The family of Marion Olson sadly announce her passing on September 10th, 2020, at the age of 78.
Marion was the loving wife of the late Ronald Olson. Her memory will be cherished by her children Vivian (Robert) Wagner, Damaris (Glen) Crawford, Sharon (Brian) Wirth, Tim Olson and her beloved grandchildren.
OLSON – Marion Olson went peacefully into the embrace of her Lord and Saviour September 10, 2020 after living with cancer for 16 years.
She was born May 25, 1942 to Hilda and Raymond Wagner in Eatonia, Saskatchewan. She attended school in LaPorte and Eatonia, doing very well with her studies. She continued her education at the University of Saskatchewan in the College of Arts and Science and College of Education, Saskatoon Business College and Business Administration through the Community College.
Marion and Ron were married June 29, 1962. They taught two years in Milden, SK, then Ron went back to university for two years before the family moved to Kindersley in 1967. They were blessed with three daughters and one son. They maintained a busy life of raising their family including helping on Marion’s parents’ family farm.
A servant at heart, Marion was devoted to people through her involvement as a volunteer with many associations including, and not limited to, St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Kindersley and District Arts Council, and Kindersley Music Festival Association. In 1988, Marion was honoured by being one of eight recipients in the province to receive the Saskatchewan Volunteer Recognition Award for her efforts in relation to the Kindersley Music Festival Association. In the local elementary and high schools, she accompanied class singing as well as individual musicians for festivals. As an office administrator from 1981 to 2006 at the high school, she was an inspiration to countless numbers of staff and students. In everything she did, the DOING was the reward and she expected nothing in return.
Ron and Marion started an Amway business in their later years, which Marion continued after Ron’s passing, enjoying the opportunity to get to know and serve even more people in the community.
Marion was the coolest grandma, ziplining and driving ATV’s in Mexico, skydiving, baking with and for the kids, spending hours on highways to be at many of their special concerts and events. She cherished every grandchild and considered all children as treasures.
During Ron’s many hospitalizations, she recognized a need for care of the caregiver as well as the patient and was a participant in the development of the Palliative Care unit at the Kindersley Hospital. Marion was a community-minded individual, always ready to chat with her neighbours. Everywhere she went was her opportunity to visit with anyone she knew or had yet to meet. In hospital or around the community, she was known for her kind words of grace and inspiration.
She enjoyed baking, birdwatching, gardening, quilting, sewing, and preparing school kits for Canadian Lutheran World Relief, functions at church including directing and accompanying junior and senior choirs, leadership in the church women’s group, times of community fellowship with music and food, and singing with the community choir.
Marion loved her Lord and her family, and prayed regularly for each family member. Marion was predeceased by her parents Hilda (Hoffman) and Raymond Wagner; her loving husband Ronald on May 13, 2013; her sister Marlene Harksen. She leaves to mourn her children Vivian (Robert) Wagner of Kelowna, Damaris (Glen) Crawford of Edmonton, Sharon (Brian) Wirth of Ottawa, Tim Olson of Calgary; grandchildren Rebecca and Kristina Wagner; Adam (Eliza), Jeffrey (Kieran) and Gregory (Alexandria) Crawford; Jacob & Julia Wirth; Andrew, Lauren, Alyssa, Ethan and Alexander Olson; sister Beatrice (Ron) Scott , brother Vernon (Jackie) Wagner; sisters-in-law Alice (Horst) Hennig, Matilda Olson, Evelyn Olson, Olga Klassen, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, godchildren and many friends.
A private Celebration of Life Service was held September 13, 2020 at St. Olaf Lutheran Church, Kindersley. Officiated by Rev. Scott Kopperud. Kindersley Funeral Home was entrusted with funeral arrangements. Due to the current social distancing regulations the family regrets not being able to share the grieving process with the community and many more family members. A link to the recording of the service can be found by clicking the video tribute link https://youtube/-8cyGmtd_bc
A special thanks to the health care community, friends and family who have supported us during this difficult time.
Donations in memory of Marion may be made to St. Olaf Lutheran Church or Canadian Lutheran World Relief (www.clwr.org)
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