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Emma E. Olson 1922 - 2016
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Emma E. Olson 1922 - 2016

GARFIELD — Emma E. Olson, 93, passed away Jan. 12, 2016, at her home in Garfield. Emma Emelia was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Garfield, the daughter of Albert and Esther Peterson Mostrom. A lifetime Garfield resident she worked for the United States Post Office as part time clerk in Garfield and Lewis for 15 years. She also worked for Unified School District 495 as secretary of the Garfield School for 17 years. After receiving a three year teaching certificate from Fort Hays State College she taught at a country school in Rush County for one year. During World War II, she and her sister moved to Wichita to work at the Boeing Aircraft Factory producing the B-29 bomber. She remembered seeing the first experimental B-29 fly into Wichita from Seattle, Wash. On Feb. 11, 1945, she married Albert James Dallas of Denver, Colo. at the home of her parents in Garfield. He died on June 24, 1945. His entire flight crew was killed when their B-25 crashed upon take off from Lowry Field in Denver, Colo. On June 20, 1948, she married a former classmate, John M. (Johnny) Olson in Garfield at the Swedish Lutheran Church. He passed away on April 25, 2014. They were married for 65 years.
Emma attended the Congregational Church and later joined the Swedish Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Lutheran Church Women, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Sewing and Book Clubs, all of Garfield.
Survivors include, three daughters, Janet Olson of Garfield, Dr. Norma Olson and husband Dr. Paul Kelly, of Underwood, Minn., and Ruth Peters and husband Reed, of Larned; one son, Eric Olson and wife Lisa, of Collierville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Molly Olson-Kelly, Elizabeth Lake Olson, Anna Marie Olson, John William Olson; one great-granddaughter, Sophia Grace Olson-Kelly Ramirez; and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by, a brother, Albert Mostrom; and two sisters, Elvira Jellison and Mae Heyen.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Lutheran Church in Garfield with Rita Gagleman, Parish Ministry Associate, presiding. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Thursday and Friday at Beckwith Mortuary in Larned. Burial will be in the Garfield Cemetery following the service. Memorials may be given to the Garfield Lutheran Church in care of the funeral home. Personal condolences may be left at

Funeral arrangements provided by
Beckwith Mortuary**
P.O. Box 477
Larned, KS. 67550
Gret Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Jan. 14, 2016