Myrtle W. Carlson, 86, of Montrose, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 9, 2013, at her home.
Born April 18, 1927 in Montrose, she was the daughter of the late Earl Arland and Emmagene L. (Manning) Warner.
Myrtle retired in 1978 as the utilization review coordinator of Flushing Hospital, a 420-bed community hospital in Flushing, New York.
She earlier served as the secretary to the dean of the School of Law at the University of Pittsburgh, and as a cartographic draftsman for the U.S. Army Map Service in Providence, R.I. Before marriage, she was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance in Montrose.
For more than 40 years, Mrs. Carlson was actively involved in the work of her husband, the Rev. Dr. Paul R. Carlson, a Presbyterian minister. They were married August 5, 1950 in the Bridgewater Baptist Church in Montrose.
Mrs. Carlson served as the regent of the Montrose Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also participated in DAR activities at the state and national levels. A highlight of her DAR membership came in 2005 when she was named that year's winner of the organization's National Essay Contest. The prize was based on her essay of Sergeant Elijah Whiting, her forbear and Revolutionary War patriot through whose service she became eligible for DAR membership.
She was a life member of Hadassah, the international women's Zionist organization, and was active with her husband, including during his tenure as executive director of the United Church of Northeastern PA.
A 1945 graduate of Montrose High School, Mrs. Carlson received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude with a double major in sociology and psychology from Queens University, Flushing, N.Y. She also attended Providence Bible Institute, Providence, R.I., Dutchess Community College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and the University of Pittsburgh. She was an accredited medical records technician (ART).
Survivors include her loving husband, the Rev. Dr. Paul R. Carlson, Ed.D. of Montrose; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Robins Carlson Jr., Ph.D and Laura Anne Yarbro, Ph.D of St. Petersburg, Fla., Timothy Eric and Elizabeth Carlson of New Rochelle, N.Y.; grandsons, Daniel Frazier Carlson, P.h.D. of Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel, Aaron Manning Carlson, M.D. of Cedar Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Helen Warner Myers of Montrose; nieces, Elizabeth Janoski, Laurel Canfield, Karen Franks; and a nephew, Russell Breeze.
Besides her parents she was predeceased by her sister, Alice Warner Lloyd.
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Services: 11 AM Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church of Montrose.
Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the church.
Instead of flowers: memorial contributions may be made to, Religion Newswriters Association, P.O Box 2037, Westerville, OH 43086-2037. In memory donation must be written in the memo.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Bartron-Myer Funeral Home, Inc., Montrose, PA 18801.