Martha J. Carlson, of Stratford died May 4, 2017 at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 8, 2017 at the Stratford Lutheran Church with Pastor Joe Lambert officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at the Stratford Lutheran Church from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Martha Jeanette Carlson, daughter of Clifford and Helen Irene (Angstrom) Carlstedt, was born on March 31, 1938 at the farm northeast of Stratford. On July 18, 1959 Martha married Keith R. Carlson at the Stratford Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Martha received her early education at Stratford Community School. Martha graduated from Iowa State University in 1960. She taught Home Economics and Art in Cylinder.
Martha and Keith also lived in Belmond and Ames before returning to their
farm at Stratford in 1976. They lived on the farm until March of 2015 when they moved to Athens Woods Estates in Stratford.
Martha owned and operated the H & R Block income tax office in Webster City for 40 years, serving hundreds of tax clients and making life-long friends. She was an Enrolled Agent with the IRS and received numerous awards from H & R Block. Martha enjoyed traveling and visited every state in the United States. She was an accomplished seamstress, quilter and interior decorator. Martha also enjoyed visiting historic homes.
Martha is survived by her husband Keith; sons, Michael and Douglas (Sheila) Carlson of Stratford; three grandchildren, Barrent, Koryne and Ella Carlson; and sister, Donna Lee Robinson of Stratford.
She was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister.
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Mrs. Carlson was my Home Economics teacher in 1961 & 1962. I was a high school freshman and sophomore in Cylinder, Iowa. I enjoyed her teaching and her kind personality! She made learning fun and exciting. I am so sorry to hear of the loss to you family members and to Keith. You will be in our prayers in the days ahead, knowing she will be missed. No one can replace the love of a wife and mother. Hold her memory close to your hearts and know that she has joined the church triumphant and will be waiting for you there. Warmly, Diana (& Doug) Pals
Martha and I were friends and classmates at Iowa State where we were often in classes together. I have always admired her for her many talents and cheery smile. Avis Lettow Pohl
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