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Lois Barbara Carlson, 80, of Northport, passed away Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 at Munson Medical Center with her loving family at her side.
Lois was born Nov. 10, 1936 in Traverse City the daughter of Zeno and Margaret (Strait) Tharp. On Sept. 14, 1957 at the Northport Covenant Church, she married Donald R. Carlson, who survives.
Lois worked for decades in banking, first at the Traverse City State Bank, then it became Old Kent Bank and finally Fifth Third Bank. Don and Lois also ran their family farm growing cherries and raising cattle.
Her children remember her butterscotch pie with meringue. She loved her humming birds and had feeders all around her house. Lois also loved her dogs, Lukie, Benny and Jack, the springers, Gertrude the pug and Buff the herder.
Don and Lois were members of the West Bay Covenant Church and attended Northport Covenant Church.
Lois is survived by her husband of 59 years, Donald; her two sons, Mark (Tammy) Carlson and Bruce (Sherry) Carlson; three siblings, Ruth Tharp, Elsie Corl and Zeno Tharp; two grandsons, Grant Carlson and Andy (fiancee, Rebecca Van Pelt) Carlson; a great-grandson, Landen Carlson; and two nieces, Cheryll Atticks and Linda Weiss.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Martinson Funeral Home of Suttons Bay. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., with the family greeting friends at 10 a.m., on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the Northport Covenant Church. Burial in Leelanau Township Cemetery will follow the service, and friends are invited to a church luncheon after the graveside services. Pastor Jerry Lange will officiate.
Memorials may be directed to Northport Covenant Church, PO Box 367, Northport, MI. 49670 and/or West Bay Covenant Church, 12720 S. West Bay Shore Dr., Traverse City, MI 49684.
The family would like to thank Dr. James Milliken and the staff and nurses at Munson Medical Center for their wonderful care.
Please share condolences with Lois' family at www.martinson.info.
Arrangements are with the Martinson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Leelanau.
Published on September 3, 2017
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