October 19, 1925 ~ November 3, 2015
Adrienne "Gabby" Sullivan was born 10-19-25 in Little Aldouane, NB, Canada. She passed away 11-3-15 while a resident at Bethany on University. She was the daughter of Damase and Alice (Richard) Daigle. In 1942 she married Raymond Olson who was stationed in New Brunswick, Canada with the RCAF. In 1947 along with their 4 children moved to Fargo from Winnipeg, Canada. She would later have 2 more children. She spoke only French at the time. In 1949 she could speak and write English fluently and was naturalized a citizen of the United States. She loved her new Country but if ever asked her nationality she would proudly say “I’m French Canadian". In 1975 she married James Sullivan and moved for a time to Alabama. Some would say once she learned English she never stopped talking, hence the name "Gabby". She was a devout Catholic who attended church every day. She did admit to sneaking out early on occasion to walk with friends. She loved to walk and talk and will be remembered mostly for her funny stories and infectious laugh. "Gabby" leaves behind one daughter, Cheryl Olson of St. Augustine, FL; five sons, Franklin (Wattie) Olson of Honolulu, Hi, Steven (Debbie) Olson of Fargo, Neil Olson of Moorhead, William (Sharon) Olson of Newport News, VA and Todd (Julie) Olson of Fargo; five grandchildren, Steven, Christopher, Var, Adam and Nathan and two step-grandchildren, Jill and Jason. She is also survived by several very special Canadian nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband James Sullivan; four sisters, Rita, twins Yvette & Lorraine and Melanie; three brothers; Ernest, Damase and half-brother Philippe. Donations in Adrienne's memory can be made to St. Anthony of Padua and St. Mary's Cathedral both in Fargo or any charity of your choice. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM with a 7:00 PM Prayer Service on Sunday, November 8th at Boulger Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be at 2:00 PM Monday, November 9th at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church.
I was saddened to read of Adrienne’s passing. No matter how much we think we are ready for it, I found it hard to let go of my parents. I have such fond memories of Adrienne and the very busy Olson household; I thought she was such a “cool” lady and tried to model some of my behavior after her. When she married Jim and I saw how happy two of my favorite people were, it thrilled me; it let me know good partnerships can be found. The family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Bill, we are thinking of you and your family! Hopefully you and your mother met up in the clouds somewhere as you were trying to reach her!
Mom you are a great lady. You will be missed. We love you!
Tribute to Our Mom
God said you were getting tired, a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you, and whispered come with me.
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer and saw you fade away,
Although we love you dearly, we could not make you stay.
So when we saw you sleeping so peacefully from pain,
we could not wish you back to suffer that way again.
A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hand went to rest,
God took you to prove to us he only takes the best.
In life we miss you dearly, in death we love you still,
In our hearts you hold a special place, no one else could ever fill.
Franklin, Steven, Cheryl, Neil, William, Todd
So sorry to read in the newspaper of Gabby’s passing! Your family is in my prayers! It was a privilege to help her in her final years when I did work with her! I also want to say how great it was to always see the “kids” visiting her often. You just don’t see enough of that in a nursing home! You guys were all so good to your mom! God’s peace be with you all!
We would like to send our condolences to you all on the loss of your mother.
Marlene, John, Val and Verne
Its been a few years since i lived near her at 901 but i have a few good memories of gabby. She would go to church or what ever and leave the oddest treats at my door from cookies to a whole bag of cereal. Haha she was a kind lady and will be missed!
Rusty sorry to hear about your mom. She was such a good story teller. I missed coming to the visitation with my mom Suzi, but wanted you to know I was thinking of you guys. Take care
Steve we are all sorry for you and your family’s loss . Sylvia , Karla , Philip Keller and family