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Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Olsen

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LINCOLN — Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Olsen, 94, Lincoln, formerly of Laurel, died May 23, 2022.

A Mass of the Christian burial at St. Mary’s Church, Laurel, will be held Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. There will be a private family burial.

Betty was born March 1, 1928 to Philamen (Vogel) and John Parr in Dodge, the fourth youngest of 14 siblings. She married Melvin Olsen in 1948, and they had five children. In their early years of marriage, they lived in West Point, Bloomfield, and then Laurel. When they bought the Laurel Lockers, Betty worked with Mel, wrapping meat, selling meat, and even became the “Milk Lady,” delivering daily milk to homes.

Betty’s faith was important to her. She was active in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Laurel, and was instrumental in getting a priest to say Mass at Yankee Hill Village. After Mel passed away in 2002, Betty continued to live in Laurel until 2021, when Betty moved to Yankee Hill Village, Lincoln, to be closer to her family. She made many new friends, as she was an outgoing person. Betty lived life to the fullest. A month before she passed, she would spend many days walking a mile, working out, reading, playing bridge, and spending time with her friends.

Betty’s favorite occupation was being a loving, dedicated mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She enjoyed her children; Nancy (Glen Moss), Mike (Judy), Keith (Theresa), Barb (Steve Allen), Joe (Nancy), and Gisele (Eric Dortet). She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kristopher and Jennifer Sutton (Charlie), Nate (Kristin) and Alyssa (David) Olsen, Matt (Amber) and Hans (Whitney) Olsen, Abbey (Chris) Weber, Anne Kleinschmit (Brandon Strahm), Bethany Arnold (Brendan), Samantha and Sydnei Olsen, Eric Hager (Sarah), Laura Wheelock (Cody); great-grandchildren, Ethan and Kaylee Olsen, Kate and Dawson Arnold, Reo Strahm, Weston Olsen, Addy, Ellie and Izzy Hager, and Alana and Asher Wheelock. She is also survived by her sister, Cil Riemers; brother-in-law, Don Olsen; many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials may be directed to the Laurel Senior Center, where Betty spent a lot of her time.