She was born March 13, 1917 in Harmony, Minn. to Jacob and Carrie Strand. Marion was a graduate of St. Cloud State Teachers College and taught primary school in Bejou, Eyota, Lake City, and Rochester, Minn., then Whitefish Bay, Wis., Winona State Teachers College Model School, Brooklyn Center and St. Francis, Minn. She was the organist at West Bethel UMC and St. Francis UMC. Marion enjoyed being a piano teacher during her retirement years. Faith, family, music and education were the most special things in her life.
She is survived by sons Jacoby (Bev Kelley), Oak Grove, Diek, Superior, Wis., Achim (Wendy), Brooklyn Park; daughters Chris (Bruce) Beaubien, Oakdale, Renee Anderson, Brooklyn Park, Heidi (Marc Blackburn) Severson, Duluth; sisters Helen Strand, Oak Grove and Elizabeth (Dale) Reishus, East Palatka, Fla. 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marion was preceded in death by husband Arthur Carlson, her parents, brother Arthur Strand and sister Bessie Blatchly.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at West Bethel United Methodist Church with Rev. James McChesney officiating. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at the church. Interment is in Oak Leaf Cemetery in East Bethel.