In Memory of

Marilyn Jo Carlson

July 15, 1933 - December 6, 2018
From: Ames, IA | Originally: Harcourt, IA


Marilyn Jo (Mann) Carlson was born July 15, 1933 and passed from this life to the next on Thursday morning, December 6, 2018 at the Israel Family Hospice House, Ames following a lengthy illness.

  A Celebration of Life Service will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, December 14, 2018 at the Community of Christ Church, Coalville with ministers, Ronald and DeAnne Dunsdon officiating. A private burial will be held at later date. Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Gowrie is in charge of arrangements.

   Marilyn was born in Moorhead, Iowa to Harold and Alice Mann. The family moved to Gowrie in 1936 and then to Harcourt in 1940. She was united in marriage to Francis Carlson Jr. “Sonny” on November 8, 1953 at the United Methodist Church, Harcourt. They recently celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary. The couple lived in or around Harcourt their entire marriage before moving to the Golden Crest Villa in Gowrie last year. They spent over 24 years as snow birds in Arizona. Marilyn worked for Land-O-Lakes in Fort Dodge and then at Consolidated Co-op in Harcourt and Gowrie. In the fall of 1974, following the death of their daughter Barbie, the couple became foster parents.

   Marilyn is survived by her loving husband, Sonny; son, Randy Carlson of Walker, MN; daughters, Lori (Larry) Rankin of Pleasantville; Tammy Buriak of Florida; grandchildren, Mat (Ashley) Carlson; Aaron (Chong) Carlson; Jennifer (Justin) Lee; Jason (Jenna) Ekstrom; Hayley Rankin; Michelle Pennington (John Bryson) and family; Eric (Leah) Rankin and family; great-grandchildren, Austin, Avery and Aiden Lee.

   She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Harold Mann Jr. and daughter, Barbara Lyn.

    Memorials may be left to her church, Southwest Webster Ambulance and the Israel Hospice Home, where she received such loving care in her final weeks.

Celebration of Life Service
1:00 p.m. - Friday
December 14, 2018
Community of Christ Church
Coalville, Iowa


Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 8:52 PM
“We were so sorry to hear of Marilyn's passing. She was a caring person to anyone she met. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Chuck and Beth”
- Chuck and Beth Gernhart

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 3:04 PM
“Hi Sonny, Randy, Lori and all the new family members. I am so sorry about your loss. I always enjoyed being around Marilyn, she was such a sweet person. She will be missed, Congratulations on your recent 65th wedding anniversary. May God bless each of you . love, Linda Hay”
- Linda L. Hay

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 7:57 AM
“So many memories and happy times are centered around Marilyn, Sonny and my cousins. I spent many summers with them. I remember going to St. Louis with Lori, Marilyn and Sonny. Saw my first professional baseball game with them and went to Six Flags. Will miss Marilyn’s laughter and her stories! ”
- Kathy

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 10:27 AM
“So very sorry for the families loss, but Heaven gained a Matriarch! Your Mom & Dad had a model marriage of 65 years. She was a great planner of family gatherings and detailed planner of the dinners. Our sympathy and our love, Diane & Bill Jay”
- Diane Jay

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 6:41 PM
“A good cousin. I was at there wedding. Rest in pease”
- Larry carlson

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