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Grace Carlson
Grace Carlson
Grace Carlson on her 108th birthday in 2015
Birth: 9 May 1908
Meeteetse, Wyoming, USA
Death: 21 July 2017
Meeteetse, Wyoming, USA
Age: 109 years, 73 days
Country: United StatesUSA
Centenarian

Gracie "Grace" Anne Carlson (née Steele; 9 May 1908 – 21 July 2017) was an American centenarian who is currently the oldest known person ever who died in Wyoming.

Biography

Grace Steele was born in Meeteetse, Wyoming, USA on 9 May 1908. Her parents were William O. Steele, a Scottish immigrant and Gracie (née Price) Steele.

She spent her younger years in Meeteetse, completing the fourth grade in school. In late August of 1918 her mother took her and her sister, Mary, to Missoula, Montana and enrolled them in Sacred Heart Academy, a girls boarding school, for the school terms with vacations at home. Gracie’s seventh grade teacher thought the name "Grace" was more mature than "Gracie", so from that time she became "Grace".

In the summer of 1922, her father sold their Meeteetse house and adjoining properties and the family moved to the Steele Ranch on Gooseberry Creek in Washakie County. She graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in 1926, and from Holy Name Normal School in Spokane, Washington in 1928. After to the death of her mother on 25 September 1928, she stayed at the ranch with her father.

She married Edgar Carlson in Thermopolis, Wyoming, USA on 13 January 1930. The couple had two children: Gracie Ann (31 May 1933 – 25 November 2002) and Helen (born 2 February 1937). When Helen was old enough to start school Grace rented a house in Worland so the girls could attend school there. After the girls graduated from Worland High School and were on their own, Grace moved to the K. C. Ranch on Gooseberry Creek where Edgar was employed. In 1959, the Carlsons had a log house built on property they owned 3 ½ miles southwest of Meeteetse. This has been home to Grace for 57+ years. Edgar died in 2001, after 71 years of marriage.

Grace Carlson died in Meeteetse, Wyoming, USA on 21 July 2017 at the age of 109 years, 73 days. She is survived by her daughter Helen, four grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, nine nephews and their extended families.

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