Violet June Carlson

February 7, 1929October 21, 2018

Violet June (Benson) Carlson, 89, of Greeley passed away October 21, 2018 at North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. Violet was born February 7, 1929, in Greeley, CO, to Aaron V and Esther Linnea (Rapp) Benson.

Clarence and Violet were married October 25, 1953 at First Lutheran Church in Longmont, CO. This week they celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, calling it close enough! They first met at a Swedish dance in Eaton, CO as Violet was selling tickets. Clarence asked Violet to dance the Hambo and have been dancing together hand-in-hand ever since. Violet graduated from Eaton High School (1947), and CU School of Nursing (1951) with an RN, BSN.

For over 20 years, Violet served Weld County in the Health Department as a public health nurse where she helped run mass immunization programs and addressed other community health needs. Her specialty was maternity and child healthcare. She traveled to several schools and homes, where her patients and their families considered her their personal visiting angel. Violet was a loving wife, daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend, and so much more. Her strong voice, persevering strength, servant leadership were inspiring to us all. Violet was one of the most thoughtful and involved member of our family and community, always giving generously of herself and so much more. She always put others first and was so welcoming and made everyone feel at home in every environment with her big, beautiful smile and never-ending hospitality.

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Sewing Club at Immanuel, Member and Officer of the Northern Colorado Swedish Heritage Society, Farmerette Club, Country Circle, and Pinochle Club of Brighton, and a 4-H leader. Violet was an avid painter, seamstress, card player, gardener, value shopper, and cook. She enjoyed reading about and trying out new recipes as well as traveling. Violet honored and cherished her Swedish heritage and loved passing on this love to her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Many wonderful memories were made while attending Hyllningsfest in Lindsborg, Kansas, and events at the Swedish Heritage Club in Greeley. Violet followed all the Colorado athletic professional teams, especially the Rockies. She could even tell us about the opposing team’s pitchers. Violet also enjoyed dancing, especially at family weddings where she and Clarence were often the last ones on the dance floor. She was also her children and grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader, and she and Clarence were constants in the stands of her grandchildren’s athletic and extracurricular events. Family was always priority, and she often said, “Home is best.”

Violet is survived by her husband, Clarence Carlson, of LaSalle; sister, Shirley Uhrich; sister-in-law, Elaine Luther; four daughters and sons-in-law: Linda and Stan Gingerich, Cheryl and Bret Clausen, Marcia and Randy Carlson, and Janet and Mike Crespin; ten grandchildren: Katie (Clausen) and husband Matt Denman, Eric Clausen, Emily (Clausen) and husband Brandon Clum, Michael Crespin, Linnea Gingerich, Matthew Crespin and wife Ashley, Brooks Carlson, Kendell Carlson, Micayla Crespin, and Blake Carlson; four great-grandchildren: Austin Denman, Taylor Denman, Christopher Crespin, and Eveline Violet Clum.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Aaron V and Esther (Rapp) Benson; siblings Agnes Hawley (Charles), Carl Benson (Phyllis), Ken Benson (Clarice), Ed Benson, Sonja Benson; and nephews Kurt Benson, Lee Benson and Jeff Uhrich; and niece Kathy Uhrich.

A visitation will be held from 5-7:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Private burial.

The family wants to thank all the caregivers we have had over the years especially the Heart Care Clinic, First Light, the staff at North Colorado Medical Center and the staff at Greeley Medical Clinic. Memorial contributions may be made in Violet’s honor to Immanuel Lutheran Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service, Macy Chapel, 702 13th Street, Greeley, Colorado, 80631. Condolences may be sent to the family at


  • Visitation Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, October 26, 2018

Violet June Carlson

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cheryl clausen

October 31, 2018

Mom made so many good memories with friends and family over the years. We have cried and laughed this week. But the service was a tribute to who she was and meant to all. Thanks to all that helped us display her love. We will carry Mom's spirit in our hearts until we meet again!

Debbie Drew

October 31, 2018

I worked with Vi in Public Health. I was a new public health nurse and Vi showed me the ropes, always willing to help newbies and students. Her love of nursing and dedication to the poor and needy were admired. I later became a director when Vi retired and was so honored to host her retirement dinner. Later we shared bleacher seats with Vi and Clarence at Vally schools watching my kids and Vi’s grandchildren. She touched my life as a nurse and as a beautiful human being. Rest well Vi, Debbie Drew

Judith Pearson

October 28, 2018

To the Carlson family, especially the four Carlson girls, Linda, Cheryl, Marcia and Janet that I had the pleasure of having as students at North Valley Middle School in La Salle. Just read of your mother's passing and wish I could have attended her services. She was the head nurse at the Weld County Health department when I was a first time mother in the early 70's. I was able to obtain health services, shots, and also so much valuable information that a first time mom needs. She was almost like a mother-in-law, She always had a smile and gave a reassuring hug each time I brought my daughter in. She was such a special person in our lives and feel so blessed that we crossed paths in our lives. Hope you are all well and I do remember our time in math classes at North Valley. With warmest regards, Judy Pearson

Debbie Clum

October 27, 2018

So sorry to hear about the passing of Violet she was such amazing person. She had a way of always making you feel welcome like she did for me whenever I saw her. I thank God that my son met Emily and married into such a wonderful family Violet will surely be missed and my heart goes out to you all. All my love Debbie and Ron

Carl Alm

October 27, 2018

Sorry to hear of Violets passing. People like her are the backbone of our community and our country. It is never easy to lose a parent, no matter how full their life has been. Thoughts and prayers. Carl

Blake Carlson

October 26, 2018

Family gatherings are always made better with grandma always sitting contently and just happy to be around family. I’ll miss her presence in the room, but she’ll probably be watching from above having a margarita.