Marshall where she kept busy with her family, made new friends and became an active member and volunteer at St. Stephen Lutheran Church. Ardis lived a full life and was grateful for so many things. In her own words, she simply stated, “Our life was wonderful. Worked hard, never really hoped to get rich, but we were truly blessed with all our children and grandchildren.”

Ardis is survived by her seven children Jeannine (and Russ) Borgendale of Hutchinson, Dennis (and Marcia) Olson of Milbank, S.D., Jeanette (and Jerry) Lindberg of Hutchinson, Jennifer (and Dean) Karschnik of Hill City, S.D., Judy (and Scott) Messenbrink of Pine, Colo., Joyce (and Glenn) Christianson of Marshall and Jackie (and Randy) Johnson of Marshall; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Opal Hauge and Lois Ludvigson, both of Dawson; also many other beloved relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Grant; daughter, Janice Olson-Larson; five siblings, Melvern Miller, Wallace Anderson, Wesley Anderson, Milo Anderson and Ordell Anderson, and son-in-law, Bradley Ennenga.

She will be missed beyond words.

Blessed be her memory.

Hamilton Funeral Home