Beulah Olson passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 at the Rainy River Health Centre in Rainy River, Ont.
She was born on Dec. 15, 1923 in her grandmother's home in Spooner, Mn. to Alfred and Emma Sandmoen of McInnes Creek, Ont., where she spent her childhood.
She was predeceased by her sister, Myrtle; and brothers, Milton, Leo, Miles, Clifford, Harold, Richard, and Earl.
She is survived by her sister, Sandra Ross (St. Catharines, Ont.), whose visit last week was so special.
In 1942, Beulah married Roy Wood and moved to Rainy River, Ont. Beulah and Roy had five children, Denver (Beverly), Ronald (Ann), Rebecca, Barbara, and Ralph.
When the trains changed from steam engines to diesel, lack of work meant the family would move to Winnipeg, Man. For the first time, Beulah had running water to wash clothes and bathe her children.
In 1978, Roy passed away of heart failure and Beulah was left to raise the two youngest children alone.
Sixteen years later, she attended a reunion in Rainy River, where she became re-acquainted with Bill Olson. They were married the following spring in Kelowna, B.C., where they spent the first 10 years of marriage.
Then in 2006, they moved back to Rainy River, where they spent the next 10 years together in their home on First Street. They enjoyed being able to spend lots of time with old friends and family again, and the “parking lot” on First was rarely empty.
Bill's family added four stepchildren: Dale, Marvin, Cheryl (Bradley) Marusyk, and David (Barbara).
In 2015, Beulah suddenly became deaf and shortly after, Bill was diagnosed with kidney failure. They worked together and helped each other with their afflictions, Bill doing home dialysis four times a day and Beulah helping with record-keeping; Bill writing his messages to her and Beulah cooking and keeping house as she always had.
Bill passed away in March, 2016. Beulah missed him dearly but never one to give up, she insisted on staying in the home she loved and faced each day with an optimism that never wavered.
At the end of July, Beulah realized her health would not allow her to stay at home. She entered long-term care with that same sweet smile for all she met. Her love for others was reflected back to her by the residents and caring staff of health workers in what her family believes is the best place ever!
She will be missed by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even four great-greats; as well as many nieces and nephews, all of whom were so loved.
A service of celebration and remembrance was held Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Rainy River, with Rev. Frances Flook officiating.
Interment followed in McInnes Creek Cemetery.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the McInnes Creek Chapel or the Rainy River Hospital Auxiliary c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89, Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered www.northridgefuneralhome.com