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Anita Olson

March 19, 1943-Aug. 20, 2010

Anita Joyce Olson, 67, of Detroit Lakes, died peacefully at home Friday, August 20, 2010, after a brief and gallant battle with pancreatic cancer. Surrounded by family, friends, and the loving care of Hospice, Anita was taken by her Savior to her "mansion over the hilltop."

Born to Agnes (Lofgren) and Myron Coalwell March 19, 1943, at home in Hawley, Anita grew up in Dilworth and resided most of her adult life in Detroit Lakes. Anita graduated as an LPN in 1980. In addition to her nursing career, she devoted much time caring for her late mother. She was active in Celebrate Recovery as a faithful and beloved participant and leader. She was an active member of the Vineyard Church.

Anita is survived by husband, Robert F. Olson; daughter-in-law, Sarita Olson of Fayetteville, N.C.; and brothers and sisters and their families, Marge (Larry) Morris of Moorhead, Janice (Larry) Oltman of Wadena, Jerry (Bea) Coalwell of Dilworth, Loren (Connie) Coalwell of Wahpeton, N.D., Lyle (Debbie) Coalwell of Villa Ricca, Ga., James (Lois) Coalwell of Oceano, Calif., Steven (Karn) Coalwell of Oxnard, Calif., Lauri (Jim) Dawson of Ventura, Calif., Sandy (Ron) Hendrickson of Moorhead and Della Coalwell of Northridge, Calif.; and longtime friend, JoAnn (Dick) Bueckers of Detroit Lakes.

Preceding Anita in death were her son, Robert J. Olson; granddaughter, Blair Lynn Olson; her parents, Agnes and Myron Coalwell; and a brother, Richard Coalwell.

Donations in memoriam may be designated for Hospice of the Red River Valley; Celebrate Recovery; or staff events at Sunnyside Care Center, Lake Park.

Anita's family wishes to thank the amazing local Hospice personnel and all the loving friends that surrounded Anita and made this difficult farewell an event filled with blessed peace and miracles. No wife was more loved nor memory more cherished. Goodnight, Sweet Earth Angel.

Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25, with a 7 p.m. prayer service, at Wright Funeral Home, Hawley.

Funeral services are set for 11 a.m. Thursday, August 26, at Lakes Area Vineyard Church, Detroit Lakes.

A video tribute and online guestbook are at