|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1912|
North Dakota, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 2010|
Olga A. Thorson Reynolds, 98, passed away Nov. 18, 2010, in Bozeman, Mont.
She had moved from Bismarck in 2007 to be near her son, Lloyd, and family. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 22, at the First Lutheran Church, Mandan. Officiating will be the Rev. Lee Herberg and the Rev. David Knecht. Burial will be in the Mandan Union Cemetery.
Visitation will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan.
Olga was born March 12, 1912, to Martin and Martha (Nysater) Thorson. She grew up on her parents' farm northeast of Flasher, receiving her education in a rural school and Mandan High School. She married Leonard A. Reynolds December 23, 1930, in Mandan. They made their home in Flasher. Five children were born to this union. Olga spent years as an at-home mother and homemaker. She was very active in the United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and belonged to the church circle. She was always interested in all school activities and followed her children's various sports activities.
Olga eventually worked as a bookkeeper at the Occident Elevator where Leonard was a manager for several years. His job took them to Lark, for two years. Olga was post mistress there for one year. They moved back to Flasher again and she worked in the elevator part time. In October 1950 she went to work for Mor-Gran-Sou Electric Cooperative as a cashier and receptionist. In a few years she earned the title of accounts receivable supervisor. Olga maintained that job for nearly 17 years. By that time, Leonard had passed away (1952) and their five children had all graduated from Valley City State University and were married and off on their own.
With encouragement from her son, Lloyd, and her son-in-law, Gayle (G.B.) Livingston, Olga resigned her job at Mor-Gran-Sou and went to Tacoma, Wash. She began working for Pacific Coal and Oil Co. but after two months, she received an offer for a head resident position at Valley City State University in North Dakota. Olga accepted the offer and maintained this position for 21 years. "Ma Reynolds" touched the lives of hundreds of college students. She became a great counselor for her girls and made sure that her dorm was spotless. She performed many extra duties such as refinishing 96 small bookcases and one grand piano in the old East Hall. Olga was chosen to be Grand Marshall of the 1986 Homecoming Parade. All five children and spouses returned to be with her during this special honoring.
Olga also worked for Saga and Marriott Food Services checking IDs during dinner hour at the Student Center. While in Valley City, she was a member of the Epworth Methodist Church, belonged to the circle and a Bible study group.
After retiring from the college, Olga moved to Mandan, where she was close to her sisters and brothers and their families. None of her children had remained in North Dakota. While here, Olga was a member of First Lutheran Church, Miriam Circle, and a Bible study group. Her hobbies were crocheting afghans, crossword puzzles, and reading. She crocheted well over 100 afghans and shared them with family and friends.
She was also an ardent letter writer and eventually an ardent e-mailer. Olga loved to travel and spent as much time as possible traveling to see her families in Washington and Montana. She traveled to Norway and Washington, D.C. and said that these trips were never to be forgotten.
Olga leaves in her passing her family of five and their spouses. Two daughters and sons-in-law, Gayle and Stan Gibbons, Tacoma, Wash., and Mary and Ed Ternes, Helena, Mont.; and three sons and daughters-in-law, Lloyd and Joanne (Sheldon) Reynolds, Bozeman, Mont., Lee and Rita (Gress) Reynolds, Choteau, Mont., and Robert (deceased 2007) and Patty (Plumb) Reynolds, Tacoma, Wash. Olga leaves 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and six step-grandchildren. She also leaves her 100 year old sister-in-law, Carrie Thorson, Mandan; as well as many beloved nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews and many loving friends.
Olga was preceded in death by her parents, Martin and Martha Thorson; her husband, Leonard; son, Robert; son-in-law, G.B. Livingston; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Victor Nelson; sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and William Breuer; brother, Melvyn Thorson; and brother and sister-in-law, Elmer and Jeanne Thorson.
Mandan Union Cemetery
North Dakota, USA
Created by: Dale & Corinne Wise
Record added: Nov 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61909330