Her childhood years were spent on a ranch in Manila, Utah. She was a great help to her mother doing housework, cooking, laundry, and caring for her siblings. During this time, Veda enjoyed walking the hills, swimming, riding horses, playing outdoor games, sleigh riding, ice skating, and spending time with the family.
Veda attended the McKinnon, Wyoming school through the 10th grade as that is all that was offered. She stayed with Martha and Laurel Nelson in Manila while attending the 11th grade. She would go home on the weekend to help with the chores. Her senior year was spent in Rock Springs where she stayed with Peggy Killian, a best friend that she had known from school in McKinnon. She said that was a fun time.
After moving back to Manila, Veda was invited to a party where she met Norman Olsen. He then left home for work and then into the Navy. She was working at the McKinnon store and post office for Glen and Doris Walker when Norman returned from the military. He asked her to go to a dance in McKinnon. They went to dances every weekend after that in McKinnon or Manila where the Terry Orchestra played.
Veda and Norman dated for six months then decided to get married. After a dance one weekend, they drove to Elko, Nevada where they were married on Monday, March 24, 1947. Their marriage was solemnized 56 years later in the Idaho Falls Temple in July of 2003.
During their married life, they moved a lot, but eventually settled in Big Piney, Wyoming where they raised three sons and three daughters. During this time, Veda was a beautiful seamstress, and a good homemaker, keeping busy with cooking, cleaning, budgeting finances, and still managed to teach and train six children, would take time to help her neighbors, and still get in scripture reading, and preparing for her church callings.
Following retirement and after spending 12 years as snow birds in St. George, they decided in 2001 to make St. George their permanent home, so they sold their family home in Big Piney. That was a fun and special time for Veda. She enjoyed the musicals, plays, bowling, senior Olympics, and mostly loved working in the St. George Temple for 17 years. She also served a mission with her husband in the St. George Rehab Center for one year.
Veda was always active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She held many callings in the Church but her love was in Relief Society where she served as President several times. She was always faithful in her many callings, always had a strong testimony and was a great example to others and to her family.
Veda is survived by three brothers and one sister: Calvin (Bertha) Briggs, Gene (Nancy) Briggs, Arlene (Russell) Griffiths, Rueben (Cheryl) Briggs, five children: Michael (Caroline) Olsen, David (Wanda Ann) Olsen, Margie Olsen, Diane (Bill) Stauner, Jane (Keith) Osterman, 24 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. Veda was preceded in death by her husband Norman Lloyd Olsen, parents Eli and Mary Briggs, son Tracy Olsen, and two brothers Merrill and Don Briggs.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at the Kolob LDS 1st Ward Chapel, 1230 South 500 East, Springville, UT, at 12:00 p.m. A visitation will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel, prior to services. Interment will be on Thursday, October 17, at 12:00 p.m. at Tonaquint Cemetery, in St. George, Utah. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, (435) 673-4221.