Nancy B. Olson, 82

Published 8:37 am Thursday, December 27, 2018

Nancy B. Olson, 82

Nancy B. Olson, 82, of Lake Crystal, Minnesota, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, in Austin, Minnesota.

Nancy Grace Butterfield Olson was born April 10, 1936, in Estherville, Iowa, to Stuart and Vivian (Kelly) Butterfield. Nancy married Jean Engebrit Olson in 1956 and they had four children together. Nancy loved her garden, dogs, collecting antiques and refinishing furniture, sewing, quilting, crewel embroidery and gathering an extensive family history.

Nancy is survived by her children, Tim (Cindy) Olson of Belle Plaine, Minnesota, Andy (Robin Messer-Olson) Olson of Fergus Falls, Minnesota, Steve Olson of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Susan Olson of Austin; sister, Jean Mertz, of Eagle, Idaho; daughter-in-law, Sharon Starla Lee of Austin; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and nephews, cousins, friends and co-workers all over the world.

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A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, at Lake Crystal Cemetery. Lake Crystal Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials can be made to a scholarship fund for student workers at the MSUM library by going to and selecting “Library Services” under Designation. Alternatively, checks can be mailed to Minnesota State University, Mankato Foundation, 126 Alumni Foundation Center, Mankato, MN 56001 designating the funds for Library Services.