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Mary Jane (Gibson) Carlson, 90, of Greentop, Missouri, passed away on Monday, August 30, 2021, at the Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Illinois.

The daughter of James Arnold and Mertie Mae (Butcher) Gibson, she was born on July 9, 1931, in Galt, Missouri.

On September 16, 1951, in Princeton, Missouri, she was united in marriage to Warren Edward Carlson and to this union five children were born, Terry, Pat, David, Judy and Randall.

Mary Jane is survived by four children, Pat Reading and husband, Rick of Paris, Missouri, David Carlson and wife, Tammie of Sherman, Texas, Judy Owen and husband, Tim of Greentop, Missouri and Randall Carlson and wife, Kelley of Greentop, Missouri; 27 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; other family members and many good neighbors and friends.

Mary Jane is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Warren Edward on June 8, 2005; one son, Terry Carlson; two brothers, Robert Gibson and Oral Gibson and one sister, Maxine Collins.

Mary Jane was a strong believer in her Lord. She took every opportunity to witness to those she came in contact with. She loved hard and unconditionally and was a positive influence and a bright light to all she encountered.

In 1981, they sold the farm at Farber, Missouri and moved the family to a farm in the Willmathsville, Missouri vicinity. Mary and Warren were strong believers in education, supporting and encouraging all of their children through college. She certainly enjoyed the time she was able to spend with her family and all of the grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 4, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri with Andrew Johnson, Pastor of the Trinity Lutheran Church in Manilla, Iowa officiating. Special musical selections of “Blessed Assurance”, “In The Garden” and “To God Be The Glory” will be performed.

Pallbearers will be Jacob Owen, Joshua Owen, Ryan Reading, Matthew Carlson, Jared Carlson, Michael Carlson and Isaac Dorado. Honorary pallbearers will be Israel Carlson, K. C. Carlson, Jordan Carlson and Forrest Sanders.

Visitation was held on Friday, September 3, 2021, between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at the Norman Funeral Home in Lancaster, Missouri.

Burial will be in the Willmathsville Cemetery in Willmathsville, Missouri. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by logging on to Arrangements are under the direction of the Norman Funeral Home of Lancaster, Missouri.