Doris Dean Carlson, 89, of McPherson, passed away at 11:28 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 while in the company of family members at McPherson Hospital.

Doris was born in McPherson Feb. 21, 1926, a daughter of Mary Ellen (Rodgers) and Herman Charles Tipton.

Doris attended Roosevelt and Washington grade schools, McPherson Junior High and graduated from McPherson High School in 1945.

Doris was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, McPherson.

Doris was a homemaker and took great pride in providing for her family in this manner. Through the years Doris worked as a clerk for Duckwalls and Woolsworth, and along with her husband Lee owned and operated Ace Plumbing and Heating.

Doris was a member of the McPherson Opera House, Amity Club, Elks Lodge #502 BPOE, International Decorative Art Association and several post card clubs. Doris was a well known Norwegian Rosemaling artist, loved bowling, and worked on many prize-winning Santa Fe country school floats for the May Day Celebration.

Doris Dean Tipton was united in marriage to J. Leland Carlson on August 12, 1945, at the Bethany Lutheran Church, Lindsborg. The young couple established their first and only home together on the Carlson Family homestead southwest of McPherson. Lee died on Oct. 31, 2008.

She is survived by her children: Cinda L. Christy and her husband Curtis, of Tucson, Arizona and Rick C. Carlson and his wife Susan, of Katy, Texas; her brother Ted Tipton and his wife Betty, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; her four grandchildren, Catherine Christy-Murray and her husband Brian, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Matthew Christy and his wife Jennifer, of Bryan, Texas, James Carlson and his wife Alexa, of Houston, and Rebecca Norman and her husband Hunter, of Katy, Texas; her four great-grandchildren, Penelope Christy, Benjamin Christy, Noah Norman, and Brenna Norman; other relatives and a host of friends.

Doris was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Leland "Lee" Carlson.

Friends are invited to call from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015 at Glidden - Ediger Chapel, McPherson.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the McPherson Cemetery, McPherson.

A memorial service will be held at New Gottland Lutheran Church, McPherson, at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, 2015 with Rev. Harry Grinstad officiating.

Memorials are suggested to the McPherson Opera House in memory of Doris and they can be sent in care of the Glidden - Ediger Funeral Home, 222 W. Euclid St., McPherson, Kansas 67460.