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. mountainview-colonialdewitt.com