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Helen L. Olson
Helen L. Olson, 95, of Langdon, ND, died Saturday, October 27, 2018, at Maple Manor Care Center in Langdon.
Helen Louise Jennings was born to Albert and Lillian (Dunford) Jennings on August 1, 1923, on the family farm near Langdon, ND. She attended grade school in Harvey Township and graduated valedictorian from Langdon High School in 1942. Helen attended North Dakota Agriculture College (now North Dakota State University) to train in Home Economics. Her schooling was interrupted by the sudden death of her father, and she returned home to help on the family farm.
She was united in marriage to Ronald Olson on November 26, 1947, in Fargo, North Dakota. They established their farmstead across the coulee from the Jennings family homestead. There they raised their four children. For several years she subbed at various county schools. She stayed busy caring for her children, gardening and especially took pleasure in landscaping their farmyard. HelenÃ¢â¬â¢s hands were never idle, and she was a very capable woman. She was an excellent seamstress and many people benefited from her clothing alteration and drapery business. She also drove the school bus for a number of years.
Ron and Helen retired from the farm and moved to Langdon in 1982. There she worked as secretary to the administrator of Maple Manor. She and Ron spent 10 winters volunteering their sewing and electrical skills at the Rio Grande Bible Institute near Edinburg, Texas. They had recently resided at Wheatland Estates in Langdon.
Helen's Christian faith was very important to her and she served the Lord in various ministries at Stillwell Community Church, Evangelical United Brethren Church and Emmanuel Evangelical Church. She was active in the Gideons International Auxiliary, Maple Manor Auxiliary and Stillwell Homemakers Club.
Helen is survived by her husband of 71 years, Ron, of Langdon; children: Ross (Barb) Olson of Fargo, ND, Lee (Nina) Olson of Anchorage, AK, Scott (Sherry) Olson of Hayden, ID and Ramona Olson of Pine Island, MN; grandchildren: Leif (Erin) Olson, Dustin (Kate) Olson, Haily Olson, Dakota Olson, Burt (Lisa) Merculief, Randall David, Becky (Josh) Watkins, Jennifer Olson, and Adam (Crystal) Olson; six great-grandchildren; and brother Robert (Myrtle) Jennings. She was preceded in death by her parents and one great-grandson.
A memorial service For Helen will be held Thursday, November 1, 2018, at 2:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Evangelical Church in Langdon. Visitation will be held for one hour before the time of the service at the church on Thursday.
So sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers during this difficult time.
Donna(Hell) Stubbe Nov 11 2018 12:00 AM
We enjoyed Helen and Ron during our years in the Gideon Ministry. We loved Helen and her kind personality. Our prayers go out to Ron and their family!
Dave & Pat Fix Nov 6 2018 12:00 AM
Sorry to your family Ramona on the loss of your mom.
Patty (Long) Gravelle Nov 4 2018 12:00 AM
To the Olson and Jennings families we send our love and sympathy. I have such fond memories of time spent with Helen at your farm in West Hope township. My mother and I were often over to visit Aunt Lilly and Helen. She would do sewing for us and was always so kind, caring and gentle. Her smile was ever present. We send our love to all as she now rests in peace.
Joann and John Oct 31 2018 12:00 AM
Aunt Helen was a sweet, kind, and inspiring woman. I fondly remember visiting her, Uncle Ronald, and the kids at their farm whenever I came to Langdon area with my dad (Marten Olson, Ronald's brother) and my mother Nevina. As a couple, Aunt Helen and Uncle Ronald reminded me so much of my parents--in looks, personalities, and their gentle, caring spirits. It was wonderful to get together and visit with Helen and Ronald when they came to stay with Ramona in Rochester, MN during the years I lived with my youngest daughter in Rochester. Aunt Helen was a great woman of God. I will miss her. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Uncle Ron, Ramona, Ross, Lee, Scott, spouses, and many grand and great-grandchildren. God bless you all!
Lois Kennis Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM
Great memories of one fine lady. Helen was such a gentle, loving and kind person. She was a wonderful teacher at our Harvey Center #3. I am thinking of you, Ron, and all your family members; you obviously have many great memories. They will help mend but the void will be deeply felt. Bless all of you and know that love and prayers are with you.
Sarita Welsh Behr Oct 30 2018 12:00 AM
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL, HELEN WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL CARING LADY, SHE WAS A SUB TEACHER AT HARVEY CENTER SCHOOL WHERE US WELSH KIDS WENT,DO NOT REMEMBER WHAT GRADE THAT WOULD BE BUT SHE WAS A WONDER FUL LADY.
NORMA WELSH MIKKELSEN Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM
Sympathy to the family
Sharyl and Gene Lill Oct 29 2018 12:00 AM