Marilyn Olson
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Marilyn Olson

AUBURN, Ala. -- Marilyn Olson, 87, of Auburn passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, surrounded by her family. She was born in her parent's home in La Crosse, the daughter of Clarence and Mabel Amanda Ford.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Sigurd Lawrence Olson; her children, Susan Olson (Fritz Kunitz), Michael Olson (Gaye), Terry Olson (Jorine), Patricia Jarrett (Rob), and Dianne Harris (Kenny); her grandchildren, Ryan Ellis, Amanda Saliba, Camryn Olson, Michael Olson, Kevin Olson, William Olson, Benjamin Olson, Cody Jarrett, Zachary Jarrett, Matthew Harris, Anna Marie Schroller, Kathryn Barnes and Patrick Harris; her great-grandchildren, Oliver Harmon, Thomas Saliba, Liam Olson, Finn Olson, Cade Olson, Marley Olson, Bronson Olson, Liesel Jarrett, Jane Jarrett, Sally Kate Schroller and Louisa Schroller; and many, many very special friends, (you know who you are!). She was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Mabel Ford; her brother, Richard Ford; and her sisters, Patricia Holter and Barbara Chrisan.

As a young girl, Marilyn gave her life to Jesus, while sitting at church singing, "Jesus Loves Me," as she felt him move in her heart. Marilyn graduated from Onalaska High School and received an associates in bookkeeping, from John Patterson Technical School, Montgomery, Ala. Marilyn met her husband, Sig, at her high school graduation. Romance bloomed and they married Feb. 7, 1953, at First Lutheran Church in Onalaska. Over the years she had a variety of paying jobs, but the most important jobs in her life were being a wife, as well as a mother to her five children, plus 13 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous foster children, and anyone who came in contact with her through all the years of her life.

he loved unconditionally. Her life verse was Joshua 24:15b, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." That verse was prominently displayed at the entrance to the Olson home and was found throughout the home in plaques, as an ever-present reminder of her faith, love and service for the Lord. Besides keeping up with her household, Marilyn loved sewing, baking, reading, genealogy, quilting, making her house a home to many, loving life and loving the Lord. She was involved in all the sports and activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - she was their biggest cheerleader. Later in life, she was a member of the AU Director's Club, member of the Trinity Lutheran Church Quilting Guild, making baby quilts for Women's Hope Medical Clinic, Auburn, Ala., and served at the Auburn United Methodist Church food pantry. She felt that her purpose in life was to love the unlovable. She had a sense of humor that was second to none - her beautiful, great, big smile and sense of humor was ever-present and infectious. Anyone who met her, loved her and knew they were loved back.

Visitation will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at Auburn United Methodist Church, with a celebration of life immediately following at 12 p.m. noon, in the Main sanctuary with spaced seating. Please protect yourself and others by following CDC guidelines for safe gatherings - face masks are required to be worn during the service and/or visitation and safe distances should be maintained - out of respect and love for Marilyn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent in her honor to Auburn UMC Food Pantry, P.O. Box 3135, Auburn, Ala., 36831, or Sugar Creek Bible Camp, 13141 Sugar Creek Bible Camp Road, Ferryville, Wis., 54628.

Published by La Crosse Tribune on Dec. 2, 2020.
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Melinda ONeill
December 11, 2020
You were a mom and friend to all I can´t think how I will miss you sweet friend! Love Donna
Donna hamilton
December 7, 2020
It has been such a joy to be her friend and to get to know and love the Olson family I wish we could be with you at this time but I hope you understand. Our love and prayers are ever with you.
Edna and Emmett Kirkland
December 6, 2020
I will always remember Marilyn as a beautiful, warm, and loving woman with a breathtaking smile. She loved her family completely. Marilyn made you feel that you were special to her.
Marge Stephens
December 5, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with Sig and the Family. She was a good friend and will be missed by the community.
Glenn & Dougie Pokrandt
December 4, 2020
I thank the family allowed me to get to know her. I will be missing her smile, and her sense of humor most of all talk about her love for her family.she will be missed.
Wesen Hagos,LPN
December 4, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you
Gloristeen Barnes
December 4, 2020
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of our dear friend, Marilyn. The Olsons welcomed us to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church when we first arrived in Montgomery in 1975. They included us in the Norwegian Heritage group, where we all enjoyed providing to those of similar heritage, a Norwegian (and later, Scandinavian) Christmas season feast. Under their leadership we had over a 10-year run celebrating our Scandinavian roots. The Olsons were, and are, such a fine Christian family.

Sig, may the Lord watch over and comfort you and your family during this time of sorrow. With our deepest sympathy, Norma & Jerry Tonnell

Jerry and Norma Tonnell
December 3, 2020
My deepest sympathy for the loss of this precious soul ! God be with the family and give them peace.
Pansy Bennett
December 3, 2020
So sorry to hear of your mom´s passing. Our prayers are with you.
Harry and Vivian Poovey
December 2, 2020
Marilyn was always such a lovely lady! I know she is enjoying heaven. I am praying for you and your family Sig. Marilyn will be greatly missed. I will always remember her sweet smile and love for everyone.
Barbara Christopher
December 2, 2020
Mike and Gaye ,Thinking of you and your family during this time of loss.
Malinda Ruff
December 2, 2020
Marilyn is the perfect example of a Christ- follower. Her whole life was dedicated to serving God, her family and everyone she met. She had the brightest smile, biggest heart and loved others without fail. Her impact on the world will never be forgotten.
Lisa and Andy Shirley
December 2, 2020
Marilyn was such a kind lady. Always a smile on her face. She will be missed by all.
Everett & Rosalie Anderson
December 2, 2020
Marilyn was certainly a bright spot at AUMC and she will be greatly missed. Hugs to Sid, Susan and Dianne and the entire family.
Bill and Carol Ham
December 2, 2020
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