Burdene Orel Olson

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Burdene Olson passed away on April 19th at the age of 97 at home. She was born in Lushton, Nebraska to Knowles and Nellie Anderson. When she was a young girl, the family moved to Haxtun, Colorado where she graduated from Haxtun High School. On April 21, 1935, she married William (Bill) H. Olson in Julesberg, Colorado. After Bill served in WWII, the couple relocated to Colorado Springs in 1945.

Burdene had many interests. In particular she loved reading books and learning new things. Her library included thousands of books. Of special interest to her were books on Colorado history and Native Americans. She imparted her love of learning to her children, Bill Olson Jr., Beryl Peterson, Byron Olson, Bonnie Olson, and to her 7 grandchildren. Education was a top priority.

After raising her four children, she volunteered at the Broadmoor Skating Club serving on the board and helping with makeup for shows. In addition, she volunteered at the MS Society and was a docent at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. She also had lots of fun with her husband, square dancing, waltzing at the Broadmoor, attending functions at the American Legion Post 5 and the Al Kaly Shrine, and meeting with her Beta Sigma Phi Grace Sorority sisters. Sports were also of interest to her, especially Bronco games.

Survivors include her sister, Donna Wilcox; her daughter, Bonnie Olson; and 7 grandchildren. She also leaves behind many loving care givers and friends, including Ron Peterson who helped her throughout the years.

A Memorial Service is scheduled at 9:00 AM, on Thursday, April 24th in the Lehmberg Chapel at the First United Methodist Church in Colorado Spring. A reception will follow. Burial will be the same day in Haxtun, Colorado at 2:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum or to the Women's Bean Project.

Published in The Gazette on Apr. 23, 2014
Burdene O. Olson
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