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Grace A. Carlson


Grace A. Carlson, 84, of Kimball, died at Kimball Health Services on Monday, June 16, 2014. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 20, 2014 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Kimball with Father James Joseph officiating. Burial will be in the Kimball Cemetery. Rosary services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Kimball. Friends may visit http://www.cantrellfh.com to view the obituary and leave condolences for the family. Memorials may be given to the family. The services for Grace have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.

Grace Alice Carlson was born in Denver, Colorado on June 25, 1929, the daughter of Joseph and Bertha (Clay) Salazar. She moved with her family at an early age to Ortiz, Colorado and attended school there. The family moved to Kimball and Grace finished school at the Kimball Public Schools. She was married to Gordon Carlson in 1946. They moved to several towns in the Nebraska Panhandle with Gordon's job. They lived in Idaho and Grace raised her family and also worked for J.R. Simplot, who was a potato producer for 37 years until her retirement. She also lived in Wilder and Caldwell, Idaho. She moved to Sidney in 1994 to be closer to family. She moved to Kimball in 1999 and has made her home here since that time. Grace was involved with the Grandparents Program through the Kimball Public Schools. She received many awards for the time she spent with the many lives she touched, and is still remembered as "Grandma Grace" to many of the children, young and old. She loved sewing and was very accomplished at making clothes for family and friends. Grace enjoyed a good game of Scrabble, was active in St. Joseph's Catholic Church and had an amazing faith. She also baked cookies, cakes and bread, and always had some kind of dessert ready for when a guest would arrive.

Survivors include her sons Gordon Carlson of Kimball, NE., and Alan Carlson of Boise, ID; daughters Ginger Scott of Caldwell, ID; brother Alvin (Kathy) Salazar of Denver, CO; sisters Violet Avila of Scottsbluff, NE., Carmen Perkins of Kimball, NE., Arlene Woodson of Casper, WY., Joanie Sowl of Huston, TX., and Joan Vargas of Palatine, TX; 9 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and numerous great great grandchildren. Her parents, son John, sisters Pauline Banks, Mary Louise Salazar and Betty Ann Salazar preceded her in death.


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