Clara Olson Clara Olson was born Oct. 21, 1907 in Clay County, to John and Christine (Hansen) Olson. She was baptized and confirmed in St. Peter Lutheran Church. Clara attended Prairie Center rural school and graduated from Vermillion High School in 1925. She then attended Augustana Academy in Canton, for one year, after which she taught in rural schools for several years. She then spent several years helping her parents in their farm home. She took a business course at The University of South Dakota after she worked as a secretary for the Clay County Department of Public Welfare where she continued for 18 years until she retired in 1972. She was active in St. Peter Lutheran Church in various organizations. She moved to Vermillion in 1990. In 1989 St. Peter Church closed and she joined Trinity Lutheran Church in Vermillion. Clara was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters (Mabel Olson, Hilda Ellison and Cora Bankson) and two brothers Reuben Olson and Millard Olson). She is survived by four nieces, two nephews and a number of other great and great great nieces and nephews. An avid reader and a devoted Christian, Clara was a life long learner and servant to others. Her life was characterized by faithfulness, steadfastness, wisdom and gentleness. These attributes were a gift to all who knew her. Claraâ�?�?s life and heart was intent in its devotion to God and family. A little over a century after her arrival into this life, Clara leaves us with a unique and lasting legacy of a woman in whose presence we knew nurturing, friendship, counsel, encouragement, mystery and the assurance of a life lived completely and righteously.
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