Olga Helen Dotson Gardner 1924 ~ 2011
Olga Helen Dotson Gardner, our beloved wife, mother, sister, and friend, surrounded by her loving family, passed away on April 30, 2011 after succumbing to complications due to advanced age. Olga was born March 13, 1924, to A. Lewis Dotson and Lola Irene McAdams in Burbank, California. She was the sixth of eight children, and her ancestors all helped to settle Minersville, Utah. She attended high school in Logan and Salt Lake and studied music at Utah State University, singing the lead in Rigoletto at age 17. She married her high school sweetheart, John Hale Gardner, July 23, 1943, in Boston and there studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1949 they moved to Provo where Olga fast became known for her singing in Utah and Salt Lake valleys. She sang the lead in many operas and productions and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for over a decade as a frequent soloist. She was highly sought after as a voice teacher at BYU and taught at home until age 82. She is survived by her eight children: Helen Elizabeth (Tracy Hall), John Willard (Kathryn), Kristin (Ron Spears), Rebecca, Robert Dotson (Debra), Eric William (Connie), Ann Marie, Margaret Irene (John Naegle); one brother Richard (Nancy) Dotson; 37 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon, Saturday, May 7, 2011 at the Oak Hills 1st Ward Chapel, 1038 North 1200 East, Provo. Friends may call at the Berg Mortuary of Provo, 185 East Center, Friday evening from 7 until 8 and at the church Saturday from 10-11:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, Provo, City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.