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Dorothy Carlson, 91, Ft Myers, passed 9/4/13 with her beloved husband of 67 years, Ray, and her daughters by her side.

Dorothy was born 3/18/22 in Windom, MN, graduating from Asbury Hospital School of Nursing in Mpls, MN in 1943. Dorothy joined the Army during WWII, caring for wounded soldiers and also refugees at Dachau Concentration Camp.

Dorothy married Ray Carlson on June 18th, 1946. They moved to Urbana, IL in 1950. Dorothy worked as nurse manager of the New Born Nursery at Carle Hospital. She was an amazing wife, mother and friend, always smiling, telling Norwegian jokes, cooking, entertaining and playing cards. She and Ray became snow birds in Ft Myers, FL in 1992 and full time residents in 2004. Dorothy was a member of the First United Methodist Churches of Champaign, Urbana and Ft Myers.

Dorothy was a kind, patient, loving lady and she will be greatly missed but fondly remembered by her surviving family, husband Ray Carlson (Ft Myers), son Terry Carlson (Urbana, IL), daughter Jill Flexman & husband Steve (Sleepy Hollow, IL), daughter Malinda Carlson (Troutdale, OR), Daughter in Law Peggy Watkins Carlson (Homer, IL) and grandsons Connor Flexman and Aidan Carlson. Dorothy was preceded in death by her son Mark Carlson of Homer, IL.

Contact the family regarding a celebration of Dorothy's life in January 2014. In lieu of flowers send donations to Hope Hospice Team 240 at or 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.

Published in The News-Press on Sept. 15, 2013
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