Althea Elwell Carlson

March 6, 1938 - October 26, 2017
Althea Elwell Carlson


Yes, she did!

Althea was born March 6, 1938 in NYC.

To Winifred Ina MacKenzie Elwell and

Edward West Elwell, Scottish & English

Attended Greenwich Country Day School

99% class of 1955 at Greenwich High School

BA in Math & Statistics, 1959, UConn

Was Kappa Kappa Gamma with cousin, Ann

Married Bruce Courtland Carlson, 1959

Honeymooned on the St. Lawrence River

Wife of US Army Helicopter Pilot Ft Bragg

Bore and  raised 3 beautiful & healthy children

Allyn, William Curtis and Stephen Bruce

Built a home and community in Hampstead

Founded Spot Festival & Volunteer Fire Department

Taught Sunday School at St. Andrews on the Sound

Moved to Banner Elk, built Country House Village

Spawned many businesses, and a few restaurants

Country Gourmet, Country House Furniture, Heidi’s

The Tack Room, Iron Mountain Outlet Stores

Designed interiors and furnished homes in

Sugar Mountain, Hound Ears, Invershiel

Seven Devils, Charlotte & Wrightsville Beach

Attended Saint Mary of the Hills, Blowing Rock

Sold Country House Village and Hound Ears home

Attended Immersion Culinary School in France

Moved to Wrightsville Beach, got real estate license

Did LLC condo conversion of Waterway Lodge

Secured rights to World Trade Center and land option

Crashed when Chamber of Commerce stole WTC

Moved to NYC, wrote books and screenplays

“Real Women Can Make Real Money”

“Ted Turner, Riding a White Horse”

“Locheil, King Across the Water”

Rejoined her sons in Wilmington

Restored after church reception at St. Andrews

Celebrated with her brother Michael and Dottie

As their children Bryan, Cindy, Mark and David wed

Adopted  her children’s spouses, Ray, Anita, Heidi

Joined warm loving parish at First Christian Church

Loved watching her beautiful grandchildren grow

Ashley, Hunter, Holden, Walker, Erica, Jessica

Bravely battled cancer, positive until the end

She will live on forever in our hearts

Winifred Althea Elwell Carlson

3/6/1938 – 10/26/2017

A graveside service will be held Monday Oct 30

2:00 at St. Andrews by the Sound

Share memories and condolences with the family at wilmingtoncares.com

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S. 41st St., Wilmington, NC 28403


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  • October 28, 2017
    Sacramenta Landrum says:
    To the family and friends of Althea please accept my deepest condolences. There is going to be a resurrection back to life for the loved ones we have lost in death right here on the brand new Paradise Earth under Jesus Christ Kingdom rule that you pray to come in the Lord's Prayer no more sickness pain or death Life Without End Revelation 21:1-4 jw.org

  • October 30, 2017
    Michael Padrick says:
    I recall Althea being so gracious and bright through all our years with the WTO program. She remains as one of the brightest businesswomen I have known. Condolences to all ... I will always remember her.

  • November 01, 2017
    KIDSHASH says:
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