Rose Julia Olson, 90, formerly of Conrad, passed away July 20. Memorial service was held July 29 at the Pondera Funeral Chapel. Pondera Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Rose was born on July 13, 1923 to August and Juliane Larson, in Iona Township, Minn.  The family included Rose, her older sister Lilly, and brothers Elmer, Herman, Leonard and Carl. Growing up, she was neighbors to Royal and his family. It wasn’t until 16 years later Rose and Royal met again in Rose City, Minn.  Rose was working at the local mercantile and Royal had just finished welding school in Minneapolis.  During this time Royal was drafted into the Army and several years later, on Dec. 22, 1943, they were wed while Royal was home on furlough. Rose and Royal moved to Washington where Royal shipped out. During the war “Rosie the Riveter” helped repair airplanes at McCord Field.  After Royal was discharged from the army, they moved back to Rose City where children Carolyn, Randy, Linda and Winston were born.  In 1961 the family moved to Conrad to join Royal’s brother Norman in a family excavating business.  Rose worked several jobs, but most notably at Drakes Drug Store, and as the bookkeeper for Olson Brothers Excavating. In 1987, Rose and Royal retired and moved to their cabin home in Lincoln. They enjoyed traveling the United States in their motor home, including trips to Alaska, Hawaii, Nashville, Branson, visits to the Corn Palace, threshing bees, along with many trips to Minnesota to visit family and friends.  One of the highlights for Rose was a picture taken with Mickey Gilley.

Rose enjoyed numerous hobbies from crocheting doilies, embroidery, making blankets for the grandkids and veterans to scrapbooking with her daughters. You could count on conversation, cookies and coffee whenever you stopped by for a visit. She enjoyed feeding the birds, especially the Hummingbirds.  She also had a favorite doe she called “funny face” that had a deformed mouth that she used to feed by hand. 

Rose will always be remembered for her kindness, generosity and friendship. She was a loving wife and mother who was always there for her family. She loved children and they were a bright spot in her later days. She was blessed with 10 grandchildren, 15-1/2 great-grandchildren, with one due in August and two great-great-grandchildren.

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