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Nancy Carlson


Last updated 8/17/2020 at 2:23pm

Nancy Carlson, 90, of Brevard, died peacefully at home Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, surrounded by her family.

Survivors included the love of her life, her husband of 71 years, Charles Carlson; four daughters, Teresa Sergeant and husband, Mike, Kathleen Carlson, Elizabeth Carlson and Laura Turnage and husband, Ed; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, whom she dearly loved.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard.

She taught many years at Brevard Middle School and was the faculty sponsor for the young authors club. This authors club produced “Penpoint,” a collection of short stories and poems by middle school students. She also attended most student sports events and dances. She believed that all children had the right to grow up to be useful, happy citizens, and her job was to help them accomplish it.

She was a dedicated volunteer all her life. In Arkansas, she formed a Red Cross chapter and was disaster chairperson. She spoke to schools and civic groups about disaster preparedness. She trained three teams to cover disasters, and her team received both state and national awards for their help after tornadoes hit Arkansas.

She was on the Orangeburg, S.C., committee to calm things down after the riots there.

She taught Red Cross swimming and first aid in many states she lived in. She also taught Sunday school in a number of towns, including Brevard. She was active in her church and helped start the library at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

She traveled to many countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. She wasn’t always fond of their governments, but loved the people she met in each country and made a lot of friends for the United States.

When she retired, she lasted 24 hours, and then volunteered at Mission Hospital, where her daughter, Beth, is a clinical nurse specialist.

She also volunteered at the Asheville Police Department in Victim’s Services.

She continued at both places for over 17 years. The Western NC Crime Coalition honored her, as did the President’s Committee on Volunteerism. APD named her their volunteer of the year. In Brevard she volunteered at the Transylvania Hospital and the library.

Her parents told her that each of us should help others. That is why we were born.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family.


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