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 Phyllis Ragna <I>Nelson</I> Carlson

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Phyllis Ragna Nelson Carlson

  • Birth 2 Apr 1920 Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA
  • Death 20 Feb 2010 Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA
  • Plot Section G-4, Lot 132, Grave 3 on Dana Ave
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  • Memorial ID 103667952

Phyllis R. Carlson, age 89, of Mason City, Iowa, formerly of Red Wing, Minn., died Saturday, Feb. 20, at Heritage Care Center in Mason City.

Memorial services will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 615 W. 5th St., Red Wing, with Rev. David Jore officiating. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the spring in Red Wing. There will be no visitation. Per Phyllis's wishes, she was cremated. Memorials may be directed to the Phyllis R. Carlson Memorial Fund in care of the family.

Phyllis was born April 2, 1920, in Red Wing, the daughter of Alf and Ellen (Soderholm) Nelson. She graduated from high school in Red Wing. She was married to Rev. John Norman Carlson on Feb. 14, 1943, in Red Wing. To this union, three children were born.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, bowling, TOPS, horseback riding, camping, cooking, swimming, reading, crafts, playing cards, skiing, ice skating, and was a basketball player in high school. She was an avid bargin hunter.

She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Mason City. She worked closely with her husband in a counseling and mentoring capacity at the Avon Children's Home in Avon, Mass. They also assisted WWII refugees in starting new lives in the United States. Phyllis was involved with women's groups at Lutheran churches in California, Montana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Iowa. She worked as a nurse aide, home health care provider, and secretary at Johnson County Human Services in Iowa City, Iowa.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Steven Carlson and wife Julie of Big Fork, Mont., Kenneth Carlson and wife Sally of Kenton, Ohio, Susan Dahlstrom of Mason City; six grandchildren, Kim, Curt, John, Paul, Kelsey and Savannah; six great-grandchildren; and brother, Arnold Nelson and wife Delphine of Red Wing.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rev. John Norman Carlson; brother, Harold Nelson and wife Betty; twin brother, Philip Nelson and wife Shirley of Northfield, Minn.; and nephew, Brian Nelson.

Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

--Photo and Obituary from Major Erickson Funeral Home & Crematory

Phyllis was a twin of Phillip, which was the first set of two sets of twins born to Alf and Ellen Nelson.


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  • Created by: Wayne Diercks
  • Added: 16 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103667952
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phyllis Ragna Nelson Carlson (2 Apr 1920–20 Feb 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103667952, citing Oakwood Cemetery, Red Wing, Goodhue County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by Wayne Diercks (contributor 47437654) .