Rayda Arleen Carlson

Rayda Arleen Carlson, 91 of Orrick, died Tuesday evening March 29, 2011, at her home in Orrick.
Rayda was born Nov. 29, 1919 in Ellenburg, N.Y. to John and Cora Brooks. She lived in Orrick for the past four years. Rayda had worked as a psychiatric aide for over 28 years for the state of New York with Harlem Valley State Hospital, before retiring April 1, 1976. After her retirement, she worked for nursing homes and hospitals until 1995. She was a member of the Protestant faith.
She loved to crochet and knit. She also loved to bake and decorate cakes.
Rayda was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Carl Albert Carlson in 1967.
Survivors include: two sons, Carl Carlson of Orrick and Terry Chattelle of California; two daughters, Barbara Carlson of Orrick and Sandra Lee Baldwick of New Milford, Conn.; and a sister, Huertta Lewis of New Haven, Conn. She is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.
The family will greet friends Wednesday, April 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Gowing Funeral Home in Orrick. Memorial services will immediately follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Inurnment will be in the First Congregational Church Cemetery in Sherman, Conn.
Online condolences may be left at
Arrangements conducted by Gowing Funeral Home, Orrick. Phone: 816-770-3331.

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