Carol Christine Olson Myhre was born on September 28, 1949 in Windom, Minnesota to Helen and Donald C. Olson. She spent her childhood growing up in Windom and graduated from Windom High School in 1967.
Carol married John Larson in 1967, moved to Mankato, MN, and raised two children, Chad and Christine. Carol graduated from Mankato State University in 1992, and went on to earn her Master's Degree in Speech Pathology and Communications Disorders. She spent time working at the Mankato Hospital and area nursing home care centers performing speech therapy. Carol also taught in the Communication Disorders Department at Mankato State University until 2012, when she retired.
Throughout her life, Carol enjoyed spending time outside, whether it was walking, gardening, camping, traveling, or biking. She loved and respected nature and our great world. She passed that love and respect of the outdoors on to her children and grandchildren. Carol was kind and generous to all that came in contact with her. She also had a passion for music. She performed in musical groups in high school and sang in the Minnesota Valley Chorale for many years. She enjoyed dancing and attending the Blues Festival in Duluth, MN. In her later years, Carol continued her beautiful generosity, love for the outdoors, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Carol is survived by her children, son Chad Larson, Minneapolis, MN; daughter, Christine Ringen (Chad), Centerville, MN; her grandchildren, Madeline and Owen Ringen, Centerville, MN; two sisters, Marie Travens, Las Vegas, NV; Susan Gustner (Jim) Little Falls, MN; niece, Sarah Gustner-Hewitt (Cody), Port Townsend, WA. Nephew, Dan Gustner (Holly), Detroit Lakes, MN; Former husband, John Larson, Janesville, MN; Aunt, Lola Tewes, Spring Lake Park, MN, and cousin Vicki Iverson, Shoreview, MN; and other relatives and friends.
Carol is preceded in death by her parents Helen (Martin) and Donald C. Olson, step-mother Josephine (Lykken) Olson, sister, Linda Challis, brothers-in-law, Michael Challis and Bob Travens, and former husband Michael Benson.
Carol passed from this life at the age of 68 due to complications from Alzheimer's disease on April 28, 2018.
A Celebration of Life Service for Carol (Olson) Myhre, age 68 of Mankato and formerly of Windom and daughter of the late Donald and Helen Olson of Windom, will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at the LaCanne Family Funeral Home in Windom with Pastor Kathy Brandt officiating. Burial will be follow in the Lakeview Cemetery in Windom.
Visitation will be on Saturday, May 19th, from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM at the funeral home in Windom.
Published on May 15, 2018