Irene G. Carlson


Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2005


  Irene G. Carlson

Irene G. Carlson

Kenai resident Irene G. Carlson died Friday, Sept. 2, 2005, from advanced Alzheimer's disease at Nicholson's Assisted Living Home in Kenai. She was 91.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Sand Lake Baptist Church, Jewel Lake Road, in Anchorage. Revs. Keith Lauwers and Chris Ball will officiate.

Mrs. Carlson was buried next to her husband, Paul, in the Port Alsworth Cemetery in Port Alsworth on Saturday.

Mrs. Carlson was born April 25, 1914 in Pine River, Minn. She attended college and received a bachelor's degree from Bethany Nazarene University in Bethany, Okla., and a master's degree from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

She taught as a college professor at Bethany Nazarene University from 1947-52 until she moved to Grand Marais, Minn., and taught as a high school teacher at Cook Country High School from 1952-56. She moved to Anchorage in 1956, where she worked for the Anchorage School District from 1956-66. In 1962, Mrs. Carlson won $1,000 for her "Salmon Cache" recipe in a national contest for home economics teachers. She was a member of the original faculty at Clark Junior High School in Anchorage. In 1966, Mrs. Carlson moved to Iliamna, where she was an elementary teacher in Iliamna and Pedro Bay until 1974 when she retired from the Lake and Peninsula School District.

Mrs. Carlson was a member of the Port Alsworth Bible Church. She was an avid reader and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family wrote, "Irene was a beautiful and gracious homemaker who was known by her family and friends as a very good cook and a wonderful hostess. She could make anything out of nothing, which included her cooking and sewing. She loved children and leaves her legacy in those that she had mentored throughout the years. Irene was a steadfast prayer warrior who loved to honor her Lord in everything she did. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, a caring grandmother, a doting great-grandmother and a great great-grandmother who, even in the latter stages of Alzheimer's, enjoyed her great great-grandson. She will be missed, but the family is comforted in knowing that she is with her Lord Jesus and that those who choose to follow him will also see Irene again."

Mrs. Carlson was preceded in death by her husband, Paul R. Carlson.

She is survived by her older siblings; brothers, Harold Greve of Anchorage and Herbert Greve of Newton, Iowa; sister, Ella Dewey of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter and son in-law, Nancy and John Speedy of Kenai; grandchildren, Linda Stimaker of Anchorage, Janet Pargeter and her husband, Tom of Anchorage, Walter Speedy and his wife, Sharon, of Anchorage and Carol Bannock and her husband, Duane, of Anchorage; great-grandchildren, Erica Stimaker and Roberta Maxwell, Tommy, Michael and Allison Pargeter, David and Jason Speedy and BJ and Tony Bannock; and great great-grandchild, Nathan Maxwell.

Memorial contributions may be made in Irene's memory to the Tanalian Bible Camp, Port Alsworth, AK 99653.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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