January 25, 1933 ~ November 30, 2017
Late on a sunny Thursday morning, Nov. 30, Mom quietly left us for a joyful reunion with Dad and other cherished family members. The past few months of illness were hard on her, so she was ready to rest in their arms.
Arla was born Jan. 25, 1933, in Hitterdahl, Minn., to Gust A. and Martha Swenson. She attended business college, where she met her future husband, Rodney Olsen, and they married on Oct. 10, 1952. She was a loving, devoted mother to seven children. Arla sang in church choirs and belonged to ladies’ parish organizations. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards, and painting ceramic art pieces now treasured by family members.
She is survived by her children: Cindy, Kathy, Jenny (George), Edie, Vince (Heather), Ruth (Jay); grand-children Juliet (Mark), Justin (Rachel), Jasmine, Trent, Chandler, Ezri; great-grandchildren Stefano and Sabrina; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by husband Rodney, son Richard, parents, brothers and sisters.
The family would like to thank the staff at Highland Care Center and the members of the Valeo Hospice team who lovingly cared for Mom in her final days with us. We would also like to thank the staff at Aspen Ridge West Rehab who worked so hard with Mom during her stay there.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated Dec. 9 in the Starks chapel.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Utah Food Bank or Valeo Hospice.