Barbara L Claflin Carlson, 99
She was predeceased by her husband of 32 years, Robert O. Carlson. She was married to her first husband, Walter H. Claflin for 27 years prior to his death in 1960.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Jean L. Goodney of Twin Mountain, NH; two step-daughters, Ann Michelle of New York, NY, Virginia Dare of Block Island, RI; a step-son David Carlson of Dundee, FL; five step-grandchildren, several step-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Her sister, Dorothy Hickson Tomlinson of Madeira Beach, FL and her twin-brother Asa W. Granger predeceased her.
Mrs. Carlson was born in Shrewsbury and lived there 53 years before moving to Boylston. She recently moved back to Shrewsbury and resided at Shrewsbury Crossings.
She was the daughter of the late Jennie L. (Bartlett) and Asa W. Granger. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Boylston. She graduated from the Major Howard W. Beal High School in Shrewsbury and attended classes at Clark University.
She was the breeder of five AKC champion Boxer dogs, finding homes for 33 offspring from three litters. Mrs. Carlson and her first husband owned and operated a variety store in Shrewsbury on Route 9 for 20 or more years.
During World War II, she founded a youth center in Shrewsbury for young people to meet and socialize. Prior to working for Norton Company in Worcester, she was employed by the Massachusetts Protection Association. She had also worked for the F. W. Woolworth and W.T. Grant stores. She was a full-time bookkeeper for the late George H. Fenner, builder of boats and canoes on Lake Quinsigamond in Shrewsbury.
Mrs. Carlson enjoyed people and world-wide travelling, opera and classical music. She was an avid sports fan and loved watching the Red Sox and Celtics. She was a member of the Worcester Women’s Club, the Boylston and Shrewsbury Historical Societies, the Norton Caravan Club, and an active member of the Alethia Grotto women’s group.
She will be remembered for her love of people and her willingness to lend a hand to any effort where organization, energy, and thoroughness were required. Her optimism and enthusiasm for life will be reflected in the people she knew, helped and loved.
A graveside service honoring Barbara’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m., in the Mountain View Cemetery, Boylston Street (Route 140), Shrewsbury. Relatives and friends are invited.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
The Britton-Shrewsbury Funeral Home of Shrewsbury is assisting the family with the arrangements. Please visit www.brittonfuneralhomes.com to share a message of condolence with the family or for more information.
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