Grace Olson Obituary

Grace Marie Olson
Grace Olson
Grace Marie Olson

July 12, 1938 - September 7, 2021
Born in Aberdeen, South Dakota
Resided in Des Moines, Iowa
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Grace Marie Ackerman Olson, 83, died peacefully surrounded by her family on September 7, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. A private memorial service for the family will be held at a future date.

Grace was born on July 12, 1938, in Aberdeen, SD, to J.G. and Alta Ackerman. Following high school, she graduated with a teaching degree from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD and married Arvin Olson, her husband of 62 years.

Grace was a gifted educator and taught in Milbank, SD, LeMars, IA, and Sioux City, IA before she started her family. As a teacher and mother, she filled her surroundings with learning experiences and taught children important life skills with lots of arts and crafts along the way. In addition to being an accomplished seamstress, she made china dolls and became a talented rosemaling painter.

After Arvin retired from Midwest Gas, they traveled around the United States to collect and sell antiques. They also performed together as professional clowns in the Des Moines area. Grace was an active and beloved member of many community organizations, including the Des Moines Women’s Club, Hope MInistries Thrift Store, and her local churches.

Like her husband, Grace loved her family. She planned and ran an annual “Cousins Camp” at her home for many years, making her home into a lively camp experience for her grandchildren. Arvin and Grace also hosted annual family weekends filled with games, laughter, and earnest conversation. As parents and grandparents, they wanted their family to know they were loved, and they demonstrated this at every opportunity.

Grace is preceded in death by her husband, Arvin. She is survived by her four children and their spouses, Tammy (Jim), Kim (Dave), Kristi (Gary), and Tony (Karisma) and by her 15 grandchildren.




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6337 Hickman Road
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