|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1906|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 2007|
Myrtle Maxine McDonald Olson, 101, beloved wife of the late Clarence E. Olson, entered into eternal rest with the Lord on November 16, 2007. She died peacefully at the Golden Living Center with her family at her side.
Myrtle was born September 8, 1906, on the family farm south of Blair, Nebraska to John and Anna (McBride) McDonald. She was the tenth of eleven children and the last surviving sibling. Myrtle attended country school and graduated from Blair High School in 1925. She became a schoolteacher and taught in rural schools for two years prior to her marriage.
Myrtle married Clarence on October 22, 1927 in Fremont, Nebraska. They were happily married for 59 years. The first few years of their married life they lived south of Herman, southwest of Tekamah and in 1939 settled into their home east of Tekamah where they would live for 37 years while raising their family of five sons and one daughter. In 1976 Myrtle and Clarence moved into town. Myrtle continued living in her home until the age of 96 before entering the Golden Living Center.
The early years of Myrtle's life were full of music. She grew up in a home where everyone learned to play an instrument. Her family had a band that played at many social gatherings such as weddings, barn dances, parties and the Old Settlers Picnics. They also played for the early WOW radio station. Myrtle's love for music was unique. She is best remembered for her exceptional ability to play the piano by ear, however her talents were not limited to just the piano. Myrtle played a variety of musical instruments. Her repertoire was extensive and her performances were full of the love she had for life that she could celebrate through her music. Her beautiful hands touched the keys of the piano for the last time on October 27, 2007.
Myrtle took great pride in her family and her home. She loved and enjoyed the many family gatherings throughout the years and she always looked forward to visitors on the farm where everyone was made to feel welcome and encouraged to stay for a meal and a cup of coffee. She frequently served dozens of eggs and stacks of pancakes to those who happened to be there in the mornings. Her smile was as big as her heart and her greetings to you would always end with "God Bless You!" She taught life's values by example – helpfulness, responsibility, thriftiness, patience and love; and had a quiet, but strong and enduring faith. She once said her family was getting so big that she couldn't pray for them all after going to bed so she started her prayers in the easy chair before retiring. She was a lifetime member of the Tekamah Methodist Church. She will be remembered with great admiration and love.
Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence in 1986, two sons; Carroll (1988) and Clarence "‘June" (2007) and grandson Randy Olson (2007) and infant great grandson Benjamin Olson (1992). She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-laws; Lloyd and Doris, Rick and Judy all of Tekamah, Ron and Kathy of Valley and Jaccie Olson of Dakota City; and daughter and son-in-law Ann and Raymond Warren of Elkhorn; nineteen grandchildren, thirty-nine great grandchildren and twenty-nine great-great grandchildren and a wealth of relatives and friends.
FUNERAL SERVICE: Monday, November 19, 2007 at 10:30 am, at the United Methodist Church in Tekamah.
VISITATION: Sunday 1 - 8 pm with family receiving friends from 3 - 5 pm at Pelan Funeral Services Tekamah and Monday one hour prior to services at the church.
BURIAL: Blair Cemetery, Blair, Nebraska, Monday at 1:00 pm
MEMORIALS: United Methodist Church, Tekamah Rescue Squad
Clarence E. Olson (1904 - 1986)*
Created by: Tracy Turner
Record added: Apr 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36409650
Added: Sep. 30, 2014