Rosetta Lee Carlson

1926 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Rosetta Lee Carlson

April 16, 1926 – June 4, 2013

Lee Carlson, born Rosa Lauretta Warner (She legally changed

her name to Rosetta Lee at age 18), resident of Regency at The Park

for four years, died peacefully in her sleep on June 4, 2013, at the

age of 87.

Lee was born in The Dalles, Oregon, to William Rufus Warner

and Cleome Emma Allen Warner. She attended grade school

in a one-room schoolhouse in Paterson, Washington, where at

times there were as few as five children enrolled. It was difficult to

find many activities at school because of its small size. Later, she

attended high school in Prosser, where her favorite subject was

Home Economics. She was well-served by this interest throughout

her life and career. During her high school years, she lived with

a family other than her own because there was no high school in


As a child, Lee worked at a “Mom & Pop” hamburger stand for

several years. During her lifetime, her jobs included restaurant

cook/waitress, janitor at a school, school bus driver, school cafeteria

cook, clerk at a dry cleaners, remodeling houses, fruit picker,

nurses aide at the hospital and in a nursing home, automobile ferry

operator, owner of a catering service, and mail carrier at the Pasco

Post Office. But most importantly, she was a fantastic mom.

During World War II, she worked doing general cooking and

cleaning. After retirement, she worked at the Food Bank for over

twenty years. She remained active in Patit Valley Grange #1039.

She was a leader for the Junior Patit Valley Grange, Fraternal Order

of Eagles Women’s Auxiliary in Dayton, member of Schuyler

Rebekah Lodge #18, and a TOPS member for over sixty years.

Lee married John P. Magness in 1944. Two children, John

William and Kathleen Elizabeth, were born of this marriage. They

later divorced. John passed away in 1953.

She married John William “Jack” Dunne in 1950. Four children,

Colleen Rhetta, John William (Jackie), and Rosemary (Cyndy)

were born to them. John died in 1963.

She married August Arthur “Slim” Carlson, who worked for the

Union Pacific Railroad, in 1973. Slim had three children, MaryAnn

(Bob), Laura and Steve, they were together for thirty years until

Slim passed away in 1997.

Lee is survived by three daughters: Colleen Graham of College

Place, Washington; Kathleen Smith and Rosemary “Cyndy”

(Louis) Jimerson all of Pasco, Washington; two sons: John W.

(Sandy) Warner of Hermiston, Oregon and Jack W. Dunne of

Spokane, Washington; three stepchildren: MaryAnn (Bob) Pease

of Kirkland, Washington; Laura Jean Kalbfleisch of Hayden Lake,

Idaho and Steve Carlson of Dayton, Washington. She was preceded

in death by her parents, her three husbands, one daughter, Cleome

Margaret Kutch (Rhetta) of Spokane, Washington.

The memorial service will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday,

June 22, 2013, at Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt,

1551 Dalles Military Road, Walla Walla, Washington.

Darius Morris of the Church of Christ will officiate. A

reception will follow the memorial service. Memorial

contributions may be made to QualiCenters Kidney

Dialysis Center of Walla Walla through the funeral

home. Friends may write memories and

sign the online guestbook at www.


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