Carlson Shirley M. Gittens Carlson, age 87, of Bloomington, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on July 5, 2005. Preceded in death by husband, Lyndon; parents, Esther and Roy Gittens; and brothers, Dean Underhill and Raymond Gittens. Survived by children, Lyndon (Carole), Patrick (Arnitta), Colleen Root (Bruce), Ann Rustad (Mike) and Esther Logelin (Tim); 19 grandchildren; 23 great- grandchildren. Shirley was born in Austin, MN on Aug. 2, 1917. She graduated from South High School in Minneapolis where she won first place in the MN State Handwriting Competition. She went on to graduate from the MN School of Business. She pursued her interest in art by creating hand painted ceramics and painting photographs for National School Studios. Shirley retired after 25 years as a head baker in the Bloomington School District. Her culinary abilities lead her into a career in catering. Shirley was a devoted mother and grandmother who lived life to the fullest. She traveled extensively throughout the world and always had another trip in the works. She was known for her generosity, warmth and hospitality opening her home to many relatives, friends and even strangers who needed a place to stay. The strangers soon became friends. Some of her favorite guests were members of the Ice Follies cast in the 40's. Her generosity and hospitality extended beyond her home. During WWII she became a regular volunteer at the USO in Mpls. Later she became involved in school activities for her children and grandchildren. One of her greatest joys was helping chaperon the Kennedy High School Choir on their concert tours. Of course the tours gave her an opportunity to travel and she loved the choir music. Shirley will be missed by many. Her spirit and goodwill will live on. The family would like to acknowledge special thanks to Hospice of the Lakes staff for helping the family care for Shirley the past 4 weeks. Visitation Sunday, 4-8 PM at Gill Brothers Funeral Chapel, 9947 Lyndale Ave S. Funeral Service Monday, 10:30 AM at The Lutheran Church of the Redemption, 927 E. Old Shakopee Rd. with visitation one hour prior at church. Interment Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials preferred to the Disabled American Veterans, 20 W. 12th St., St Paul, MN 55155. GILL BROTHERS 952.888.7771

Published on July 8, 2005

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