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Titonka Olive B. Carlton passed away Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Titonka. Funeral services were Monday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. at Good Hope Lutheran Church, Titonka, Officiating was Pastor James L. Berka and burial was in Clinton-Garfield Cemetery, Rolfe.

Survivors include her children, Ann Hatcher, Waite Park, Minnesota, and Jeff Carlton and wife, Kelly, Titonka; grandchildren, Dan Hatcher and Lee and Elizabeth Carlton; sisters, Mary Warren, Des Moines, and Betty Ann Blake, Indianola. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a sister, Pauline Blake Dahl and granddaughter, Jeri Ann Hatcher.

Bertha Olive Blake Carlton was the third daughter of H. B. and Bertha Keller Blake, born at Carlisle, in Warren County on May 14, 1921.

She received her elementary education in the rural schools of Warren County. She graduated from Chariton High School in 1938, Chariton Jr. College in 1940, and Drake University in January of 1960. Olive also completed graduate classes at Concordia Teaching College in Seward, Nebraska.

Olive began her teaching career at Troy, Iowa. She also taught at Des Moines Township School and 27 years at West Bend Community School.

Olive married Lee T. Carlton on September 13, 1943, in Fort Dodge. Two children were born, Ann and Jeff. The couple lived in the Rolfe area and Bradgate and Rodman. Following Lee's death in 1983, Olive remained on the farm until 1996, when she moved into Titonka.

Olive was an active member of the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka, where she belonged to various groups and organizations. She was a lifetime member of the NEA. Olive was an active member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She enjoyed gardening, quilting, writing and researching family history. She also enjoyed visiting with family and friends and playing cards. .

Olive became a resident of the Titonka Care Center in June of 2001, where she died June 14, 2001.