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Obituary: Edith M. Olson

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Edith M. Olson, age 94, died August 4, 2000, at home in Bellevue, Washington.

Born December 13, 1905 in Vernon, Tex-as, to the Reverend Milton L. Moody and Sally Fowler Moody.

Graduated Sweetwa-ter High School and El Paso Junior College, where she earned a letter in basketball.

She married Louis V. Olson, of Salt Lake City, in 1931 in Los Cruses, New Mexico.

Her primary inter-ests were her family, she was a devoted and loving wife and mother, her music and church. She was an active member of church organizations and of PEO for over 50 years.

Her early interest and talent in music lead to a life long association with a variety of musical endeavors. At 15, she was playing mood music for silent movies and working in a music store, demonstrating and selling sheet music. She was also playing in her father's church. Later, she entertained the troops after World War I and played for the USO during World War II. She played piano in a number of dance bands and pioneered by organizing her own all girls orchestra. In later years, she played forvarious dance studios, including Virginia Tanner's. Also, after moving to Salt Lake City in 1952, she was an early pianist for Christ Methodist Church and became their first organist.

Survived by two sons, Elias William V. Olson, Mill Valley, California, and Richard L. Olson, Bellevue, Wasington; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her husband, L.V. Olson; two sisters and one brother.

Funeral services will be Monday, August 14, 2000, 12 noon, at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 So., where friends may call one hour prior to the service.

Interment, Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery.