Lois Carlson, 81, of Marlborough

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Obit Lois CarlsonMarlborough – Lois Blanche (Fenton) Carlson, 81, of Marlborough, died following a long illness Tuesday, April 19, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, at UMass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester.

Lois was born in Waltham to Gladys (Mackenzie) Fenton and Edgar Fenton. She attended Waltham public schools and worked at the New England Mica Factory in her early years before becoming a full-time mother. She married Richard E. Carlson, also of Waltham, Nov. 11, 1956.

She is survived by her husband, Richard E. Carlson; children, Richard E. Carlson Jr.and fiancée Candi Cerqueira of Toms River, N.J., Lisa L. Turnblom and her husband Stephen Turnblom of Shrewsbury, Donald P. Carlson and his wife Anne Carlson of Marlborough, and Peter D. Carlson of Marlborough; her grandchildren, Andrew Carlson, John Carlson and his wife Gina Carlson, SJ Turnblom and his wife Nikki Turnblom, David Turnblom, Melissa Turnblom, Erik Carlson, and Kyle Carlson; and her great-grandchildren, Lucca Carlson and Anders Turnblom. She is further survived by her brother, Clifford Fenton and his wife Shirley Fenton of Hudson, and several nieces, nephews, and close friends. She was predeceased by her parents and brother, Kenneth Fenton and his wife Shirley Fenton of Waltham.

Lois was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church, and also one of the very first bell ringers for many years. She was a devoted wife, sister, mother, and grandmother to her family, which she cherished greatly. She spent many years as a shuttle service to her children and grandchildren, driving them back and forth to sporting and school events. She enjoyed vacations to Cape Cod, Maine, and New Hampshire. She was a devoted Washington Capitals fan along with supporting her local Boston sports teams. She was an avid crocheter and her afghans are treasured by her children and grandchildren.

Lois always looked out for others, often sacrificing herself for the benefit of others. She always spoke in a kind and positive manner to all she met or came in contact with and had a smile that lit up the room and warmed your heart. Even near the end of her life, she was more concerned for the well-being of her family over her own sickness.

Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 23, from 9-10:30 a.m., at the First Church in Marlborough, Congregational, 37 High St., Marlborough, followed by a funeral service at 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street, Marlborough.

Donations may be made in her name to the First Church in Marlborough, the American Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.org/Donate), or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital (http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/).