A Remembrance of Dorothy Carlsen
by Vicky Partin, Retired CVEM Lay Missioner
Some people come and go. Some people stay awhile and linger in our hearts, and we are never, ever the same.This vintage saying certainly holds true for Dorothy Carlsen, a lady I remember often when I consider pleasantness, collaboration, dedication and faith in God.When Dorothy walked into St. Mary Magdalene, St. Thomas, TAP at the Rankin, my home or hers, she brought an aurora of peacefulness and safety.
Her foremost calling must have been her priest and teacher partner, Harry.She embraced his ministry and steadfastly followed him on Sundays and Wednesdays and all places in between as a soul mate.Her pastoring skills did not go unnoticed by those gathered.
CVEM was indeed fortunate to have Dorothy as a direct service volunteer as she knew how to listen and help people in need recognize their own resources.And she would admit when she didn’t know answers.Dorothy collaborated with ease.
My fondest memory of Dorothy will always be her sitting at her loom at TAP, while fifteen or more students gathered up close to watch her weave ribbons, yarn, strings, or colorful strips of cloth.She patiently helped every child learn and take a turn with this ancient art.Dorothy was a master weaver and a soulful one at that!
As I celebrate the life and spirit of Dorothy, I am reminded of how fragile life is and how important her life was then and now.May she rest in peace.
Click here for Dorothy's obituary in the Ledger-Enquirer