Jeanne "Jeannie" Lenore Carlson
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Mar. 1, 1934
July 21, 2014
Jeanne "Jeannie" Lenore Carlson, 80, passed on to her everlasting life with her Lord on July 21, 2014 in Reno, Nevada, after a short illness. She was comforted by her husband Clay and their children at her bedside.
A fourth generation Nevadan and longtime Reno resident, Jeannie was born in Fallon on March 1, 1934 to Roy M. and Pauline (Paula) G. Plummer. Jeannie spent most of her early life in California, returning to Reno in 1947 with her mother and younger siblings, Harold (Hal) and Dianne. In 1949 her mother married her second husband, Victor (Vic) F. Bony, who raised Jeannie and her siblings as his own. In 1950 her youngest brother Bruce was born to Vic and Paula. In 1952 she received her High School Diploma with the first graduating class of the new Reno High School. After graduation she worked as a telephone operator for Bell Telephone Co. of Nevada. In 1954 Jeannie met the love of her life, Clay Carlson, and they married in Reno on April 10, 1955. They moved to San Jose, California in 1965, to the newly developing Almaden Valley, where they raised their family. In 1967, the family moved to Matawan, New Jersey where Clay had accepted an 18 month training assignment at the Bell Laboratories. During this time they made many lifelong friends. Jeannie and Clay returned to Reno in 1992 to be close to her family. On March 1, 2014 Jeannie joyfully celebrated her 80th birthday with her family in Reno.
Jeannie enjoyed arts, crafts, painting, and always supported her children's creative, athletic and scientific interests. She was active as an assistant Girl Scout Leader, loved hosting her children's high school parties, and loved entertaining. She was known for her home-cooked meals - her "secret family" recipes were often requested! Creating a beautiful home was one of her passions; displaying mementos and gifts from her children at every opportunity. Jeannie loved all animals, especially her pets - many of which were rescued and adopted. She enjoyed family history, museums, as well as music from the 40's, 50's and 60's. Jeannie and Clay have been active members in the Vintage Fords of Northern Nevada car club, with many close friends over the past 20 years.
A love of travel took Jeannie and Clay on many adventures in their RVs, always including their pets. They visited every U.S. state except Alaska and Maine. Jeannie loved the mountains, coastlines, and flowers and was always photographing her life and travels. Trips to Yosemite were a favorite tradition. She enjoyed her last trip with her family in June, an afternoon drive to Lake Tahoe.
Jeannie's loving, energetic and determined spirit was evident in her recent battle with cancer, chemotherapy, and pneumonia, which began in January 2014. She kept a cheerful and optimistic attitude while suffering the effects of Chemotherapy-Induced Pulmonary Toxicity.
Jeannie is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Clayton O. Carlson, son Bradley D. Carlson, daughters Deanna L. Frost and Linda D. Brooks, and grandson Ryder A. Brooks, brother Harold (Hal) L. Plummer (Janice), sister C. Dianne Plummer, brother Bruce S. Bony (Rene'), and their families, as well as her pets Toby, Peaches and Pyewacket. Jeannie is preceded in death by her father Victor F. Bony (1972) and mother Pauline G. Bony (2006).
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Jeannie's life at Walton's Sierra Chapel, 875 W. Second Street, Reno, NV 89503 (775-323-7189), Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 11:00 am. A gathering will follow at Jeannie and Clay's home. There will be private inurnment ceremony for the immediate family at Our Mother of Sorrows Cemetery, Reno, Nevada on Monday, August 4, 2014.
In honor of Jeannie, charitable donations may be made in her name to the American Thoracic Society, Pulmonary Research, 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (212-315-8600), or to the Nevada Humane Society, 2825 Longley Lane, Suite B, Reno, NV 89502 (775-856-2000).
Walton's Sierra Chapel, Reno
875 West 2nd Street
Reno, NV 89505
Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on July 27, 2014