Carlson, Ernestine Frances, a longtime South Bay resident, passed away on Monday, December 25, 2006 in Torrance. Born in Hialeah, Florida, Ernestine was 80 years old when she died. Redondo Beach is where Ernestine and Gordon choose to raise their large family. She was a stay-at-home mom and was very involved with her children. Her love, support, guidance and strength resulted in a close knit, loving family who will cherish her memory. Ernestine loved to travel extensively and especially loved to cruise. She was always up for an adventure and was a wonderful travel companion. She had visited 5 continents and dozens of countries and enjoyed over 100 cruises in her years of travel. Ernestine is survived by four daughters, Judy MacMillan, Susan Carlson, Carolyn Finkenbeiner and Janet Beck; two sons, Richard Carlson and Robert Carlson; eleven beautiful grandchildren, Christopher and Daniel MacMillan, Danny and JoJo Beck, Megan, Lauren, Mark and Camryn Finkenbeiner, Kristen, Rachel and Ricky Carlson; nieces Lynn Gonzales and Louise Gonzales; a sister Jeanne Lord. Ernestine was preceded in death by her loving husband Gordon Carlson, her oldest son Dennis Carlson and her sister Louise Gonzales. A beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and loving aunt and friend. She will be so dearly missed by her family and friends. A memorial service will be held in her honor at Rice Mortuary Chapel in Torrance on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 1:00 P.M. A private burial will follow at Arlington National Cemetery in Riverside where she will join her husband.

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  1. Judy, and Family I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your loving mother. I remember always wanting to visit you at your home to play, of course, but I also loved being around your mother. I’m sorry that we lost touch all these years… Your tribute to your mother was one of the lovliest I’ve ever seen. Sincerely, Cathy

  2. I remember “Ernies” infectious laugh and twinkling eyes. Her positive views made it a pleasure to be in her company. Rest in peace, lovely lady.

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