LaVerne Lorraine Olson LaVerne Lorraine Olson
(November 8, 1924 - June 22, 2011)

LaVerne Lorraine Else was born November 8, 1924 to Fird and Anna (Blow) Else at Dickey, North Dakota, where she grew up and attended school. LaVerne married Palmer Olson in 1943. They lived in the LaMoure, North Dakota area, before moving to Sanborn, North Dakota. After raising their seven children, LaVerne went to work at the Sheyenne Nursing Home, Valley City, North Dakota. In 1979, they moved to Oakes, where LaVerne was employed at the Good Samaritan Society. Palmer passed away on November 1, 2003, and LaVerne continued to make her home in Oakes.

LaVerne was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, which she attended faithfully with family. LaVerne had so much love in her heart for all, and will be missed by all who knew her. It was evident how the Lord was part of her life, and how her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the love of her life.

LaVerne went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 22, 2011. She died at the Good Samaritan Society in Oakes, under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley, having reached the age of 86.

She is survived by children, Judy (Jack) Wendel and Philip (Bernadette) Olson, all of Longview, WA, Leroy Olson, Oakes, ND, Marian Seelye, Longview, WA, William Olson, Valley City, ND, and Karen Peters, Oakes, ND. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. LaVerne was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Palmer, a son David, and her brothers and sisters.

The funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Oakes, ND, with Reverend Rod Nygren officiating. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a prayer service starting at 7:00 p.m. at Dahlstrom Funeral Home, Oakes, ND, and on Tuesday one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at the Oakes View Cemetery, with lunch to follow at Grace Lutheran Church, which everyone is invited to.