Longtime Juneau resident Cecelia Carlson died July 4, 2007, in Glendale, Ariz., after a long illness. She was 81.
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She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Cloquet, Minn. She married Vernon Carlson on Jan. 20, 1945, and lived in Minnesota and North Dakota until 1960, when they moved to Ketchikan.
In 1962, they moved to Juneau, where she managed the Montgomery Ward Catalog store. In 1964, she bought the Juneau franchise, which became Carlson Sales Agency. Cecelia, known as "Mrs. C," operated it until 1985.
While in Juneau, she loved boating, fishing, eagle watching and sightseeing around the beautiful state, said family members. She loved to travel to Hawaii, Arizona, Minnesota and California.
She was a member of Pioneers of Alaska Auxiliary Igloo No. 6, Quota Club and Sun City Arizona Alaska Club.
According to her family, she was a wonderful mom and a proud grandmother, participating in every family function she could attend in Juneau and California. She especially loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they said.
In 2001, she moved to Glendale with her daughter, Karen. She loved roses and grew them all year long and tolerated the summer heat, while using her pool and lots of air-conditioning. The opening of the Reifenstein Dialysis Center in Juneau allowed longer and safer trips back home.
"We are grateful to God she had far more tears of joy in her life than tears of sorrow," said her family. "She loved and was loved by all that knew her."
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Carlson, in 1981; both parents; and one brother.
She is survived by her three children, Dennis Carlson and his wife, Venita, of California, Karen Ann Carlson, of Arizona, and Albin Carlson and his wife, Susan, of Juneau; six grandchildren, Betty Nelson and her husband, David, of Hong Kong, Clint Carlson, Michelle Van Kirk and her husband, Brian, and Tina Martin and her husband, Josh, all of Juneau, and Donald Carlson and his wife, Connie, and Vernon Carlson and his wife, Tamara, all of California; six great-grandchildren; two sisters; one brother; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Chapel by the Lake, log chapel. She will be laid to rest on a later date at Alaska Memorial Park, next to her husband.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to the Alaska Kidney Foundation, 3000 A Street, Suite 410, Anchorage, AK, 99503.