|Death: ||Apr. 27, 2009|
Anne Rogers Olson, 95, of Cornville, Ariz., died of pneumonia April 27 at a Cottonwood, Ariz., medical facility.
At her request, no services are planned. Westcott Funeral Home in Cottonwood is handling arrangements.
Survivors are sister Elaine Hagestad of Polson, Mont.; daughter Arlene Doney Penhallegon of Cornville; son Roger and Helene Doney of Whitefish, Mont., and Peoria, Ariz.; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by stepson Gary and Wynona Olson of Glendale; a granddaughter and two great-grandchildren and stepdaughter Joyce Howieson of Havre; and two granddaughters.
She was born Feb. 24, 1914, in a house by the old library in Chinook, Mont., to homesteaders Benton and Ara Pratt Rogers. There were no schools nearby, so she and sisters were tutored by a neighbor until winter closed them in. They were driven by horse and buggy or "stone boat" to the new Hope School. Anne took the reins when she got a little older, but moved to Chinook for the school year when she was in the eighth grade. At 18 she worked for the Enfort family in Bears Paw Mountains with four small children and earned $12 a month. She was courted by Clifford Doney to school house dances where he played the fiddle. His family had a cattle ranch about eight miles south, where she later cared for his ill mother.
Anne's folks sold the farm in 1933 and moved to Roseburg, Ore. She and Clifford married in 1934. Daughter Arlene was born in 1935 and son Roger in 1936. Clifford worked the family farm and was a mechanic and welder when they moved to Chinook. They divorced in 1945.
She and O.A. Olson married and bought Spa, a family bar and gathering place in Zurich until they sold in 1971 and moved to their small farm. Ole died in 1976.
In 1982, Arlene and husband Wade moved Anne to be near them in Cornville, where she continued to excel in gardening, canning and mowing the yard until she was 90.
She was a wonderful neighbor and friend to all who knew her. When her eyes started to fail, Anne moved in with Arlene.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother and a sister.
Anne had a great sense of humor and will be fondly remembered by many and greatly missed by all who knew her.
Condolences may be posted online at www.westcottfuneralhome.com and/or www.gftribune.com/obituaries.
Created by: ROA
Record added: May 09, 2009
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