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Dorothy M. Olson – Dubuque, Iowa: Jan. 15, 1923 – Sept. 28, 2013

Posted: Thursday, Oct 3rd, 2013

Dorothy M. Olson, 90, died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Heritage Manor in Dubuque, Iowa.

Funeral services are at 10:30 am Friday at Rude’s Funeral Home in Brookings. Burial is in Greenwood Cemetery in Brookings. Visitation is one hour prior to the service starting at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.

Dorothy was born in Huron to Oscar and Lillian (Rude) Olson on Jan. 15, 1923. She married Gordon Olson on June 1, 1947, at the First Baptist Church in Huron. Gordon died Feb. 14, 2000.

She graduated from Huron High School in 1940. In high school she was a member of 4H and showed grand champion lambs at the South Dakota State Fair in 1939 and was a delegate to the National 4H Club Congress in Chicago.

She received her graduate nurse degree at Sioux Valley Hospital of Nursing in 1945 as well as a B.S. degree in nursing education at South Dakota State College in 1946. As an RN at Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing in Sioux Falls, she worked as an instructor and supervisor in the pediatric department until her marriage.

After her marriage to Gordon, they lived in Lincoln, Neb., where Dorothy was active in the Presbyterian Church women sewing for missions.

As a resident of Dubuque for more than 60 years, Dorothy was active in various community activities. She was a member of St Mark’s Lutheran Church for 38 years where she taught Sunday school and was involved in church women projects making layettes, quilts and children packets for missions.

She served as president, treasurer and committee chair during her 30 years with Church Women United. She was recognized as a Valiant Woman in May of 1984 by the Church Women United of the Dubuque Area.

She served as county 4H leader and volunteer. She was treasurer of the Dubuque County Women’s Food Service for 20 years at the annual Dubuque County Fair.

She served as a precinct election official for 30 years in Dubuque County and city elections. Dorothy was a gardener, seamstress and bird watcher with a continuous sense of humor. She baked homemade bread and rolls, which everyone enjoyed eating – especially her grandchildren and sons.

She is survived by three sons, Larry of Platteville, Wis., James of Hazelton, Iowa, and Steven (Sue) of Asbury, Iowa, and three grandchildren

She was preceded in death by her husband; four brothers, Donald, Harlan, Arthur and Robert and one sister, Eleanor.

Condolences may be sent to the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.

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