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Mary Allison Carlson
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Obituary for Mary Allison Carlson

Mary A. Carlson, 71 of Lake Mills, IA, died Wednesday, March 21, 2018 at Muse Norris Hospice Unit in Mason City, IA.

Memorial Celebration service will be 2 PM, Sunday, 3/25/2018 at Church of Christ, 3493 Eagle Avenue, Fertile, IA 50434, with Pastor Rob Perry officiating.

Mary’s family will meet and greet friends at the church one hour prior to the service on Sunday.

Inurnment will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery in Lake Mills, IA at a later date.

Mary Allison Carlson was the daughter of Francis and Elene (Raak) Alstott of Laurens, IA. She was born December 10, 1946. Mary was educated in the Laurens Community School and participated in music, sports, and speech. She was very involved with 4-H and supported that organization and youth throughout her life.

Mary moved to Lake Mills, IA, to pursue her career as a business teacher. When she graduated from Wayne State College, Wayne, NE, with a degree in Business Education and was recognized as the Outstanding Business Student at the ceremony. She taught school for 36 years at the Lake Mills Community School and like working with the students. She believed in and demonstrated good work ethic. Often she asked her students, “What did you learn today?” expecting a response of their reflective growth, or reminded the students—when you turn in this work to me, you are saying this is the best you can do. “Did you do your best?” Did you take time to prepare and turn in your best?” Mary promoted and demonstrated the Lake Mills Community School’s outcomes of being a lifelong learning, effective communicator, responsible citizen, critical/creative thinker, and healthy contributor. Mary was the first recipient of the Lake Mills Friends of the School award given to her in 2008.

Mary was married on June 13, 1970, to John Carlson of Lake Mills, IA.

Mary used her leisure time for gardening, reading, listening to music, and traveling. She enjoyed the camaraderie of her family and friends. She was an active member of the Church of Christ: Daughters of the American Revolution, which preserves history, promotes patriotism, and supports education; the beneficent organization Order of the Eastern Star; the Lake Mills Area Historical Society; and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, which honors women educators and promotes education and the teaching profession.

Mary is survived by her husband John of Lake Mills, IA; son Larry (April) Carlson and their two children, Simon and Sophia, all of Van Horne, IA; sisters Judy (Craig) Brent of KS and Gail (Allen) Hartman of Sioux Falls, SD; one brother David (Carolyn) Alstott of Laurens, IA; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Church of Christ

3493 Eagle Avenue Fertile, Iowa 50434

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2:00 PM
Church of Christ

3493 Eagle Avenue Fertile, Iowa 50434


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