|Birth: ||Sep. 20, 1914|
|Death: ||Jul. 16, 2010|
Phillis R. Carlson (September 20, 1914 - July 16, 2010)
Phillis Eda Rothrock Carlson Phillis was born September 20,1914 in Columbus, Ohio where her parents Mable Anna (Willis) and Philip L. Rothrock had family. Philip worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was stationed in New Orleans, Louisiana. A few years later her sister Bettina was born. Phillis married Rudolf Leonard Carlson on July 14, 1945 in London, England where they were both serving in the US Army. Phillis and Rudy had two daughters Karen Lowen (Courtney. G. Jr.) Carlson Pitkin and Terry Lynn (Richard L.) Carlson Irby. She had four grandchildren of whom she was very proud and adored: Mark (Adrienne) Irby; Jennifer (Steven) Pitkin Emerson; Kristine Lynn (Scott) Irby Poston and Philip Pitkin. She was blessed to have three great-grandchildren Holden Irby, Courtney Emerson and Chloe Poston. Phillis was involved in many activities her entire life. She had an associate degree from Bergen Junior College but took many classes- especially art, her entire life. She instilled in her daughters and grandchilden the need for education. Rudy worked for the U. S. Government and they travelled a great deal around the country. Often she was a substitute teacher at the girls schools- those were great days of art classes. She joined the WAAC in World War II and served in Palm Springs (where she met Rudy), Ft. Ogelthorpe GA; Ft. DesMoines, IA; London, England (during the Blitz), Paris, France ( where she ran the switchboard because she could speak French) and throughout Europe and North Africa. After the war; she was mustered out at Ft. Dix, New Jersey and they went to Minneapolis where both daughters were born. She maintained a 50 year+ membership in the Eastern Star, plus many years in Cornelia Greene NSDAR; WAC Veterans Association and AMerican Legion Post 404. She was a longtime member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church. In recent years she made her home at the Missouri Veterans Home- St. Louis. She will be missed by many. In lieu of Flowers donations to Women In Military Service Foundation (Dept 560, Washington D.C. 20042-0560) ,St. Louis Alzheimer's Association, St. Marks Lutheran Church Building Fund or Breeze Park Stained Glass Fund are appreciated. Funeral Services will be held Friday, July 23 at the Chapel of Jefferson Barracks National Cemetary at 2:00 p.m. Memorial Service will be July 24, 10:AM in the Breeze Park Chapel.
Dear Chloe, I had a dream about my granny last night (your great-granny), and I knew that I needed to tell you all about her. Granny used to sing and dance with me. She would wiggle and explain how much she used to love to do the "black bottom" (apparently that was a somewhat naughty dance for her time). I would giggle and listen to all of her stories. When I visited, she always had yummy cereals for me to choose from, and special twin beds for Mark and I to sleep on. Her angel collection was amazing, and I used to rearrange them in a million different formations. She never told me I couldn't touch something. . . even her most fragile and breakable items. I always looked forward to seeing her. She used to call me on my birthday and sing to me in a silly voice, she always asked about my boyfriends, and she never forgot to ask me my dress size so she could pick me out a new dress. She was fun, and goofy, and a great storyteller. Granny told me that "if I squeezed her pocket book a piece of candy may appear". . . and it always worked! She taught me how to crochet, how to make yummy Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing, and why it was important to have pride in being a strong woman with a true sense of self. She called herself a "Wacky WAC," referring to her service in the Women's Army Corps during World War II. And, she explained to me that she has NEVER been fat. . . "only pleasantly plump." She was a true character, a loving granny, and an incredible amount of fun to be around. She was my granny, and I loved her very much. I know that she would have LOVED you, Chloe! I promise to try to make you smile the way she would have definitely been able to do!
Love, Phillis Carlson's Proud Grand-Daughter Kristine Poston July 12, 2010
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Sunday, July 18, 2010.
SGT US ARMY AIR FORCES
WORLD WAR II
Philip Lewis Rothrock (1886 - 1966)
Mable Willis Rothrock (1883 - 1965)
Rudolf Agnor Leonard Carlson (1920 - 1978)
Phillis Eda Rothrock Carlson (1914 - 2010)
Bettina Loewen Rothrock Black (1920 - 2010)*
Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery
St. Louis County
Plot: SECTION T SITE 860
Created by: Mr. Tom
Record added: Jul 18, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55110963