Viola Olson Cash

Viola Olson Cash Viola Olson Cash, 99, of Peoria, AZ died Saturday, January 17, 2009 just two weeks before her 100 birthday. Mrs. Cash was born on Feb. 1, 1909 in Fairfield, IA, the daughter of Fred L. and Maude (Duke) Yanaway. She graduated from Fairfield High School and Parsons College. She married Harry E. Olson in Fairfield on July 24, 1932. They lived their entire married life in Vermillion where Harry taught at the university. He died May 18, 1977. On Aug. 12, 1982, Viola married Ray Cash. They lived in Vermillion and Sun City, AZ. He died Nov. 9, 1996. Viola was active in many organizations. She was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational in Vermillion and an associate member of the Church of the Palms in Sun City. She was a member of Mothers Club, Wasesa, Tri Delta Social Sorority, Faculty Woman's Club and Emeritus Club. She was a life member of the Clay County Historical Society, Friends of the Library, Shrine to Music, South Dakota Retired Teachers, USD Alumni Association and Senior Citizens. She was preceded in death by her parents; and one brother, Irl D. Yanaway. Survivors include three children, Charlotte (James) Kirby of DeKalb, IL, and Tucson, AZ, Mary (Dale) Root of Litchfield, MN, and Thomas (Michele) Olson of Beaverton, OR; one step-daughter, Marian (Morris) Rasmussen of Sioux City, IA; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and six step great-grandchildren. A service to celebrate the life of Viola Olson Cash will be held at 11a.m., Saturday, June 20, at the United Church of Christ Congregational, Vermillion. Local arrangements are handled by Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home. Memorials may be directed to the United Church of Christ Congregational, The Harry E. Olson Memorial Scholarship Fund at the University of South Dakota, or the National Music Museum, Vermillion. Condolences may be sent online to

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