Virginia Olson one of five Montana centenarians honored at Governor's Aging Conference


October 11, 2023

Ginger Hansen, Chinook Senior Center

Virginia Olson, seated in photo, is flanked by her son, Merle Oson, and daughter Mary Lou Butcher. Virginia and her two children, plus other family members, were in Helena where Virginia was one of five Montana centenarians honored at a luncheon during the recent Governor's Conference on Aging. Virginia Olson will be 102 on October 10. She was born in Wales, North Dakota in 1921. She and her husband, Walter, farmed in the Warrick area in the Bear Paws, south of Havre.

Virginia Olson was back in Chinook from Great Falls after attending the annual Montana Governor's Conference on Aging. The event brings health care providers and caregivers together from across the state to discuss issues facing aging populations especially in a sparsely populated state like Montana.

Organizers of the conference identified 35 Montanans who were at least one hundred years old and would be honored during the conference. Five of those invited, including Virginia Olson from Blaine County, were able to make the trip to Great Falls for the annual luncheon. Virginia will be 102 about...

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