Joyce and Ernie Carlson

Joyce and Ernie Carlson celebrates 70 years of marriage

July 11, 2014
Santa Paula News

Joyce and Ernie Carlson celebrated 70 years of marriage on June 26 at their home on Say Road, the Carlson Family’s favorite spot for special occasions. The Carlsons have lived in Santa Paula for 64 of these 70 years, and feel blessed to have been surrounded by wonderful friends and family.

Joyce and Ernie were both attending Pepperdine College when they met and fell in love. They were married at the Evangelical Free Church in Los Angeles on June 26, 1944, with Ernie’s father, Rev. Carl Ernest Carlson officiating. 

While Ernie completed Medical School at USC they lived in a guest house on Joyce’s parents property in Downey. Their first child, David, was born, and the little family loved living next door to David’s Grandma and Grandpa Kersey. Later, they enjoyed their years living on the grounds of Ventura County Medical Center where Ernie served his 3 year Residency in Family Practice, and Joyce was busy with two small boys, David and Paul.  

Moving to Santa Paula in 1950 marked the beginning of Ernie’s  medical practice,  and Joyce’s active engagement in the community.  They soon made many lifelong friends who shared their values.  Three more children were born after they moved to Santa Paula: Susan, Mark and Carol. These early years were busy ones, working and raising five children, as well as being available to help in the community and the First Presbyterian Church. 

Working together through the years on many volunteer projects, such as the annual Santa Paula CROP WALK, the “Murals of Santa Paula”, as well as serving abroad as medical missionaries in Africa, has brought  them great satisfaction.

Ernie retired in 1988 and he and Joyce have filled their retirement years with traveling, volunteering with local and international organizations, enjoying their home, and faithfully continuing to nurture their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The Carlsons have 5 children, 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. 

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