Harriet Dorothy Wilson, 93, of Menahga, died Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Green Pine Acres Nursing Home in Menahga.
She was born March 12, 1915 to Jacob and Julia (Phillops) Vangness in Story City, Iowa. Her family moved to West Concord, Minn. in 1924. At age 16 she went to work for different families.
She married Wilfred "Butch" Wilson in 1937. They lived in the West Concord area and then in California where she was a certified welder on ships during WWII. In 1949 they moved to Menahga where they bought a farm. They lived there for three years and sold the farm to Peterson Turkey Farms. They moved to Menahga and bought a home where she continued to live until a short time before her death.
She had a variety of jobs over the years including working for Munsingwear and being a cook for Menahga School for 20 years. She was a member of the Menahga United Methodist Church, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion.
She is survived by two sisters: Shirley Geisler, of West Concord, and Florence Wangen, of Spicer; two brothers: Harold (Alma) Vangness, of Kenyon, Kenneth (Jane) Vangness, of Kasson; a granddaughter; three great-grandchildren; three great-great-grand-children; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Lois Olmsted; a grandson, Kevin Olmsted; two sisters: Alice and Ruth; and four brothers: Obert, Jeff, Luther and Irving.
Honorary casket bearers: Jessie, Sheri and Aiden Olmsted, Clay Gallagher, Sandra Lund, Don Hendrickson, Nicole Olmsted Frokjer and Karson Frokjer.
Casket bearers: Chase Olmsted, Bill and Charlie Geisler, Joe Wangen, Mike Marjama and Basil Kumpala.
Funeral service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 at Menahga United Methodist Church with Pastor Loren Ferch officiating. Lonnie Schmidt will serve as organist. Congregational hymns will be "What a Friend We Have in Jesus," "How Great Thou Art," "Amazing Grace" and "Jesus Loves Me."
Visitation: 5-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 at Menahga United Methodist Church and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment: Menahga City Cemetery.