Ruth Lorraine (Ruether) Olson (1920 - 2014)



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Flat River (now Park Hills), St. Francois County, Missouri


Saint Clair, Franklin County, Missouri

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Mother: Lucille (Yarbrough) Jones-Ruether-Price-Daugherty
Father: Carl Henry Ruether

Husband: Lloyd Wayne Olson
Children with Lloyd: Jerry Wayne Olson, William Lloyd Olson, and LCpl Steven Ricky Olson


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1920 - In the year that Ruth Lorraine (Ruether) Olson was born, the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote, passed both Houses of Congress and was sent to the States to ratify. In August, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and it became law eight days later. Mississippi ratified it in 1984.

1942 - By the time she was 22 years old, due to World War II, automobile production in the United States was stopped on February 1st. A tire rationing program had begun the month before. Detroit - the main hub of car manufacturing - was ordered to free up assembly lines for military production. The president of the Automobile Manufacturers Association said “The automotive industry is in this war all the way". Some dealerships had to close and others expanded their repair shops. The used car market boomed (as did a black market in used cars).

1960 - At the age of 40 years old, Ruth was alive when on September 26th, the first televised debate for a Presidential campaign in the United States - Kennedy vs Nixon - was held. Seventy million people watched the debate on TV. The debate pre-empted the very popular Andy Griffith Show.

1980 - At the age of 60 years old, Ruth was alive when on December 8th, ex-Beatle John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman in front of his home - the Dakota - in New York City. Chapman was found guilty of murder and still remains in jail.

1991 - When she was 71 years old, on November 7th, legendary basketball player Magic Johnson announced that he had HIV. In 1991, the public was confused about the difference between HIV and AIDS (HIV is a virus that can lead to AIDS) and there was little treatment for either. Most thought that Johnson would die within a year or so. Also, the transmission of AIDS wasn't understood so he had to retire from basketball. Magic Johnson is still alive and well.

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Ruth Lorraine (Ruether) Olson, mother to 3 children, passed away on May 20, 2014 in Saint Clair, Missouri at 94 years of age. No cause of death has been entered. Ruth was born on April 12, 1920 in Flat River (now Park Hills), Missouri. She was born to Lucille (Yarbrough) Jones-Ruether-Price-Daugherty and Carl Henry Ruether, and we currently have no other siblings in her family tree. She married Lloyd Wayne Olson. and they gave birth to Jerry Wayne Olson, William Lloyd Olson, and LCpl Steven Ricky Olson.


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