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Nancy Carlson

SHELBY-Nancy Hogan Carlson, 92, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at her residence in Sterling House of Shelby. Born Jan. 29, 1920, in Canton, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Olive Cole Hogan.
In addition to her parents, Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Bager Carlson; and her brother, Dr. William H. Hogan Jr.
She is survived by Philip Carlson (Sherry); Cynthia Carlson (Bill Bullock); Hal Carlson; and Mary Carlson. Her grandchildren are Marshall Carlson (Lynn); Matthew Carlson; and Alice Jenkins. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Kate Carlson and Hendrick Carlson, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Nancy graduated from Flora Stone Mather College (now Case Western Reserve University) in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1942, with a B.S. in biology and a specialization in medical illustration. On June 5, 1943, she married Ralph "Red" Carlson, a 1941 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
During their 40-year marriage, Nancy moved where Red's naval career took them, including Key West; Hawaii; Nova Scotia; and the Washington, D.C. area, where he retired as a captain after 25 years of active duty. They settled in Shelby in 1971.
Following Red's death in 1983, Nancy found solace and joy in pursuing her interests in painting, drawing and writing and publishing poetry. She also volunteered with various local charities and was a decades-long member of the Shelby Garden Club and Readers Book Club.
Nancy lived independently until she was 89 years old and moved to Sterling House, where she received extraordinary care and love. Nancy's children express their immense gratitude to and respect for the staffs of Sterling House and Hospice Cleveland County.
A service to honor Nancy and celebrate her life will be held on her birthday, Jan. 29, 2013, at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Shelby.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that gifts be sent to Hospice Cleveland County or the Cleveland County Humane Society.

Published in Shelby Star on Dec. 5, 2012
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