Mary Elsie Carlson

Mary Carlson0001Mary Elsie Carlson, a longtime Troy resident, died Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Good Samaritan Moscow Village. She was 99.

Mary Elsie was born February 10, 1917 at Absarokee, Montana to Walter E. and Edna Mae Kemph Littler. She started school in Montana, also attending at Viola, ID and graduated from Mt. Ellis Academy in Bozeman, Montana. She attended Walla Walla College at College Place, WA. She went to work in Moscow and met John Orvil Carlson at Moscow, and they were married on December 17, 1939. They moved to Troy to farm where she raised her family, drove truck and planted and maintained a large garden. She was an active member of the Big Meadow Club for many years and a founding member of the Troy Seventh Day Adventist Church. She enjoyed quilting and sharing them with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 70 years, John Orvil Carlson in 2009, a grandson, Curtis Christie in 1999, a brother, Walter E. Littler, Jr. in 2005 and a sister, Mildred Cochrane in 1987.

She is survived by her daughters, Eva Lou Diebel (E. Boyd) of Troy and Margaret Susan Carlson of Camas, WA and sons, Terrance (Laurie) Carlson of Dallas, OR and Kenneth O. Carlson of Troy. She also leaves 6 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, March 3rd at the Troy Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Ole Olesen officiating. Burial will follow at the Beulah Cemetery and a lunch will be at the church afterward.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Troy Ambulance Fund.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be left at

4 Responses to Mary Elsie Carlson

  1. Marilea Hixson Quiney says:

    Dear Terry, Eva Lou, Susan, Kenny and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Mary Elsie’s passing. I know she will be greatly missed.
    I’m very thankful I was able to visit her this past September. She was telling me that she was already planning her 100th birthday party and had the music all planned out already.
    My mom, Kathleen Hixson, loved Mary Elsie so very much and missed no opportunity to let others know that they were “double cousins” You were very fortunate to have such a wonderful mom…as was I.
    I was planning to send flowers but then noticed the suggestion to donate to the Troy Ambulance Fund so will do that instead.
    My prayers are with the family during this time of loss. We are so fortunate to have the promise of the resurrection and the blessed hope of seeing Mary Elsie in Heaven.

  2. June Drury Miner says:

    In 1949 my parents met Mary Elise and Orvil Carlson becoming close friends. I remember with fond memories the camping trips, huckleberry picking trips, Sabbath hikes in the mountains, Saturday evening socials, sledding, ice skating on the ponds and snow skiing, and horseback riding. It was never dull growing up with Mary Elise, Orvil and my parent’s. Mary Elise had the most beautiful and productive garden. My husband and son Scotty were always pumping her for garden growing knowledge. Mary Elise will be missed. Her sweet laugher is silent now. It has been a true blessing to know Mary Elise. When our Lord comes again we look forward to being reunited.

  3. Trudy Anderson says:

    Dear Family of Mary Elsie,

    We are so sorry for the loss of your Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandma Mary Elsie,

    From the time we were children, our Dad, John Olsen, always spoke so fondly of his “kissing cousin” Mary Elsie. They were born in the same year, about 3 weeks apart to sisters: Edna (Mary Elsie) and Bertha (John). We lost John in 2008. He would have been so proud of Mary Elsie for almost making it to 100. That had been his goal as well.

    Mary Elsie was a wonderful woman. We feel blessed to have known her and to have seen her off and on through the years. She is admired and made a signifiant difference in this world.

    Our hearts go out to you in your time of grief. We wish you peace.

    Trudy (Olsen) & Don Anderson
    & members of the John Olsen Family

  4. Sharon Covey says:

    Dear Cousins,

    Mary Elsie’s birth, in 1917, was an important event to my newly wedded parents. My Mom, Eugenia Steinbrink, doted on her niece and I was raised knowing that my first cousin, Mary Elsie, was a very special person in our family. Mary Elsie was, indeed, a beautiful, special cousin. I cherish every memory I have of her. She was fun, giving, kind, smart and so much more.

    My thoughts are with all of you who were closest to her and I know you will miss her very much.

    Sharon Steinbrink Covey

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