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Bonnie E. Olson
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today at Lakewood Funeral Home's Riverside Chapel for Bonnie E. Olson, 85. She died March 29, 2012 in Modesto after a battle with cancer.

A funeral service will take place at 10 a.m. on Thursday at Lakewood.

Born Aug. 22, 1926 in San Francisco, Bonnie moved to Modesto at the age of 4 and lived on a dairy with her twin sister Betty, where they became known as the "Freer Creamcup Dairy Twins." The twins milked cows all throughout World War II and bought war bonds and later cashed them in for a brand new Packard. Bonnie was a graduate of Hughson High School. She married Walt in 1949 in Modesto where they started their family and eventually started their own dairy on Maze Boulevard. They sold their dairy in 1959 and she worked side-by-side with Walt at their home lab for the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA); eventually working for the DHIA as a lab technician. Mrs. Olson also worked as a salesperson at Gypsy Boutique in Riverbank and Modesto. Bonnie enjoyed gardening and traveling and was was proud of her Irish heritage.

She leaves behind her children, Sue Olson and Kenny Olson, both of Modesto, and June Bailey of Turlock; her sister, Betty Cole; her grandchildren, Hank Olson, Rachelle Bailey, Katie Olson, Robin Bailey, Dawn Olson, George Brett Olson, Gina Moyer, John Walter Bailey and Rebecca Bailey; and one great-grandchild, Clara Prescott. She was preceded in death by husband Walt, son Grant and parents Milton and Ruth Freer.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356.

An online guestbook for remembrances and condolences is at

-Ceres Courier/ April 4, 2012