Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Funeral services for Emily Osborne, 101, of Albert Lea will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. Curtis Zieske will officiate. Interment will be at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Emily died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at Albert Lea Medical Center
Emily Osborne was born on March 25, 1907, in Sioux City, Iowa, and was adopted at 3 months of age by Frank and Alice Osborne of Albert Lea. Her mother died when she was 11 years old and her father died when she was 31 years old. She started running the family farm at 15 years of age and milked 18 cows, cared for six horses, and did field work. Emily’s brother drowned when she was 21 years old. After her father’s death, Emily’s trustee Otto Nelson bought her a Jeep to help with the farm work. She sold the cows when she was 49 years old, but continued to crop farm with Clarence Petersen, who eventually bought her 40 acres. When Emily was 74 years old she moved into Senior Court in Albert Lea and loved the time she spent there. Emily loved the farm, her animals and staying in touch with her family.
Survivors include her son, Gerald and wife Lucille Sorensen; grandchildren, Gina and Ted Kaiser, Betty Sorensen, Raymond Sorensen, Linda and Bruce Walker, Geraldine Johnson, Edwin and Terri Sorensen, Donald Sorensen and Jack Sorensen; 22 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; and one great-great-great-grandchild.
Emily was preceded in death by her parents; brother; and granddaughter, Dorothy.