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Dorothy J. "Dottie" Olson

Dorothy J. "Dottie" Olson, age 78, of Kadoka, died Sunday, June 19, 2005, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip, after a 14-year heroic battle with cancer. Her beloved husband of 55 years, three daughters, and their families were at her bedside.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22, with a prayer service at 7:00 p.m., all at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka.

Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, at the church, with Father Ron Garry as celebrant.

Music will be provided by JoAnne Stilwell, pianist, Tom and Lana Jones, vocalists, and Vince Koenig, bagpipes. Gift bearers are Fallon Riggins and Amanda Enders. Ushers are Terry and Greg Olson. Pallbearers are Mitch, Chase, Duane and Kevin Olney, Scott Huber, Chuck, Wyatt and Dustin Enders. Special reading was given by Rebecca Olney.

Interment will be in the Kadoka Cemetery.

Dorothy J. Silva, better known as "Dottie" to all, "Grandma Dot" to some, was born December 5, 1926, the daughter of Celestino and Mary (Cabral) Silva in East Cambridge, MA. She grew up and received all her schooling in Massachusetts.

During World War II, she met Duane Olson, who was stationed at Paddocks Island, off Boston Harbor in Massachusetts. They were united in marriage on November 6, 1949, in Cambridge, MA. They moved to Chamberlain, where they lived for one year, before moving to Midland, where they ranched on the Bad River until 1987. They then purchased the George Olson ranch south of Kadoka and lived in Kadoka until the present time.

Dottie was a member of St. William Catholic Church in Midland, and Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in Kadoka. She was also a member of the Bad River Dance Club. She worked hard at home, being the best wife and mother anyone could ever have.

Dottie's hobbies were collecting elephants and light houses. She enjoyed sewing for her girls when they were young.

Grateful for having shared her life include her husband, Duane Olson, of Kadoka; three daughters, Deborah Joan Olney and her husband, Mitch, and their children, Chase and Kevin, of Kadoka, Duane of Miami, OK, and Rebecca of Rapid City; Diane Marie Huber and her husband, Scott, and their daughter, Fallon, of Kadoka; and Donna Lee Enders and her husband, Chuck, and their children, Amanda, Wyatt, and Dustin, all of Kadoka; a sister, Olivia Hayes and her husband, Ray, of Lady Lake, FL, and their two daughters, Charlene and Paula of Manchester, NM; and a host of dear friends.

Dottie was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents, and two nephews, Milo Robert Olson and Raymond Hayes.

A memorial is established for breast cancer patient care in the local area.

Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www.rushfuneralhome.com