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Vivian L. Olson - December 23, 2010


Vivian L. Olson, age 92, of Joplin, Mo., passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin. She was born Jan. 3, 1918 near Sutherland, Neb., the daughter of Henry E. and Anna Peterson Olson.
In 1928 they moved to Imperial, Neb. and made life-time friends. When she was eight years old, her mother lead her to accept Jesus as Savior. This experience directed the course of her life.
After graduation from high school, she taught rural schools for seven years, graduated from Moody Bible Institute and the University of Nebraska.
In 1947 she went to Sierra Leone, West Africa to serve as a missionary with the Evangelical United Brethren Church (which later merged to become United Methodist). In Africa, her ministry was in the mission business office, as teacher in the Bible Training Institute, and in ministry to village women. Her greatest joy was in the fellowship and ministry with African and missionary families.
Following her retirement in 1980, she lived in Boulder, Colo., and moved to Joplin in 1996 where she enjoyed new friends and volunteered in mission and community pro­jects. These included volunteering at the information desk with Freeman Hospital East, and NALA (literacy classes). She was a member of Christ’s Community United Methodist Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Mary Harbert, Grand Junction, Colo., Ann Steinmeyer (Richard,) Spearfish, S.D., and Pat Marlatt ( Bill), Loveland, Colo.; three sisters-in-law, Lorene Olson, Diamond, Mo., Lilah Olson, Nixa, Mo., and Arrie Anna Olson, Imperial, Neb.; nieces and nephews from the SW Missouri area, Phyllis Wimsett (Burl), Racine, Kenneth Olson (Linda), Table Rock Lake, Margaret Hartman, Carthage, Eunice LeRoy, Joplin, Rod Olson (Kathi), Neosho, Rhonda Olson, Joplin, Barb Adams (Dennis), Neosho, Beverly Moore (Gaylord), Nixa, Amanda Eggleston (Brandon), Joplin, and Steve Olson (Barb), Dennis Olson (Shellie), Don Olson, and Cynthia Martin (Kevin), all of Diamond; nieces and nephews from other areas, Julie Burch (Ron), Olathe, Kan., Jimmie McCutchen (Mark) Orlando, Fla., Donna Dement (James), Tulsa, Okla., The Harberts, Kent (Liz), Andrew (Marsha), and Gordon (Judy), all of Grand Junction, Colo., Judy Baker (Bruce) Englewood, Colo., Kathryn Mansfield (Don), Aukland, New Zealand, Bill Steinmeyer (Marilyn), Tuthill, S.D., James Steinmeyer (Chris), Vermillion, S.D., Susan Fox (Bill), Longmont, Colo., Stuart Marlatt (Betsy), Arvada, Colo., and Valerie Walchek (Kirk) Ocoee, Fla.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, Howard, Charles, John, and Emil Olson; two sisters-in-law, Madge and Peggy Olson; one brother-in-law, Ty Harbert; a niece, Sharon Lyons; nephews, Karon and Larry Olson, Doug Steinmeyer and Dennis LeRoy; and grand nephew, Pete LeRoy. She was proud of the many accomplishments of her nieces and nephews and their families and thankful for their walk with the Lord. To God be the glory for his leadership and grace over the years and for binding His children as one in Christ.
Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Christ’s Community United Metho­dist Church in Joplin with Rev. Chris Sloan and Rev. Bob Dart officiating.
Memorial contributions are requested to Christ’s Community United Methodist Church Missions Program in care of the Mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Mason-Woodard Mortuary of Joplin, Mo.