Music 20

Shirley Elizabeth Carlson

December 15, 1946 ~ August 19, 2021 (age 74)


Watch Service Live Here

Shirley E. Carlson, 74, passed away at Peace Hospice August 19, 2021. A Memorial Service for Shirley will take place in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home on Friday, September 17th at 2pm.

Shirley was born December 15, 1946, to Lee E. Woods and Velma G. Burns in Vancouver, WA. She was raised in Great Falls, MT where she graduated from Great Falls High School. Following graduation Shirley enrolled in cosmetology school. She met Oria “Terry” Carlson at a DeMolay dance and fell in love. They were married on August 12, 1966, beginning a relationship that would span for 55 years. Shirley took a job with Blue Cross and Blue Shield as a receptionist and worked her way up to supervisor, where she would retire in 2003 after 36 years. When she wasn’t working, Shirley enjoyed shopping and gardening, loved spending time with her family, and a was huge Elvis Presley fan.

Those who preceded her in death include her parents; sister, Marian Jackson; and brother, Lester Woods.

She leaves behind her husband, Terry Carlson; daughters, Terri Jo Carlson and Melissa A. Lahr; grandchildren, Kaelyn Hirth, Tiffany Lahr and Dustin Lahr; and seven great-grandchildren.

Condolences to the family may be shared at

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Shirley Elizabeth Carlson, please visit our floral store.


Memorial Service
September 17, 2021

2:00 PM
Croxford Funeral Home
1307 Central Ave
Great Falls, MT 59401

© 2022 Croxford Funeral Home. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS & TA | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy