Doris Olson
December 28, 1930 - August 8, 2018

Doris Olson

Doris Olson
Dec 28, 1930 - Aug 8, 2018

Doris Olson
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Carolyn "Doris" Olson age 87, of Ames, Iowa, died August 8, 2018, at Israel Family Hospice House in Ames. A gathering of friends and family will be 2:00 -- 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 12, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, with a Celebration of Doris's life at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, August 13, at Westside Church of Christ, 107 Abraham Drive, Ames, Iowa.

Doris was born December 28, 1930, in Humeston, Iowa, the daughter of Leo and Carrie Moser. The family moved to Story County where they farmed. Doris graduated from Fernald High School. She married Ronald Dean Olson on June 6, 1953, in Ames. Dean and Doris lived on the Iowa State University Curtis Farm for 34 years. She was a member of Westside Church of Christ, she was a board member of the Ames Town and Country Saddle Club, 4H Club leader of Washington Happenings and the County Horse Project, leader and assister at Iowa State Fair, she was inducted into the 4 H Foundation Hall of Fame in 2014. She led bible studies at care facilities in Story County. Doris had a love of horses and dogs. She was someone who never stopped looking for simple ways to bless people, and those simple things had a huge life effect... a life well lived and an example for all.

Doris is survived by two daughters and sons in-law, Mary and Mike Boswell of Canyon, Texas, Jane and Jerry Spurlin of Fort Dodge. Three grandchildren, Clint (Delisa) Boswell Sunray, Texas, Jesseca (John) Jackson Bushland, Texas, Matthew Spurlin of Ames: five great grandchildren Jaret Campbell, Bray Boswell, Brylee Boswell, Jett Jackson and Case Jackson.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dean Olson, in 2009, a brother and sisters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Israel Family Hospice House.

Online condolences may be directed to

Jurine Borton Moore on Aug 15, 2018

CandleTo Mary, Jane, family and friends of Doris Moser Olson,
My deepest heartfelt condolences to each of you as we celebrate the outstanding life of Doris. She was indeed the symbol of the life of a Story County 4-H'er. Doris was one of the first 4-H'ers I met when I joined in 1948. And when my daughter, Mashall in Linn Co, was interested in the horse project we contacted her. She will always be respected and well remembered by those of us who knew her. May she rest in peace.
We in Milford Twp were also proud to claimed Doris, as a good student, basketball player and regular attendee at our Milford Twp reunions. When she left Milford to graduate at Fernald with the Class of 49, it left us with our smallest class ever, only 4 boys.
May a candle always remind us of our fond memories and the special blessings she provided!
May God's Peace and Love provide comfort at this difficult time of closure and forever.
4 4-H 4EVER, Jurine Borton Moore

Julie Christy Bisher on Aug 15, 2018

Mary and Jane, On behalf of the family of Jim Christy, Nevada, I want to express my deepest sympathy to you and your families. Doris was symbolic of 4-H through and through. She was an excellent role model and was highly respected by my family and the 4-H community. I will never forget her presence at the Story County Fairs and time she gave to her club members, the horses and dogs. May she rest in peace, forever remembered. Sincerely, Julie Christy Bisher, Tama

Nanc Sprowell Geise on Aug 14, 2018

I am so very sorry to hear this news. Doris was truly one of a kind! She touched so many lives...both those with two legs...and four! She was my 4-H leader for many, many years. No group could have had a leader more caring, knowledgable or committed. I will cherish my memories of her and all the fun times at the 4-H county fair, especially. Peace and blessings to all of her family and friends. (I like to think she's saying a warm hello this day in Heaven to my beloved horses from my childhood, Dusty and Cy.)

Barb Fleig on Aug 13, 2018

Knowing Doris since I was a little girl, it’s hard to find the words to describe what a wonderful human being she was. She was a great neighbor and friend to my family as well as my 4H leader. She was so generous with her time and knowledge, hauling our horses and many dogs to Nevada for the county fair. She was an absolute saint. An amazing role model, she touched so many lives and will be greatly missed. Mary and Jane: my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families

Alison Geise Brown on Aug 12, 2018

So sorry for your loss...Doris was one of a kind..she fueled my love for horses through hers and am so grateful she was my 4-h leader and friend! She took so much of her own time helping me with my horses...making sure I got to the county fair, letting us ride at her house...there’s just not enough words, to describe ALL she did for me/us....she may be gone but she will never be forgotten. She was one amazing in peace Doris, you’ll be dearly missed....
Alison Geise Brown

Daphne Anderson on Aug 12, 2018

I met Doris and Dean many years ago at a family reunion in Eagle Grove, Iowa and also Dean's sister Helen. They attended several times. My sympathy to Doris' family.

Michele Coimbra - Brazil on Aug 10, 2018

Doris was a great woman. He received our sister and all of us with much love and attention.
We, here in Brazil, will always remember with affection your kindness and affection.
God comfort the family!

A Doris foi uma grande mulher. Recebeu nossa irmã e a todos nós com muito amor e atenção.
Nós, aqui no Brasil, sempre lembraremos com carinho de sua bondade e carinho.
Deus conforte a família!

Michele Coimbra - Brazil

Graciele on Aug 10, 2018

We are sorry for your loss. Doris, was such a great person, she will live on in our memories forever.
Graciele Coimbra

KC Collins Hummel on Aug 9, 2018

Remembering the fun times with 4-H kids. Thanks for your dedication over the years. May God shed his love and comfort on your family and friends. Hope there are good horses and stirrup high grass in Heaven.

KC Collins Hummel



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