In memory of
Marian Cobb Carlson
In memory of
Marian Cobb Carlson
Marian Cobb Carlson July 11, 1920 - Sept. 21, 2020 Marian Cobb Carlson, "Mumu," our beloved and venerated family matriarch, passed away peacefully beside her children at age 100, Sept. 21, 2020. Marian is one for the ages and leaves our family with an immense legacy. Beautiful and petite in stature, she was a person of towering personal qualities of intellect, integrity, grace, warmth, kindness, and complex spirituality. She was exceptional in conversation – eloquent, receptive, and a keen listener with lifelong curiosity and interest in others. Her family basked in her love and generosity and she had numerous lifelong friendships. She was born July 11, 1920 and spent most of her life in Portland. From the age of 4 to 14, she lived in Merlin, Ore., where her father managed a large pear orchard and ranch. Throughout her life, Marian could recall many detailed memories of childhood years on "the ranch," including the introduction of electricity and telephone services, and her first glimpse of an airplane. A searing memory was witnessing the tragic death of her littlest brother who was hit by a car as they walked home from school. After returning to Portland, Marian graduated from Washington High School, receiving the Activity Cup for outstanding student in 1938. She attended Mills College in 1939, but because of financial constraints spent the next two years working as a phone company operator to pay for her future college education. Marian graduated from Oregon State University in 1944 in business and secretarial science, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and was elected to Mortar Board and the business honorary Phi Ki Theta. After graduating, Marian started her first career as executive assistant for renowned editor of the Oregon Journal, Marshall Dana, which included the culmination of WWII. Mr. Dana was an important mentor and lasting influence on Marian's inquisitive nature and political leanings. During WWII, Marian's life was moved considerably by the war experiences of her beloved brothers Bud and Bill Cobb who courageously survived combat and built wonderful families of their own that form her large extended family. In 1946 Marian married her husband of 58 years, Dr. Leroy O. Carlson, a Portland pediatrician who himself had a distinguished life and passed away in 2004. The newlyweds moved to Walla Walla, Wash., where Dr. Carlson established a regional medical practice. The couple was active in community affairs while raising four children: Cathryn, Richard, Carolyn, and Ken. The family moved back to Portland in 1961, where Marian could be closer to her large extended family and Dr. Carlson could pursue his passion in medical education, ultimately as a professor at Oregon Health and Science University. Marian volunteered considerable time at Lincoln High School before entering graduate studies at Portland State University and receiving a M.S. in business education in 1970. Throughout the next decade, Marian taught business and accounting in Portland public schools, including at Washington, Cleveland, and Wilson High Schools. After her years as a teacher, Marian immersed herself in travel and her many interests. She traveled often to Europe, including accompanying Dr. Carlson on sabbaticals and visiting daughter Cathryn and family in England. Marian was a docent at the Portland Art Museum and a longtime supporter of the Portland Japanese Garden, the First Unitarian Church of Portland, and the philanthropic organization PEO. She was a master at gardening, and her gardens were always simply lovely. Marian was a voracious reader and book group enthusiast. She was a big fan of public broadcasting, followed politics closely, and never missed a vote. She adored chocolate and rarely refused an evening glass of chardonnay. Marian is survived by her children, Cathryn McNaughton (Bruce McNaughton) of Oxford, England, Richard Carlson of Portland, Carolyn Carlson (Edward Dee) of Olympia, Wash., and Ken Carlson (Andrea Carlson) of Portland; grandchildren, Andrew McNaughton of Edinburgh, Scotland, Emily Pinching (David Pinching) of Oxford, England, Annie Carlson (Nate Fick) of Portland, Laura Carlson of Portland, Beth Carlson of Olympia, Sarah DeCamello of Olympia, and Nick Dee of Seattle; and six great-grandchildren; as well as many beloved relatives and friends. A celebration with family and friends of Marian's life will be held at a future date to be determined. Remembrance donations in her name may be made to the Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Public Broadcasting, or any charity of your choice. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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In memory of
Marian Cobb Carlson
Marian Cobb Carlson July 11, 1920 - Sept. 21, 2020 Marian Cobb Carlson, "Mumu," our beloved and venerated family matriarch, passed away peacefully beside her children at age 100, Sept. 21, 2020. Marian is one for the ages and leaves our family with an immense legacy. Beautiful and petite in stature, she was a person of towering personal qualities of intellect, integrity, grace, warmth, kindness, and complex spirituality. She was exceptional in conversation – eloquent, receptive, and a keen listener with lifelong curiosity and interest in others. Her family basked in her love and generosity and she had numerous lifelong friendships. She was born July 11, 1920 and spent most of her life in Portland. From the age of 4 to 14, she lived in Merlin, Ore., where her father managed a large pear orchard and ranch. Throughout her life, Marian could recall many detailed memories of childhood years on "the ranch," including the introduction of electricity and telephone services, and her first glimpse of an airplane. A searing memory was witnessing the tragic death of her littlest brother who was hit by a car as they walked home from school. After returning to Portland, Marian graduated from Washington High School, receiving the Activity Cup for outstanding student in 1938. She attended Mills College in 1939, but because of financial constraints spent the next two years working as a phone company operator to pay for her future college education. Marian graduated from Oregon State University in 1944 in business and secretarial science, where she was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and was elected to Mortar Board and the business honorary Phi Ki Theta. After graduating, Marian started her first career as executive assistant for renowned editor of the Oregon Journal, Marshall Dana, which included the culmination of WWII. Mr. Dana was an important mentor and lasting influence on Marian's inquisitive nature and political leanings. During WWII, Marian's life was moved considerably by the war experiences of her beloved brothers Bud and Bill Cobb who courageously survived combat and built wonderful families of their own that form her large extended family. In 1946 Marian married her husband of 58 years, Dr. Leroy O. Carlson, a Portland pediatrician who himself had a distinguished life and passed away in 2004. The newlyweds moved to Walla Walla, Wash., where Dr. Carlson established a regional medical practice. The couple was active in community affairs while raising four children: Cathryn, Richard, Carolyn, and Ken. The family moved back to Portland in 1961, where Marian could be closer to her large extended family and Dr. Carlson could pursue his passion in medical education, ultimately as a professor at Oregon Health and Science University. Marian volunteered considerable time at Lincoln High School before entering graduate studies at Portland State University and receiving a M.S. in business education in 1970. Throughout the next decade, Marian taught business and accounting in Portland public schools, including at Washington, Cleveland, and Wilson High Schools. After her years as a teacher, Marian immersed herself in travel and her many interests. She traveled often to Europe, including accompanying Dr. Carlson on sabbaticals and visiting daughter Cathryn and family in England. Marian was a docent at the Portland Art Museum and a longtime supporter of the Portland Japanese Garden, the First Unitarian Church of Portland, and the philanthropic organization PEO. She was a master at gardening, and her gardens were always simply lovely. Marian was a voracious reader and book group enthusiast. She was a big fan of public broadcasting, followed politics closely, and never missed a vote. She adored chocolate and rarely refused an evening glass of chardonnay. Marian is survived by her children, Cathryn McNaughton (Bruce McNaughton) of Oxford, England, Richard Carlson of Portland, Carolyn Carlson (Edward Dee) of Olympia, Wash., and Ken Carlson (Andrea Carlson) of Portland; grandchildren, Andrew McNaughton of Edinburgh, Scotland, Emily Pinching (David Pinching) of Oxford, England, Annie Carlson (Nate Fick) of Portland, Laura Carlson of Portland, Beth Carlson of Olympia, Sarah DeCamello of Olympia, and Nick Dee of Seattle; and six great-grandchildren; as well as many beloved relatives and friends. A celebration with family and friends of Marian's life will be held at a future date to be determined. Remembrance donations in her name may be made to the Portland Japanese Garden, Oregon Public Broadcasting, or any charity of your choice. Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
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