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Gertrude E. 'Trudy' Olson


Gertrude E. "Trudy" Olson, 86, passed away Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Basin, Wyo.

Firstborn of Walter and Mildred (Peavler) Lowe, Trudy was born October 28, 1932, in Deaver, Wyo. In 1951 she married William "Bud" Vazanko and to this union two daughters were born. The couple later divorced.

In 1970 she married Carl Olson in Waukesha, Wis. The couple moved to Thermopolis in 1981 where Trudy was employed as a Respiratory Therapist at Hot Springs County Memorial Hospital. Retiring in 1990, she worked in the deli at Don's IGA for eight years.

After retiring from IGA she spent winters with her daughter, Mary, in Missouri and summers with her daughter, Kathy, in Basin. 

Trudy enjoyed gardening, baking, oil painting and creating porcelain dolls. She was a seamstress and loved animals. She was a member of St. Frances Catholic Church in Thermopolis.

She is survived by her daughters, Mary Rollins of Columbia, Mo., and Kathy (Ron) Boyd of Basin; sister, Barbara Bunn of Cody; grandchildren, John, Nathan, Terry, Whitney and Brandon; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 great, great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Alice; husband, Carl; and granddaughter, Krystal.

Graveside services will be Friday, May 17, 11 a.m. at Monument Hill Cemetery with Father Louis Shea of St. Margaret's Catholic Church, Riverton, officiating.

Memorials in Trudy's name may be sent to New Hope Humane Society, 700 15 Mile Rd., Worland, 82401. Mortimore Funeral Home is assisting the family. Tributes may be offered at


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