Evelyn Bertha Laura Olson

Memorial services celebrating the life of Evelyn Bertha Laura Olson, age 86, of Holdingford, Minn., formerly of Minot, N.D., will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at the Community Country Church in Holdingford. Pastor Gregg Valentine will officiate and burial will take place at the South Elmdale Cemetery at a later date. Evelyn passed away peacefully early Wednesday morning surrounded by her family. There will be a gathering prior to the service from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. Arrangements are being made with the Miller-Carlin Funeral Home of Holdingford.

Evelyn was born March 22, 1927, to Albert and Florence Howe in Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk, England. She grew up in England with her five siblings and emigrated to the United States in October of 1947.

Evelyn married Charles Olson on Dec. 2, 1947, in Minot, N.D., where together they raised their 10 children. She spent many years as a mother and homemekaer as well as a caregiver to others.

After Charles’ death in 2006, Evelyn spent a few years traveling to visit her children and siblings, who are spread out in the United States, England, and Canada. She relocated to Holdingford in 2008 to be near her family. Evelyn was a member of the Holdingford Pedals to Petals Garden Club, the British Wives Club, and the local senior citizens group. She enjoyed watching poker on TV and was an avid card player who took cards very seriously. Evelyn attended the Country Community Church in Holdingford.

Evelyn is survived by: her children, Imogene (Derry) Crouch, of England; Ruthe (Mike) Odden, Holdingford; Joyce Olson, Holdingford; Dorothy Olson, of Arizona; Don (Sandee) Olson, of Ohio; Robert Olson, of Washington; Ron (Taryce) Olson, of North Dakota; Pete (Jan) Olson, of Arizona; daughter-in-law Geri Olson, of North Dakota; her 23 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren; and her siblings, Dorothy LaMont, of Canada; Ben Howe, of England; and Burt Howe, of England.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Florence Howe; her husband, Charles Olson; her children, Kenneth Olson and Marion Geiser; her stepson, Chuck Olson; her brothers, Don and Peter Howe; and her grandsons, Danny Geiser and Nick Olson.