Olive A. Richardson

Olive A. Richardson

SWEA CITY — Olive A. Richardson, 87, of Swea City, died Saturday, June 20, 2020. A memorial service will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church in Ledyard, Iowa, with inurnment following at Highland Home Cemetery, Ledyard.

Her family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Social distancing practices will be followed.

The service will be livestreamed on Oakcrest Funeral Services’ Facebook page.

Olive Ann Richardson was born April 30, 1933, at the family home in Waskish. Minn., daughter of Iver and Lavina (Frost) Nordrum. Her mother died when Olive was 6. After living with various families in the Waskish area, Olive came to live with the Wesley and Ruth Milbrandt family of Elmore, Minn. She graduated from Elmore High School in 1952, and married Vernon Richardson on Jan. 4, 1953, in Elmore.

Olive made her profession of faith in Christ as a 14-year-old and was baptized at the Baptist church in Waskish.

Olive helped her husband for 40 years on the farm in the Grant Township area until his death in 2002, and she worked seasonally at Green Giant in Blue Earth, Minn.

She enjoyed quilting, basket making, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She served as a 4-H volunteer when her children were younger.

She attended Bethany E&R Church in Ledyard for many years, where she also served as a youth group volunteer and Bible school teacher, and was active in the women’s groups.

She is survived by three children, Dale (Deborah) Richardson of Bricelyn, Minn., Dianne (Ron) Bonebrake of Kirtland, N.M., Dennis (Cindy) Richardson of Swea City; eight grandchildren, Jeremy Richardson, Cole (Lesley) Richardson, Chantel (Matt) Storby, Matt Christianson, David Christianson, Chris (Carrie) Stevens, Blake (fiancée Peyton Oleson) Stevens, and Taylor (Heath) Bernhard; 15 great-grandchildren with one on the way; sister, Mabel Sands of White Fish, Mont.; brothers-in-law, Lyle Erickson of Fargo, N.D., Richard Mansager of St. Paul, Minn.; and her Milbrandt family members, Doug Milbrandt, Ruth Ann (John) Stalder, Bruce (Pam) Milbrandt, Ross Milbrandt, and Rose (John) Berry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon on June 10, 2002; a daughter Debra in 1981; nine brothers and sisters, Robert (Theresa) Nordrum, Thora (Raleigh) Gordon, Howard (Jane) Nordrum, Leroy (Laverne) Nordrum, Irene (Raymond) Carlson, Carol (Charles) Olander, Juanita Erickson, Earl (Marlys) Hillman, Lila Mansager; and Milbrandt family members, Wesley (Ruth) Milbrandt, Irvin Milbrandt, and Dawn Milbrandt.

Oakcrest Funeral Services of Bancroft in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made to www.oakcrestfuneralservices.com