Carole Carlson

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Carole Carlson

July 28, 1928 - October 18, 2018

Carole Carlson Carole Deane Chipps Carlson, born July 28, 1928, to Carl and Wilma Roberts Chipps in St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Oct. 18, 2018.
Her parents and her younger brother, Joseph Chipps, predeceased her.
A 1946 graduate of Central High School in St. Joseph, she attended the University of Missouri in Columbia. After graduation in 1950 with a journalism degree, she worked in Nashville, Tennessee.
She met her future husband, Roger K. Carlson, on a blind date in 1952. They were engaged in six weeks and married April 25, 1953, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Three children were born in the 1950s: Leigh, Mary and Keith. The family lived in Evansville, St. Louis and St. Joseph, Missouri and Mansfield, Ohio, where a final child, Kay was born in 1966. During the 1960s, Carole and Roger were heavily involved in Democratic politics and the civil rights movement in Mansfield. They were founding members of the Mansfield Interracial Committee for Action and members also of the local NAACP. Carole received an award in 1970 from the NAACP for her involvement in housing discrimination investigations. The family moved to Pineville, Missouri, in 1970 where Carole and Roger owned and published a weekly newspaper, the "McDonald County News-Gazette," for several years. They also lived later in Grove, Oklahoma, and were owners/publishers of Grove's Grand Lake America weekly newspaper.
Carole and Roger later settled in Anderson in 1977, where they remained for the rest of their lives. Roger died in 1998.
Carole has been active on the board of Anderson Young Ballet Theatre of Anderson and with the 8th Street Historical Society. She was very proud of her home in the historic district of Anderson. Carole worked as a reporter and editor at the Anderson Daily Bulletin for many years. After retirement, she continued to write every day, covering freelance stories for the newspaper, as well as writing short stories, an autobiographical account of her years in the civil rights movement and a novel. Her works were published in magazines and writers' publications.
Carole is survived by her four children, the Rev. Leigh Carlson-Burgess (Kirk) of Wichita, Kansas, Mary Carlson-Carpenter of Bloomington, Keith Carlson (Beth) of Anderson and Kay Carlson-Knorr of Indianapolis. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Cara Cox, Mitchel Carpenter (Sarah), Travis Carpenter, Lana Frazier (Louis), Karianne Carpenter, Corinne Wilson (Josh), Lucy Knorr, Patrick Knorr and Lisa Riazi; seven great-grandchildren, Naomi, Aleah, Blake, Ruby, Amelia, Mason, and Mia; six nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law.
Family visitation will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at Legacy Funeral Services, 504 W. Ninth St., Anderson, followed by a Life Celebration service at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, family requests donations in Carole Carlson's memory to Anderson Young Ballet Theatre, 29 Young Drive, Anderson, IN 46016.
Published on October 24, 2018
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