Edna Eloise (Schefsky) Olson was born November 22, 1918 to Herman and Alma (Rink) Schefsky at Forestburg, SD. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith and was a member of First Lutheran Church in Artesian. She attended a rural school through the seventh grade and then eighth grade and high school at Forestburg, graduating from there in May of 1936. She graduated from the Sprague Hospital School of Nursing in Huron in August of 1939 with a Registered Nurses Degree. On April 19, 1940 she married Victor W. Olson at the Lutheran parsonage in Hartington, NE by Rev. Thorson. She lived in Nampa, ID and Vancouver, WA and for 68 years on the farm north of Artesian. She worked as a registered nurse in Chicago, Nampa and Vancouver and did private nursing after moving back to South Dakota. In August 2013 she moved to Countryside Living in Mitchell.
She is survived by her children; Gayle (Bill) Klein of Dell Rapids, Neal (Kathy) Olson of Artesian, Nancy (Robert) Arend of Sioux Falls; daughter-in-law, Shirley Olson of Artesian; 15 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Irene Eining and Lottie Olson and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years on July 12, 2005, her son Doyle on April 17, 2011; her parents; brother and spouse, Orville (Irene) Schefsky and brother Edward in infancy, seven sisters and spouses, Velma (Arden) Moore, Freida (Mark) Peterson, Amelia (Walter) Jensen, Elsie (James) Sneesby, Darlene (Al) Bauer, Pauline (Mac) Eining and sister Margaret in infancy, in-laws and spouses, Orlando (Doris) Olson, Ott (Edith) Olson, Lyle Olson, Carmen Eining, two sisters-in-law, Edna M. Olson, Alice Olson in infancy, niece, Norma Deckert and nephew, Harlan Olson.