Alma A. Carlson passed away on August 28, 2013 at Hubbard Care Center in Hubbard at the age of 79 years. Visitation was held 5-7 p.m. Friday August 30th at Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City. Funeral service were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the St. Petri Lutheran Church. Burial followed at the South Marion Cemetery, Stratford, Iowa.

Alma was born on March 3, 1934 in Garden City, Iowa to parents Albert and Mildred (Anderson) Stolee. She graduated from AIB and worked as a secretary receptionist for a professional property management company. Alma married Orville Carlson on February 17, 1956. She was a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church. She volunteered at "Affordables". She enjoyed her family and all their activities. She had a doll collection and spent many hours crocheting.

She is survived by Orville, her husband of 57 years; one son, Curt (Denise) Carlson of Story City, and two daughters, Michelle (Stewart) Dunham of Jewell, and Janelle (Joseph) Hoffman of Ruthven, Iowa; eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret (Orville) Nash of Kirkland, Washington and Helen (Carl) Johnson of Silverdale, Washington.

She is preceded in death by her parents, and son Rodney Carlson.

A memorial has been established in her name.

Soderstrum Funeral Home in Story City is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and photos may be shared at www.soderstrumadams.com.