Helen Louise Carlson, 93 - January 31, 2014Helen Louise Carlson, 93, of North Platte and Gothenburg passed away Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, at Hilltop Estates in Gothenburg.
A celebration of life service will take place at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at the United Methodist Church in Gothenburg with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Thurman officiating. Burial will be at Fort McPherson National Cemetery.
Register book signing will be conducted on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home.
Carlson was born Nov. 10, 1920, at Fremont to Anna Christine (Kronberg) and Vern Alvin Hanthorne. Her family moved numerous times then settled in Omaha.
After graduating from high school at Kennard, she attended Dana College in Blair for one year and began teaching at country schools in Washington County in 1942. She later enrolled at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and eventually graduated from Dana College with a bachelor’s degree in education.
Several years later she graduated with a master’s degree in counseling and guidance from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Altogether, she taught in country schools and in North Platte for 38 years, 25 of those years being third grade at North Platte Public Schools.
In 1949, she was united in marriage to Stanley Fred Carlson. To this union, one child was born.
Carlson was active with many organizations in North Platte and volunteering for the American Red Cross, the Buffalo Bill Museum and visiting nursing homes with her church group.
?She was a member of the First Lutheran Church for 49 years, and a lifetime PTA member, pass president of Retired Teachers, AAUW and LCW.
?Carlson was a devoted mother, a loving grandmother and a dedicated teacher, family members said. She was also a talented artist and enjoyed membership in Platter Painters where she won numerous art awards and held a one-man art show at Great Plains Regional Medical Center. One of her paintings was chosen to hang in the Governor’s mansion for a month.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Vern and Anna; her husband, Stanley; two sisters in-law; a brother, Lloyd Hanthorne at age three; two sisters—Hazel Poirrier and Maxine Camden.
Survivors include: her daughter, Carolyn (Stu) Simmons of Brady; three grandchildren—Tiffany (Billy) Anderson of Gilbert, AZ, Samantha (Anjan) Simmons-Pahadi of St. Charles, IL, and Wendy (Scott) Bartels of Gothenburg; nine great-grandchildren and one great- great-grandchild; two sisters—Barbara Voss of Washington, MO, and Gladys Martin of Honolulu, HI; numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial has been established at the North Platte Public Schools Foundation for scholarship of future elementary teachers.