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Gladys Olson, 86, of Perham, died on March 25 at Sanford Health in Fargo, N.D. Memorial services were held on March 30 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Perham with Pastor Carl Noble officiating. The hymns were sung by the congregation; accompanied by Dolly Sabbin. Special music was provided by Ann Dardis. Interment was in Gorman Township Cemetery, rural Perham.

Gladys Lorraine Parker was born on Sept. 12, 1927 in Cloquet, Minn. Her parents were the late Lee and Libby (Ervin) Parker. The Parker family moved to Henning when Gladys was an infant. She grew up on the family farm in rural Henning and graduated from the Henning High School with the class of 1944. Gladys attended one year of teacher training at Moorhead State. She taught for two years in Otter Tail County rural school, near Battle Lake.

On Nov. 11, 1948 Gladys was united in marriage with Lawler Harold Olson at the United Methodist Church in Henning. Together they made their home in Perham where Lawler worked with his father at Olson Electric. Gladys continued her education at Moorhead State and returned to teach in Gorman Township for years and Dent for one year and the third grade at Perham Public School for 31 years, retiring in 1987.

Gladys was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 4020. She enjoyed watching sports, especially the Minnesota Twins along with the Minnesota Timberwolves. She loved riding horse and taught all of her children to ride horse along with enjoying the country life, baseball, raising sheep and rabbits, bowling, roller-skating, cross-country skiing and sewing. To Gladys her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her number one and she enjoyed the many precious times they spent together.

Preceding Gladys in death were her parents; husband, Lawler Olson; and son, Larry Olson; sister, Fran Seiling; brother, Ervin "Shorty" Parker; and brother-in-law, Ervin Johnson

Gladys is survived by her daughter, Virgina (Kelly) Burns of Moorhead, Minn.; two sons, Terry (Connie) Olson of Perham and Michael (Jocelyn) Olson of Alexandria, Minn.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Carrie Johnson of Perham; many other relatives and a host of friends, including the staff and residents of Perham Living.

Arrangements were provided by the Karvonen Funeral Home of New York Mills. To leave a message of comfort and support, visit