In loving memory of

Myrna M. Olson
March 6, 1933 - November 16, 2018

Myrna M. Olson, 85, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Friday evening, November 16, 2018, at Unity Point Finley Hospital in Dubuque, Iowa.

A public graveside service and burial celebrating Myrna's life will be held at 2:30 P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at Mount Hope Cemetery in Maquoketa. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M., Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa.

Myrna M. Petersen was born on March 6, 1933 in Monmouth, Iowa, to Ray and Helen (Kreite) Petersen. She was a graduate of Monmouth High School and then received nurses training at St. Lukes Nursing School in Cedar Rapids. She married Buddy Allen Olson on November 2, 1957 in Maquoketa, Iowa. To this union two sons were born, David and Jay.

Upon graduating from nurses training, Myrna became a registered nurse first working in Independence, Iowa, then San Francisco, California, and after her marriage to Buddy, for many years at the Jackson County Public Hospital in Maquoketa. She had also co-owned and operated Olson Security, Inc. in Maquoketa for 25 years retiring in 2007.

Myrna was an active volunteer with many organizations and been involved with the Peace Pipe Players in Maquoketa participating in several plays. She also had been a member of First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa. She enjoyed reading, puzzles, visiting casinos, scratch off lottery tickets, and going for rides in the country.

Those left to honor Myrna's memory include her sons, David (Karla) Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Jay (and special friend Audrey Potter) Olson of Maquoketa, IA; 2 grandchildren, Jenna Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Jessica (William "Brady" Randall) Olson of Ann Arbor, MI; 1 step-grandchild, Kenny (Amanda) Schmidt of Preston, IA; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, James "Jim" and Bonnie Olson of GA, Shirley Olson of Maquoketa, IA, and Shirley Gartman of Maquoketa, IA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Buddy on November 27, 2012, and a sister Dee (Warren) Keenan.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a Myrna M. Olson memorial fund has been established.

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Angel (Potter) Schiffer, Wyatt and Kyle Schiffer wrote on Nov 22, 2018:

"Jay and David and Families, I just learned of Myrna's passing, . . .sending deepest sympathies, so sorry . . ."

Harry Shady &Audra Martin wrote on Nov 21, 2018:

"Families of Myrna- Our Sympathy &prayers Go To You's !! R.I.P.-Myrna "

Bob Eggers, Dale and Mary Eggers wrote on Nov 21, 2018:

"David & Jay family Our condolences to you for Myrna she was a very wonderful person and neighbor will be missed by all thoughts and prayers for you all"

Alvin &Shirley Barker wrote on Nov 21, 2018:

"So sorry to hear of Myrna's passing. We spent many good times with Myrna and Buddy while on the Police Dept., They both meant a lot to Shirley and I , and they will be missed greatly. May god be with the family during this time of sorrow. We are in Texas for the winter or would be there at this time Alvin & Shirley Barker"

Lynda Flagel Gustavus wrote on Nov 21, 2018:

"Thoughts and prayers to each of you. Rejoicing as another angel entered heaven gates and is in the presence of our Lord and Savior ?????? "

Doris Hazer wrote on Nov 20, 2018:

"So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Doris Hazer and Family."

Shirlene Davis wrote on Nov 20, 2018:

"So sorry to hear of Myrna's passing. We spent a lot of time working together in the Operating Room @ JCPH. She will be missed by many. Shirlene Davis"

Phillip Owen wrote on Nov 20, 2018:

"Phillip Owen MY Sympathy to Myrna's family. Buddy was a classmate, we were together during our time in Army Reserves in Fort Lenard Wood and Fort Bilss Texas. Meet Myrna after she and Buddy were married. We sweet and kind lady. Phil "

Chris & Ken Weuste wrote on Nov 20, 2018:

"Our prayers are with Myrna's family and friends. She was fun to be with, when we were in Peace Pipe Players! May you find comfort that she now at rest in the Lords arms. Chris "

Denise Miller wrote on Nov 19, 2018:

"So sorry for your loss. I will miss Myrna'S smile and laughter! Denise Miller"

Laurie Steines wrote on Nov 19, 2018:

"So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you all & keeping you close in prayer. ?"

Ron Evans Family wrote on Nov 19, 2018:

"David, Jay and family of Myrna. Doris and I are sorry to hear of Myrna's passing and send our condolences Prayers and thoughts.. So many memories with Buddy and Myrna going way back to our child-hood days when we lived in Sand Prairie on the watermelon farm. Later many years on the Police Dept. Wish I could be there for Myrna's Funeral Service but I don't get out much any more. Jesus said, I go to prepare a place for you. Where I am you will be also. I think they are again together. Ron and Doris Evans"

Sue Van Buer wrote on Nov 19, 2018:

"Our sympathy to all of you."

Curt Gruver wrote on Nov 19, 2018:

"Chy and I send our sympathy to you all we are sorry we will not be able to make the visitation we are in Oklahoma . we had lots of fun doing plays with peace pipe players with here over the years. Our prayers are with you. Curt and Chy Gruver"

Judy Dague wrote on Nov 19, 2018:

"My heartfelt sympathy to Jay ,And David and families, Myrna was a wonderful lady. God Bless."

Patsy Krantz wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"To Myrna's family My deepest sympathy to you all."

Dennis and Tammy DeVore wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"Sorry for your loss."

Marilyn Ruggeberg wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"Many fond memories of working with Myrna at Jackson County Hospital. She worked in the Operating Room and I worked on the Surgical floor. My deepest sympathies to her family. "

Jody Sutton wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"Dave and Jay and family- You have my deepest sympathy in Mryna's passing. What a wonderful lady."

Kelly w wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"Jay I am so sorry.... I hope u and ur family can find peace. "

Jody Johnson wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"Such fun working in OB with you in 1970-71. Great nurse and teacher."

Denny Burzlaff wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"My thoughts are with you all. What a great human being she was! Always a huge supporter of the arts. Glad i got to spend some time with her. Hugs to you all!"

Jill Wagener wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"Sweet Lady, glad she is with her husband and friends! Mike and Jill Wagener "

Brenda & Brit Montgomery wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"Myrna will always be in our hearts. I enjoyed always running into her in Walmart and Fareway. It just seemed whenever I was there she was. We often joked about that. Enjoyed celebrating the grandkids birthdays with her there. We will always remember her and will always speak highly of her with great respect to the grandkids. Thoughts and prayers to the ENTIRE family. "

Steve & Cindy Daniels wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"So very sorry to hear of Myrnas passing. What s fine lady, so loved visiting with her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."

Marie Hoffmann wrote on Nov 18, 2018:

"I worked with her in OB at the JCPH. Always enjoyed our times together,her family and our nursing friends. My sincere sympathy to all the family. Marie Hoffmann."

Barbi Notz wrote on Nov 17, 2018:

"This makes me so sad. She was my walking buddy during the Livestrong program at the Y. What a unique lady she was. I always enjoyed our visits! My sympathy to the family."

Cliff Shady (Dacenport,) wrote on Nov 17, 2018:

"So sorry for your loss. She was a special lady .thoughts and prayers to you all "

Elizabeth (Widel) Lind wrote on Nov 17, 2018:

"So sorry for your loss! Myrna was a sweet lady! Thoughts and prayers for family and friends!"