Helen Estelle Sofia Carlson Watts
Christians Funeral Home
Helen Estelle Sofia Carlson Watts passed away on July 16, 2013 at Bethany Home, Lindsborg, KS. She was born February 20, 1916 in Lindsborg, KS to Abel and Ellen (Nilsson) Carlson.
She was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church.
Being the oldest child, she faithfully helped care for her brothers and sister.
She attended Elvings country school grades 1-8 and graduated from Lindsborg High School in 1934.
In McPherson, she met Herb Watts who became a friend. They were married on March 31, 1957 in a Salina church. God has blessed Helen and Herb with unusually good health and they were able to celebrate 56 years of marriage on March 31, 2013.
Helen and Herb were pillars in the Manhattan Covenant Church being very involved with supporting the pastor and his family, cleaning the church, greeting members, and doing whatever was needed. They spent many happy years in Manhattan enjoying new friends and family visits. They especially enjoyed having their nieces and nephews stop by to see them while they attended K-State.
She retired from AT & T after working 31 years enjoying the Pioneer Group gatherings. Eventually they moved back after her parents moved to Bethany Home.
Helen and Herb loved to travel using their camper, flying, or taking the train. They vacationed in much of the USA. Also, they flew to Copenhagen, Denmark, and then to Norway.
Helen loved dogs and enjoyed gardening, being outdoors, watching the birds, rabbits, and squirrels. Helens trademark was generously caring about other people, showing Gods love throughout her long life of 97 years.
Preceding Helen were her parents, infant brother Arnold Milton, brother Homer, brother-in-law Norris Peterson, sisters-in-law Margaret D. Carlson and Margaret I. Carlson, niece Mary Martin, nephew Daniel Carlson, great-nephews Brian Shultz and Joshua Peterson, great-niece Heidi Peterson, and great-great-nephew Caden Carlson.
She is survived by -
Brother: Terence Carlson
Sister: Eunice Peterson
Nieces: (Baby Dolls)- Irene (Bill) Vance
Marsha (Jim) Wilson
Rachel (Aaron) Carlson
Mim (Pat) Crockett
Rita (Craig) Shultz
Cheryl (Bruce) Spare
Ann (Jim) Coen
Nephews: (Baby Dolls) - Donald (Kristen) Carlson
David (Marla) Peterson
Brian (Crista) Carlson
John (Jolene) Martin
Step-daughter: Arlene Phillips
Two step-grandsons: Kirk (Amy) Rolfs
Scott (Sharon) Rolfs
Six step-great grandchildren: (nephew) Roger Tillberg
(niece) Janet (Bill) Keller
Host of great and great-great-nieces and nephews
Visitation will be Friday, July 19, 2013, from 4-7 p.m. with family present from 6-7 p.m. at Christians Funeral Home, Lindsborg.
A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, July 20, at 1:00 p.m. at the Evangelical Covenant Church with burial following at Smoky Hill Cemetery, Lindsborg.
Memorials may be designated for the Evangelical Covenant church or Bethany Home in care of Christians Funeral Home 103 N. Washington PO Box 386 Lindsborg, KS 67456.
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