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Mary Ann Knudson Olson
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Birth: Jul. 11, 1935
Lake County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Feb. 12, 2004
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA

Mary Ann (Knudson) Olson, age 68, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2004, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer.

Mary Ann was born on July 11, 1935, in Wigdahl, Minnesota, to parents Ruth and Ole C. Knudson.

A Memorial Service was held at the First Lutheran Church of Alexandria on February 16 with Reverend John Peshek and Reverend Giles Ekola officiating. Burial was in the Kinkead Sunset Cemetery in Alexandria. Music was provided by Robin Backlund and Cog and Bob Anderson and the organist was Diane Alveshere.

Mary Ann received her first schooling in Corral. The family then moved to Nelson and she continued her education first in a country school and then at Nelson Elementary School to the eighth grade.

In her early years she worked at Osterberg's Cafe and also at Andy's Interlachen Inn. Later Mary worked at the Douglas County Hospital for several years as a dietary aide.

Mary was united in marriage to Burdette Lyle Olson on June 30, 1958. To this union four children were born: Tamara Kay, Timothy Ray, Damon Troy and Richard Todd.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her father: Ole C. Knudson; brothers: Clarence and Clayton Knudson; and son: Damon Troy.

Mary is survived by her mother: Ruth of Starbuck; brother: Lawrence (Deanna) Knudson; husband: Burdette Olson; daughter: Tamara Kay, all of Alexandria; sons: Timothy Olson of Janesville, WI; Richard (Jennifer) Olson of Farmington; grandchildren: Joe Olson of Moorhead; Eric Olson of Sauk Rapids; Griffin Olson of Farmington; sister-in-law: Norma Reiland of Alexandria; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary was a devoted, loving wife, mother and grandmother who enjoyed life to the fullest. Her proudest accomplishments are her children and family. Mary's hobbies were going to baseball games, needlepoint, crossword puzzles and cooking and baking for family and friends. She enjoyed her home and planting flowers in the yard. Her greatest hobby/activity was taking her children to the Viking Speedway every Saturday night to see the stock car races for more than 35 years.

Her optimistic spirit, her bright smile and her abundant laughter will be sadly missed by her family and friends. Blessed be her memory.

Memorial arrangements were handled by the Cremation Society of Minnesota.
Family links: 
  Ole C Knudson (1901 - 1961)
  Ruth E Knudson Eliason (1914 - 2004)
  Burdette Lyle Olson (1935 - 2007)
  Clarence Knudson (1934 - 1946)*
  Mary Ann Knudson Olson (1935 - 2004)
  Lawrence Odell Knudson (1939 - 2010)*
  Clayton Burdette Knudson (1944 - 1969)*
*Calculated relationship
Kinkead Cemetery
Douglas County
Minnesota, USA
Created by: Sherry Hess
Record added: Jan 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32788501
Mary Ann <i>Knudson</i> Olson
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 Added: Jan. 9, 2009

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