Gloria Olson

Gloria Vivian Presler Olson, 89, of Dilworth, passed away April 28, 2016 at home under Hospice care of Red River Valley.

A memorial service was held May 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Fargo. 

Burial was at the Motley Public Cemetery. 

Arrangements were with the Korsmo Funeral Chapel, Moorhead.

Gloria was born on June 27, 1926 in Fort Worth, TX to Charles Byron and Minnie Lee (Alford) Presler. The family moved to Branson, MO, and later moved to a farm in Big Lake. 

During World War II, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter”, assembling  balancing weights for B52 Bombers.

Gloria married Alvin “Maynard” Olson on August 16, 1947 in Staples.

The couple made their home in Cambridge where she worked in a photography shop. They later moved to Dilworth. She graduated from Northwest Technical College, at the age of 65, with an accounting degree. She worked as a bookkeeper at American Welding in West Fargo, ND. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Fargo and active in the Ladies Circle.

Gloria is survived by one son, Glen Olson of Fargo; two daughters, Tammy Olson of Dilworth, Illona Hall of Big Lake; 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; infant son, Gary; one sister, Margaret.

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