Jamie Jo Carlson, age 59, of Wasilla, Alaska, passed away peacefully on April 13, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. Her loving and devoted husband, Brad, and her daughter, Mandi Jo, were by her side.
Jamie Jo was born on June 2, 1960, in Fargo, North Dakota, to Shirley and James Severson. She grew up on the family farm and went to elementary and high school in Kindred. After graduation, Jamie moved to Fargo, North Dakota, where she developed her love of flower arranging, gardening, and decorating while working for many years for Shotwell Floral. She learned she had a fabulous sense of color and appreciation for the beauty of nature.
She followed her soulmate, Brad Carlson, to Anchorage, Alaska, in December 1982. They married in December 1983 and their adventure together began! She and Brad welcomed daughter Mandi Jo into their family in 1986. Jamie loved Alaska, not so much the cold and dark parts, but the beauty of the mountains, lakes, and rivers. The life they enjoyed together included some pretty sophisticated camping (she may have been the first “glamper”!) in Alaska’s wilderness. She loved tootling around the lakes and ocean glacier hopping. She and Brad especially enjoyed good food and great friends evidenced by 27 years in their Halibut Dinner Club.
Jamie attended Charter College in Anchorage and graduated with a degree in accounting, which helped her begin her 24-year career with Providence Alaska. She had so many roles at Providence that her husband could not keep track of them all! Her final role was senior financial Information Technology (IT) analyst when she retired in October 2019. Jamie, not only believed in the mission and core set of values of Providence, she lived them every day. She will be sorely missed by all her coworker friends and clients.
Jamie loved traveling. Some of her favorite places were St. John US Virgin Islands and Kauai, Hawaii. Vacations there were just that – relaxing, relaxing, relaxing! Watching ocean waves, breaching whales, geckos, sea turtles, dolphins, and all the different birds Hawaii had to offer, even the wild chickens! There were no agendas for Jamie and Brad when on vacation, just sitting by the pool, reading mystery novels, visiting with friends and family, and feeling the warm sun on their faces.
Jamie was Brad’s best friend and soulmate for 38 years. They thrived in their life together by loving and respecting each other and always communicating. Their friends and family wondered what they could possibly talk about so much every day. The answer was everything and anything. They were apart a lot during Brad’s travels for work but they still managed to talk every day without fail. Jamie and Brad moved to Wasilla in 2019 and together created their dream home. Jamie had the vision and Brad was the guy to make all her visions become reality. The motto “Together We Are Home” is not just part of their home décor but how Jamie lived her life. Jamie adored Mandi Jo and Mandi’s daughter Ann, who could make a bad day disappear with one smile and a “Hi”.
Jamie is survived by Brad Carlson, her husband and soulmate; her daughter, Mandi Jo (Brian) Moore; her granddaughter, “Miss” Ann Smith, and her sister, Brenda (Paul) Benedict. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather (Alfie).
Brad & Mandi are planning a virtual celebration of life November 14, 9AM Alaska time
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