Beth M. Olson_________________________________
Beth M. Olson Long, age 93 of Midland, S.D., died Friday, September 13, 2013, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.
Beth M. Nelson was born on December 20, 1919, to Garrison and Myrtle Bratton. At the age of two, Beth was put up for adoption along with her sister, Artis, at the Owatonna State Orphanage. Walter and Mabel Nelson of Minneapolis adopted Beth in 1923.
She married her high school sweetheart, Art Brown. Three sons were born to this union, Tommie, Kenny and Jimmie. Beth enjoyed Kenny and his daughter, Jill’s visits to the ranch during the summers.
Beth was married to Clayton Olson in 1947. To this union two sons and one daughter were born, Larry, Barry and Sharri. Beth lived in Rapid City and worked at Coca Cola several years. Clayton and Beth retired to Lake Norden and they bought a hobby farm. After Clayton’s death, Beth later moved to Kadoka to be near her daughter, Sharri, granddaughter Jennifer, and great granddaughter, Augusta.
To be with her great-granddaughter more, Beth became a foster grandparent at Kadoka Elementary School in 2008 at the age of 88. She loved all of the children there, but had to quit due to her health.
She met her husband, Robert Long, at the Kadoka Gateway Apartments. They enjoyed playing cards, going out to eat and Sunday drives. They were married on September 4, 2011.
When Beth was 90, she discovered she had a very large family, which she never knew she had. She got to meet three nieces and a nephew who had been looking for her in 2010. Last summer, a family reunion was held to celebrate Beth and all of her family, where the Bratton and Olson families all met.
Some of her favorite times were fishing with her grandson,Shawn Stinson. Beth was known as an avid fisherwoman. Shawn lived with Beth and helped her out for many years.
She also enjoyed spending time in Vermont with her son, Barry Olson and grandchildren, Jeff, Josh, Jacob and Marci.
Beth loved gardening, cooking, crocheting, knitting, cards, drawing and fishing. Beth was a talented singer and pianist, too. One of her favorite pastimes was Grandma daycare. To know Beth, you were blessed. Beth had a heart of gold and kindness unmatched. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.
Survivors include her husband, Bob Long, of Midland; one daughter, Sharri Pettyjohn and her husband, Zane, of Kadoka; two sons, Barry Olson and his wife, Elaine, of Woodstock, Vt., and Tom Erickson and his wife, Karen, of Dawson, Minn.; one stepdaughter, Donna McCauley and her husband, Mike, of Rapid City; one stepson, Donald Long, of Rapid City; 12 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; three step-great- grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Beth was preceded in death by her second husband, Clayton Olson; two sons, Larry Olson and Kenny Erickson; and one grandson, Greg Erickson.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, September 20, at the Rush Funeral Chapel in Kadoka, and one hour preceding the services on Saturday.
The funeral will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 21, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Philip, with Pastor Ray Greenseth officiating.
Interment will be at a later date.
Arrangements are with the Rush Funeral Home of Philip.
Her online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com