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Nora Olson

Nov. 19, 1939-Aug. 8, 2008

Former Gueydan, La., resident Nora L. Olson, 68, of Detroit Lakes, passed away at St. Mary's Innovis Hospital in Detroit Lakes on Friday, August 8, 2008.

Nora Lea Premeaux was born to Eddie and RosaBelle (LeMaire) Premeaux on Nov. 19, 1939 in Biloxi, Miss. She was raised in Gueydan, La., and also in Biloxi. Nora Lea married Norman E. Olson of Detroit Lakes on March 29, 1958 in Biloxi, where he was stationed at that time with the United States Air Force.

Shortly after their marriage they were stationed overseas in Taipei, Taiwan, where they spent two years. From Taiwan, they were then stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, then went back to the United States for a very short period of time before being stationed overseas again -- they lived and raised a family in Taipei and also in Karamusel, Turkey and Crete, Greece. While Norman spent his tour in Vietnam, Nora Lea lived in Detroit Lakes with her children.

Nora Lea was extremely active in military life while busy raising their family. Nora Lea even performed in NCO clubs as Phyllis Diller, raising money for various charities. She was very active in her children's lives as a Girl Scout leader, PTA leader and her involvement witih many other activities. Nora Lea was also an active member with the VFW Auxiliary and also as a domestic violence victim advocate. She was also a member of the Gueydan Garden Club, enjoyed bowling, swimming, camping and spending time with her family.

Nora Lea worked for a military newspaper in her young married life, prior to becoming the WSI (Water Safety Instructor) for the entire military base in Crete.

After Norman retired from the military, they settled in Detroit Lakes to finish raising their family. Nora Lea worked at the Swift Hatchery at that time. In March of 1979, Norman passed away. Shortly afterwards, Nora Lea decided to go back to college -- at the tender age of 42. She completed her degree from Moorhead State University, but not until she relocated to San Antonio, Texas. From Texas she moved to North Carolina for a few years, then resettled in Gueydan with her family. In 2005, her daughter Janet and son-in-law Rob moved Nora Lea back to Detroit Lakes to live out the rest of her life with her children and grand children.

Nora Lea is survived by her mother RosaBelle LeMaire of Gueydan, La.; sister, MaryAnn (L.C.) Smith, also of Gueydan; brother, Donald (Gayle) Premeaux of Paducah, Ky.; daughter, Alene Kenny (Kelly Anderson) of Pelican Rapids; son, Norman E. Olson, Jr. of Detroit Lakes; daughter, Janet (Robert) Kiihn of Detroit Lakes; seven grandchildren; as well as four great grandchildren.

Preceding Nora in death were her husband, Norman (Ole) Olson; father, Eddie Premeaux; and a grandson, Thomas (T.J.) Michael Kenny, III.

A wake will be held starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, with a VFW Service at 7 p.m., in the David-Donehower Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Jerry Rogers officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Detroit Lakes. Luncheon and fellowship following the interment will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 213 Roosevelt Ave., Detroit Lakes.

The David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is serving the family.