Carson, Josephine Lois (Rankin) (July 5, 1920 - September 9, 1998)

Josephine Lois Carson

Douglas Budget - September 16, 1998

Funeral services for Josephine Lois Carson, 78, were Sept. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Douglas with Rev. Harry Randall officiating.

Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery with the Order of Eastern Star conducting graveside rites.

Mrs. Carver (sic) Carson died Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Memorial Hospital of Converse County. She was born July 5, 1920 in Torrington to John Floyd and Hazel H. (Cram) Rankin. Her father's travels took the family to Arizona, Oregon, Colorado, back to Wyoming and the Salt Creek Oil Field, to Missouri and back to Torrington in 1925. She was educated in Torrington, graduating from the Torrington high school in 1937. She then attended the Barnes School of Business in Denver and Nebraska State Teachers College in Kearney, graduating with a teaching degree in commercial subjects.

She taught in Harrison, Neb., for two years, followed by a year as office manager in a radio station in Port Arthur, Texas, and about a year and a half as a bookkeeper/office manager at a news station in Marshfield, Wisc.

She then returned to Torrington to help with the family business.

She married Rex Carson on Dec. 31, 1954, in Hot Springs, S.D. They had two daughters and a son. They owned and operated a farm northwest of Torrington until 1962. After the sale of the farm they purchased the A&W drive-in in Douglas and operated it for 10 years. Rex then retired, but she continued working as a bookkeeper for several years.

Mrs. Carson stayed active as a volunteer. She was active with Eastern Star and First United Methodist Church. Her favorite community project was her weekly visits to Michael Manor to read to residents. She received several awards for her life of service from many different organizations.

She is survived by her children, Byrla Carson of Thermopolis, Donna Shafer of Big Piney and Ralph Carson of Bountiful, Utah; brothers Bud Rankin of Kennewick, Wash., and Bob Rankin of Torrington; eight grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Rex on May 24, 1991.

Serving as pallbearers were George Darlington, John Lindeman, Allen Pierce, Charles Pexton, Richard Long and Roger Rankin. Honorary pallbearer was Harold Link.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of arrangements.


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