Joanne Carson
October 11, 1933 - March 13, 2020

​Due to current health concerns, a celebration of life service for Joanne Carson, 86, formerly of Langford, SD, will be held at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Langford, SD, at a future date when public gatherings are permitted.
Joanne Carson died March 13, 2020, at her home in Yankton, SD, under the care of hospice, after bravely fighting pulmonary fibrosis for 12 years.
Joanne Carson was born Oct. 11, 1933, at the family farm in rural Langford, SD, to Clarence, Sr. and Hilda (Skoien) Erickson.
She was the youngest of five children.
Joanne was baptized, confirmed and married at Langford Lutheran Church of Langford, SD.
She graduated from Langford High School of Langford, SD, in 1951.
While in high school, Joanne loved working at Hattie’s Dress Shop. After graduation, she was a nanny for her niece and nephew and also worked at Harlow’s Grocery Store in Langford, SD. She was then employed in banks in both Minneapolis, MN, and Aberdeen, SD, working as a bookkeeper and a teller.
She married Raymond Carson on June 26, 1954. They lived in Langford, SD, for almost all 65 years-plus of their marriage.
After becoming ill this past June, she and Ray moved to their home in Yankton, SD, to be closer to their children.
Joanne was a lifelong member of Langford Evangelical Lutheran Church; had been a Sunday school and Bible school teacher, choir member and a member of WELCA. She was involved in the Bandmothers, Boosterettes, Langford Investment Club and a Cub Scout Leader.
Her love for horses began as a young girl and continued throughout her life. Joanne and Raymond attended the area dances, with a waltz being their favorite dance style. She attended every activity and sporting event
their children were involved in, except when hospitalized. Most summer weekends were spent at their family cabin on Roy Lake where memories were made – swimming, skiing, fishing, having campfires, playing cards
and outdoor games with family, extended family and neighbors.
Joanne was a good cook, spending much time cooking at home and sharing with others. She and a few of her friends may have made scalloped potatoes and ham for your family. She loved her flower garden and potted plants in the summertime and she delighted in watching the hummingbirds and butterflies.
The past 24 years, Ray and Jo spent their winters in Pharr, Texas, where they developed another circle of friends, their Texas family. She spent much time outside and at the pool, was involved in their park activities and helped with the park’s mission projects. While there, Joanne learned the art of Hardanger, a Norwegian form of embroidery that had always intrigued her.
Grateful for having shared her life are her husband, Raymond of 65 years, of Yankton, SD; four children, Brad Carson and wife, Jean of Chamberlain, SD, Stuart Carson and wife, Marcy of Yankton, SD, Mary Jo Renner and husband, Roger of Yankton, SD, and Jay Glenn Carson and wife, Cinthy of Laramie, WY; seven grandchildren, Donovan Carson, Davis Carson, Chelsea Whitaker and husband, Wes, Desirae Farrell and husband, Corey, Alex Renner, Katie Renner and Matt Blount and Jacob Carson; six great grandchildren, one sister-in-law, Lois Carson and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Erika Carson; three nephews, Wayne Erickson, Bryan Erickson and Ronald Olson; two brothers, Harlow Erickson and wife, Lois and Clarence Erickson, Jr. and wife, Margaret; two sisters, Gloriane Yost and husband, Gale and Mildred Olson and husband, Maurice; her in-laws, Richard Carson, Clarence Carson and Iva Aeilts and husband, Sam and her parents, Clarence, Sr. and Hilda Erickson.
Price Funeral Chapel of Britton, SD, was in charge of arrangements.
An on-line guestbook and obituary are available at
Condolences to the family may be directed to Ray Carson, 2831 Lyons Lane, Yankton, SD 57078.

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