Esther Marie Carlson Esther Marie Carlson, 100, born February 26, 1913, died February 25, 2014, departing this life peacefully with her family by her side. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Kenneth W. Carlson, her parents, George and Rosa Griswold, and her brothers Fred and Wallace Griswold. She leaves behind one son; Gary Carlson and his wife Susan (Scottsdale, Arizona), one grandson, Mike Carlson and his wife Deanna (Clancy, Montana) and one granddaughter, Karina Zowine and her husband Dave (Paradise Valley, Arizona). Grammie was treasured by her six great grandchildren; Karina Carlson, Eric Carlson and Christian Carlson and Zoe Zowine, Alexa Zowine and Duke Zowine. Her chocolate-chip cookie, Swedish meatball, peach preserve and pickle recipes will live on, but never taste quite the same as when they were made with her own hands. Esther was born on the family farm in Marysville (Marshal County), Kansas. She graduated from Marysville High School, attended Emporia Teachers College and Kansas State College (University). She taught school in a one room country school house for seven years before moving to Topeka where she lived most of her life. While working for Liberty Life Insurance as a bookkeeper, she married Kenneth (Ken) Carlson on May 28, 1940, and worked in his dental office as they began their life together. During WWII, she was able to be with her newly commissioned officer husband as he began his time in the Army. Esther was always active in the civic and social community; a fifty year member of PEO, forty year member of Stormont Vail Hospital auxiliary, Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Topeka Dental Auxiliary. An avid golfer and bridge player, yet her favorite activity was as a marvelous cook and hostess whose gifted personality just beamed when she would prepare dinner and provide a beautifully formal yet comfortable setting for entertaining friends in their home. Staying in Topeka for two years after Ken passed, she moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in 1998 where she easily made new friends and was able to experience the birth and lives of her six great grandchildren. She led a full, energetic and wonderful 100 years. A service celebrating her life will be at 11:00AM, Saturday, March 22, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1275 SW Boswell, Topeka. A memorial service was previously held at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Esther Carlson to Cottey College, 1000 West Austin, Nevada, Missouri 64772 or Stormont Vail Hospital Foundation, Auxiliary Fund, 1500 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 77704. Esther Marie Carlson
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Published in Topeka Capital-Journal from Mar. 9 to Mar. 10, 2014