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Verna R. Carlson, 98, formerly of Williamsport, died Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Danville.

She was born to the late Ethel (Lines) and Wrentham McGarry in Bloomington on November 20, 1923.

She had a loving and supportive family, including her three older brothers, Tom, Forrest and Bill, who always watched over her.

They lived on a farm in the house his father had built. Many nights were spent singing and playing music together. An orange was considered a special gift at Christmas.

She walked to a one-room school and, with her lifelong love of learning, skipped two grades, earning her high school diploma at age 15.

At 16, she met her future husband, the late John C. Carlson, at a neighbor’s farm. They got married in 1946. Their only son John Philip was happily born in 1949.

They lived in Apollo until 1958 when they moved to Williamsport. She lived in the same house until she fell ill on April 19, 2021.

She was active at First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, played the organ and piano, and helped with the youth fellowship group.

She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Beautician at Rush Beauty Salon, she made many friends through the work, which she loved.

She enjoyed reading very much, including every volume of the World Book Encyclopedia! She and her husband enjoyed driving around the state to visit museums and other historic sites. They were “lead and worm” fisherman.

She of course loved her grandchildren and fostered their interest in singing and music.

Surviving is her son, Dr. John (Holly) Carlson, of Danville; two grandchildren, Hope Carlson (Dr. Edwin) Chen and Christopher (Mae) Carlson; and six great-grandchildren, Elizabeth, Evelyn, Samuel, James, Catherine and David.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, October 24 at Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad Street, Montoursville with the Reverend Gwen N. Bernstine officiating. Interment will follow at Twin Hills Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice.