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Mollie Marie (Gams) Olson

Born: Fri., Dec. 30, 1938
Died: Sat., Feb. 15, 2020


9:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Tue., Feb. 25, 2020
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Feb. 25, 2020
Location: St. John's Lutheran Church

Interment following funeral service

Tue., Feb. 25, 2020
Location: Lovell Cemetery

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Mollie Marie Gams Olson died February 15th, 2020, at New Horizon Care Center in Lovell WY. Mollie died of a debilitating terminal brain disease called: Progressive Nonfluent Aphasia known as Frontotemperal Dementia (PNFA). This disease took Mollie, family and friends on a long frustrating journey.

Mollie was born in the old Lovell Hospital, on Montana Ave. in Lovell Wyoming (now the Cattlemen Motel), to Henry Gams Jr. and Frieda Schneider Gams. She was the oldest of two sisters. She was baptized and confirmed at St John’s Lutheran Church in Lovell, where she was a lifelong member, but she also attended St John’s Lutheran in Bullhead City, AZ when she would travel south for the winter.

She spent the first 18 years of her life living on a farm Northeast of Lovell under the Big Horn Mountains in an area called Iona but to her it was called Kane. She was known as a Kane Kid. She started school at the age of five in the old Kane School Building , which the following year consolidated with Lovell. Mollie continued her education in Lovell and graduated from Lovell High School graduating with the class of 1956. She spent many hours riding the Kane Bus to school, which in turn developed into friendships that have lasted a lifetime. 1957 she attended Billings Business College in Montana and graduated in business and accounting. Mollie worked for Bighorn County Welfare Office in Greybull, WY, United Airlines, Los Angeles, CA, Western National Bank, Lovell, WY, and for twenty years was the Business Manager for School Dist. #2 in Lovell, WY. Mollie loved business and accounting, and always said, “ My favorite thing to do is balancing my checkbook”.

Mollie met Charles “Swede” Olson when he was foreman for Great Western Sugar Company. He was in Lovell building the Great Western Sugar bins. Mollie and Swede were married in 1962 and from then on it was a constant building and remodeling project. Being of German background, Mollie took great pride in her pristine home and yard, which in turn resulted in several “Yard of the Week '' signs, and “ Best Christmas Display”.

Mollie and Swede became parents of two boys, James Charles,(Bullhead City, AZ), and John Henry (Phoenix, AZ). She deeply loved family and friends, and especially her two grandchildren Zachary Olson,(Tucson, AZ), and Taylor Olson,( Laramie, WY). She loved her sister's two son’s and families as her own: Chris (Anita) Lauren, Ryan and Mason Cornwall, and Carson (Tonya) and Megan Cornwall.

The past twenty years Mollie and Swede spent their winters in AZ. at Riverview Resort in Bullhead City, AZ. She loved it there spending time playing cards, swimming, golfing and going   to Happy Hour every Saturday Night to dine and dance. This past winter she was unable to travel to AZ because of her health.

Mollie is survived by her only sibling, sister and brother-in-law, Sharon Gams (Tom) Cornwall; her two sons; two grandchildren; two nephews and their families; and four sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law and their children.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Swede, Swede’s parents, Swede’s three brothers-in-law, a favorite Aunt, Mary Schneider Miller, and two favorite uncles, Reinhold Schneider and Charles Gams.

Mollie, “The Kane Kid”, can now smile and say hello! MOLLIE, “MEET YOU AT THE TREE!”

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Linda Eggeman
   Posted Tue February 18, 2020
My sympathy to the families of Molly Olson.

Agnes Zwiefelhofer & Alan Zwiefelhofer
   Posted Sun February 23, 2020
We would like to express our deepest sympathy to each of you. Mollie was such a wonderful lady. I will really miss her!

Carol Negro
   Posted Mon February 24, 2020
We want to express our sympathy to Sharon and Tom and to Mollie’s boys and their families. I always enjoyed visiting with Mollie when we came back to Lovell. She and my brother Sonny were in the same class and were good friends, so we had some shared memories,
Carol and Bob Negro

Chris Winterholler
   Posted Tue February 25, 2020
Mollie will be missed. My condolences to Jim, John, Sharron and Tom. I will miss her visits in Arizona

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