Elementary providional certified, Moorhead State University, Minnesota, 1955. Bachelor of Science, University Minnesota, Morris, 1967.
Elementary teacher, Marshall County (Minnesota) Rural Schools, 1952-1954; teacher, Glenwood (Minnesota) Public Schools, 1955-1958; teacher, Villard (Minnesota) Public Schools, 1967-1968; teacher, Starbuck (Minnesota) Public Schools, 1968-1977; teacher, mentor, Five Wings Art Council, Staples, Minnesota, 1992; teacher, mentor, watercolor students, Glenwood, Minnesota, since 1992. Community education teacher, Morris, Minnesota, since 1996.
Board director Lake Region Arts Council, Fergus Falls, Minnesota, 1978-1981, 91-94. Co-organizer art workshops, Glenwood, 1993-2005. Co-organizer programs Glenwood Public Library., 1998-2007.
Member Daughters of the American Revolution (recording secretary 2005), Glacial Ridge Artists (president 1985-1987), Ottertail County History Society, Pope County History Society (co-organizer exhibition on physics 1994), Red River Watercolor Society, Art of Lakes (newspaper committee 1995-1997), Terrace Mill Foundation, General Federation Women's Club (historian Glenwood 1996-1997), Glenwood Federated Women's Club (member program committee 1995), Red River Watercolor Society (signature).
Married James Burton Olson. Children: Mark James, Ruth Lynn, Alan Matthew.