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Sharon Carlson

July 15, 1944 — January 14, 2017

Funeral services for Sharon Carlson of Donnelly, MN will be held Friday, January 20, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Graceville, MN. Celebrant for the service is Fr. David Brue. Visitation will be Thursday from 5 to 7 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris and for one hour prior to services at the church on Friday. Burial will be in the Graceville Consolidated Cemetery in Graceville.

Sharon Kay Carlson, daughter of James and Mary (Keeler) Miller, was born July 15, 1944 in the Graceville Hospital in Graceville, MN. She grew up attending Barry Elementary School and later attended and graduated from Graceville High School. She was raised on a farm south of Barry. While in school, she enjoyed 4-H (raising sheep and cattle), fishing, hunting, riding horse and most outdoor activities, including being a practical jokester. She especially loved to pick on her grandkids and having coffee with her friends.

Sharon was united in marriage to Ronald Leroy Carlson on July 27, 1963. They lived in Lead, SD for three years, before moving back to a farm outside of Herman, MN. They lived there for a short time before moving to Donnelly, MN, where they made it their permanent home. Sharon began working different jobs, eventually being the first female bus driver for 30 plus years, for the Morris Area Schools. She thoroughly enjoyed her routes, as she thought of them as her kids. She loved activities like crossword puzzles, women's softball, playing cards and dancing. She especially loved to go on vacation with her husband Ron to Texas.

Sharon died on January 14, 2017 at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud, MN, having lived to reach the age of 72 years. She will be missed by all her family and friends.

She is survived by her three children: Mike Carlson of Donnelly, Peggy (Leon) Kellen of Clinton and Lisa (Pat) Dickey of St. Cloud; nine grandchildren; two brothers: James (Karen) Miller of Kimball and Dennis (Kathy) Miller of Germantown, WI; nieces, nephews and extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

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