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Lois Ann Olson

December 4, 1943 October 19, 2015
Lois Ann Olson
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Obituary for Lois Ann Olson

Worthington, MN


      Lois A. “Kelly” Wooldridge was born December 4, 1943, at Mercy Hospital in Mason City, IA to Edward and Florence (Hamstreet) Wooldridge. She skipped one grade in middle school and later graduated valedictorian from Forest City High School.

      On March 3, 1962 she was united in marriage to Don R. Olson in Forest City, IA. She took a job for a short time at Minnesota-Ontario Paper Company in Minneapolis, MN and then joined Don at the Ft. Riley Army Base in Kansas. After their daughter was born, they moved to rural Ellsworth, MN. While living there, their son was born. In 1972 the family moved to an acreage outside of Ocheyedan, IA, and later to Worthington, MN. Kelly was a homemaker and had a 2+ acre garden for many years where she raised produce for local grocery stores.

      Before multiple sclerosis made it impossible to do the things she loved, Kelly was an active member of Indian Lake Baptist Church where she served as a pianist, Sunday school and Bible school teacher, GMG (girls club) leader and with the women’s ministry. She enjoyed gardening and raising flowers, reading, spending time with her grandchildren, camping and interacting with the customers while working at the Ocheda Apple Orchard.

      Kelly died Monday, October 19, 2015, at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne, MN, where she was treated like family by the staff for the past 5 years.

      Kelly is survived by her husband of 53 years, Don; children Kim Pekas of Sioux Falls, SD; Greg (Sheila) Olson of Round Lake, MN; three granddaughters: Angela Pekas, Kelsey (Tom) Kramer and Macy Pekas; two grandsons: Roy (Corrie) Olson and Tyler (Trysten) Olson and two great-grandchildren: Brynn, Gavin and a third on the way. Lois was preceded in death by her parents and brothers Charles, Jim and Bob.

      Memorial services will be held Friday, October 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m., at the Indian Lake Baptist Church, 31141 Roberts Ave., Worthington, MN, with Pastor Jonathan Larson officiating. Burial will be in the Indian Lake Baptist Cemetery.

      Visitation will be held Thursday, October 22, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the Benson Funeral Home in Worthington, MN.

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