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Carol Carlson, 90, of Duluth, departed peacefully in her sleep on Mother's Day, May 11, with her children at her side.

She was born in Duluth on March 16, 1924 to George and Frieda (Zinter) McAuley.

She worked as a stenographer for the Great Northern Railway and DuPont, and in August 1945 married Einar Carlson, who passed away in 1972. Carol and Einar started married life in the Duluth area, and moved to Mt. Iron-Virginia in 1955.

They had five children: Janice, who died in 2011, and surviving children Terrance, Phyllis, David and Steven. She was very proud of her family, including 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, with two more expected in August. She is also survived by her sister Marilyn Stromberg; and brother George McAuley, M.D.

During her very active life, Carol was a devoted wife and mother, Lutheran, Democrat, bowler, bridge and cribbage player (former State Senior Champion), reader, sports fan and puzzle solver. Her collection of frogs symbolized the acronym for her life's motto, Fully Rely On God. She enjoyed time with family and friends at Lake Vermilion, and was a font of historical information about Holyoke, Minn., where her grandparents homesteaded in 1902, she was baptized, spent many summers in her youth, and met Einar at a Community Center dance.

She will be missed and lovingly remembered by all her grateful family members.

SERVICE: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 31 in Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2012 East Superior Street, Duluth.