Inez Olsen

October 11, 2018

obit inez olsen 2018_10_08_08_07_240001June 20, 1918 – Oct. 5, 2018

Inez Olsen, age 100, of Hendricks, passed away Friday, Oct. 5 at the Hen­dricks Nursing Home. Fu­neral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 11 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby, with Rev. Levi Bollerud officiating. Burial will be in Marble Lutheran Cemetery, rural Canby. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 10, 5-7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Houseman Fu­neral Home, Birk Chapel in Canby. The visitation will resume Thursday one hour prior to the service at the church.
Inez Mervina (Oien) Ols­en was born June 20, 1918 in Brookings County, South Dakota to Martin and Ida (Ellingson) Oien. She at­tended school in Brookings County. Inez was baptized and confirmed at Singsaas Lutheran Church and was a member of Marble Lu­theran Church for 50 years. In 1987 she joined Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Canby.
Inez married Alvin J. Ol­sen on Sept. 30, 1937 at St. Stephen’s Church in Canby. For 54 years she worked alongside Alvin with farm­ing and raising livestock. In addition, she enjoyed gar­dening. She was an excel­lent cook and baked many cookies, breads and pies. Inez was famous for her donuts; they were enjoyed in 23 states and in Norway. She worked as a nurse’s aide, in home health care, and helped many people as a volunteer. She was ac­tive as a 4-H leader, faithful in attending church with her children, and attended many school activities. She loved to play Bingo with Al­vin in various towns.
In 2000 she moved to an apartment in Hendricks, where she continued to make her donuts, which she loved to share. Inez was spunky and had quite the sense of humor. She was also known for her knowledge of relatives and if anyone needed an expla­nation or history about ge­nealogy she would have the answer. She loved to visit and enjoyed her visits from relatives. She especially enjoyed her gift of home­made soup. In 2013 she moved into the Hendricks Nursing Home, where she passed away at the age of 100 years, three months and 10 days. She will be laid to rest wrapped in a family quilt lovingly made for her 90th birthday, in a casket preciously made by her son Curt.
Inez is loving remem­bered by her six children— Don Olsen of Ivanhoe, Marlin (Marcia) Olsen of Hendricks, Alden (Janet) Olsen of Hendricks, Larry (Judy) Olsen of Jackson, Curt (Karen) Olsen of Canby, and Lois (Roger) Lensing of Porter; 20 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren; sister Edna Franett (who will be 103 in November) of Glendale, California; and one nephew, Kelly Franett of Glendale, California.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Alvin, daughter-in-law Carol Olsen, brother Hjalmer Oien, and great-grandsons Jimmy Peace and Brandon Lucus.
Faith and hard work was her motto. Inez’s favorite color was purple, so please feel free to wear purple. Blessed be her memory.

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