Oct. 26, 1912 — Nov. 2012
A graveside service will be conducted on Dec. 15 for Jessie Eula Carlson who died recently.
Mrs. Carlson was born in Lee, Oregon on October 26, 1912. When she was a small child her parents and other relatives homesteaded in Yocum Valley near Lakeview, Oregon. She had fond memories of living in a small log cabin, built by her father, and where she would play with her brother in the open pastures and forests around her home. Yocum Valley was where she started school, but later lived in other towns in Oregon. When she was in high school her family moved to Stockton where she later met and married Alvin Carlson on Dec. 6, 1930.
Al & Jessie lived in several small towns in the Sierra Nevada foothills with their two daughters. During this time Al operated a dragline for a gold dredging company before purchasing property in Patterson next to his parent's apricot farm. He grew several cover crops, including alfalfa, before planting an apricot orchard, and Jessie was active in driving tractor for hay baling and storage, as well as putting out boxes for apricots. After World War II they built a new home where they raised two daughters, and after they were grown, Mrs. Carlson spent summers with her grandchildren coming for visits. All Mrs. Carlson’s family and friends remember the sun-dried apricots that we would receive every year, and the wonderful chicken dinners and angel food cakes, which she made on the farm.
After Al died in 1963, Jessie moved back to Lakeview, Oregon, near her childhood home of Yocum Valley where she rebuilt a small home and reconnected with her childhood. Later, she also lived in Salem, Oregon and Eureka, California, to be close to her daughters. Grandma Jessie made a quilt for each grandchild for their wedding day, and one or more quilts for each grandchild as they came along. Also, she knitted many, many pairs of slippers for all the family.
As she was growing older, she moved to a retirement community in Turlock, where she served the on the resident’s council and later in the community store. Her favorite pastimes where walking quickly, playing harmonica and writing poetry. Her poems were often published in the community newsletter “Village Voice” and spoke of her childhood, nature and slower times. She was often asked to play harmonica for church services. She also loved to play the harmonica for the caged bird kept near her room.
Recently her family celebrated her 100th birthday with her on October 26, 2012. She was very proud of this milestone. Now that she has gone to be with the Lord, we all remember Jessie as the woman whose ability to walk quickly and her will to live is an inspiration to us all. Jessie is survived by two daughters, seven grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.
The graveside service will be at Patterson Cemetery, 10800 Highway 33, Patterson at 11 a.m. on Dec. 15, 2012. Please share your memories at www.allenmortuary.com.
Allen Mortuary in Turlock is handling the arrangements.