Marilyn Fay Olson

BRAINERD – Mass of Christian Burial for Marilyn Fay Olson, 82, of Brainerd, formerly of Fairmont, will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Brainerd with Father Tony Wroblewski, officiating. Burial with full military honors, will take place at a later date in Brookings, S.D.

Marilyn died peacefully on Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Elmwood Good Samaritan Village. Visitation will be noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Marilyn was born Feb. 25, 1931, in Wilmont, Minn., to Edward C. Olson and Lena (Pass) Olson. Marilyn attended Our Lady of Good Council grade school in Wilmont. The family moved to Fairmont, Minn., where she continued her education at Fairmont High School, graduating in 1949. She entered nursing training at St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Rochester, Minn., graduating in 1953.

Marilyn entered the U.S. Navy and spent 20 years in the service of her country. She retired as a lieutenant commander. She served in Navy hospitals in San Diego, Calif., and also in Washington, D.C., Warminster, Pa., Glenview, Ill., and she traveled to Japan to serve her country. Returning to Wilmont, her home town, and later moving to Brookings S.D., she became an active member in the local American Legion Post and was the first female commander. Marilyn was active in the Disabled American Veterans, Golden K and also St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church. Marilyn cared for her parents and her brother in her home in the later years of their lives. Marilyn moved to Brainerd in 2011, living at Excelsior Place and later at Elmwood, Good Samaritan Village – Woodland.

She is survived by her brother, Robert and Catherine (sister-in-law) (Style) Olson. Her nieces and nephews were very dear to her heart and number 15, with 26 great and seven great great nieces and nephews. She will be missed by many.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Rodney J. Olson of Edina and Father Donald J. Olson of the Lake Charles, La., diocese and the diocese of Winona, Minn.

The family is grateful for the loving care Marilyn received from Elmwood Good Samaritan Village – Woodland acres and Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated to Elmwood Good Samaritan.