Helen Valentine Carlson died at Morristown Memorial Hospital on December 5, 2011.
She was born in Scotland and traveled to St Rupert’s Island, British Columbia at the age of two weeks. She lived there throughout her school years. In 1950 she graduated from Oregon State University majoring in Home Economics and went to New York to work for General Foods Corp as a food editor. She met her husband, Emery, in New York. They were married on September 9, 1951. Shortly thereafter they bought a house and moved to Chatham Twp where she lived the rest of her life. She switched from food to telecommunication, becoming editor of technical communications for AT&T, Bell Labs, and Lucent . She worked in this capacity for 26 years. Upon retirement she continued in community service and publicity for the Telephone Pioneer’s Asso. and at Bell Labs as a Contract Worker. She also went back to school at Drew University and received her Masters in Art history and literature in 1984. She volunteered for Pioneer’s Jewett Chapter at Bell Labs, serving as president and promoting community projects as well as becoming the environmental chairperson. She was an authority on birding. She was active in the Canal Society of NJ and the Frost Valley Walkers, a large active hiking group. She was an active member of Toastmasters and served as their president. Emery and Helen took many trips each year both domestically and abroad. She had a wry gentle humor. Previously deceased is her husband Emery J Carlson. Also surviving are nieces, nephews and cousins.