Virginia Ione Olson, 95, a longtime Salina resident, passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, in Dallas. She was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 16, 1923, the younger of two daughters of Ernest and Ione Collings. During childhood years she lived in Holliday, Kan., where her family lived on the second floor over her father’s grocery store. As a teenager she lived in Raytown, Mo., where she was a member of the state high school championship girls basketball team.
After graduating from Raytown High School, Virginia attended Kansas State University where she met her husband to be, Norris Olson. She received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics at K-State, and her registered nursing degree from the University of Kansas in 1946. Her career in nursing included hospitals in Gardener, Kan., and Lawrence, Kan., teaching at the University of Missouri and Asbury School of Nursing in Salina, and as a school nurse in Salina. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Salina. She enjoyed family trips, all Kansas state sports, and an occasional fishing outing with her husband.
Virginia was preceded in death by her parents and her husband of 64 years, Norris Olson.
She is survived by her sons, Randy (Jo Anne), of Salina, and John, of Dallas; grandchildren, Brenna Olson, of Kerrville, Texas, and David Olson, of Seattle; one great-granddaughter; sister, Margaret Ann Jones, of Tempe, Ariz.; six nephews; and five nieces.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at Ryan Mortuary, Salina. Graveside service will be private.
Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Salina.
Memorials may be designated for Immanuel Lutheran Foundation, 225 S. Seventh St., Salina, KS 67401.