Elizabeth Carlson

Elizabeth "Betsy" Dianne Carlson

SPRINGFIELD - Elizabeth "Betsy" Dianne Carlson died March 21, 2013, at Springfield Memorial Hospital in Springfield, Illinois.

Betsy was born January 4, 1955, in Salem, Oregon and graduated from Sprague High School. She married and settled near Houston, Texas raising four children. In 2000, she met Gary Newell Adair. They married in 2004 in Houston and in 2006 moved to Springfield, Illinois.

Betsy graduated Sum-ma Cum Laude from University of Texas Health Science Center with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and completed her Ph.D. in Public Health and Gerontology in 2003. Betsy worked as a nurse, a nurse educator, a nurse practitioner, and as a researcher, publishing articles in academic journals. She worked tirelessly to relieve healthcare disparities and con-ducted research on ways to build trust and Social Capital. Betsy founded Springfield Elder Care to provide much needed service to the geriatric community.

Betsy loved being a mother and grandmoth-er, and enjoyed teaching - from home-teaching her own children to mentoring nursing students.

She enjoyed creating art with pastels, walking the family dog, Cinnamon, and reading in her sunroom. She also made a darn good apple pie – a family favorite and blue ribbon winner!

She is survived by her husband, Gary Adair; her four children: Jeremy Carlson of Oberlin, Ohio, Nicole Carlson and Rachel Carlson of Houston, Texas, and Kathryn Carlson of Santa Rosa, Florida; her sisters, Janet Steveley of Ashland, Oregon, and Sarah Rogers of Antigua, Guatemala; and her two grandchildren, Maximillian and Benjamin Carlson. She was preceded in death by her parents, Elizabeth Ruth Thompson and William Geymer Steveley; her brother, Douglas W. Steveley; and her sister, Patricia A. Codron.

A memorial service will be held at Cathedral Church of Saint Paul, 815 South Second Street in Springfield on Sunday, March 24 at 2:00 p.m. If sending flowers, please send to family home as the church will be decorated for Palm Sunday. Betsy will be laid to rest in Ashland, OR.

Published in The State Journal-Register on Mar. 27, 2013