Cover photo for Melrene "Mel" Carlson's Obituary

Melrene "Mel" Carlson

September 7, 1959 — May 22, 2020

Melrene "Mel" Carlson

Funeral Service for Melrene Kay Carlson, 60, of Dickinson, will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 29, 2020 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson with Pastor Scott Skones officiating. Visitation for Melrene will be from 11:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., Friday, May 29 at Stevenson Funeral Home in Dickinson.

Melrene (Mel) K. Carlson, 60, of Dickinson, ND passed away May 22, 2020 in Bismarck, ND with her family by her side.

Melrene was born in Hettinger, ND on September 7, 1959 at Hettinger Hospital to her parents Leland and Kay Carlson. Melrene had fond memories of growing up on the family ranch in Ralph, SD. She loved riding horseback on the farm and had a passion for baking. She was an active member in 4-H and won many awards in showing cattle and baking in local 4-H events including the state fair. She attended and graduated from Reeder High School in 1977. After high school she worked at the Hettinger Hospital as a CNA. Melrene was married in 1978 to Monte Besler and had 5 children. She later re-married to Greg Soiseth in 1994 and had 2 children. Melrene worked at County Line Truck Stop in Dickinson where she was admired and loved by her co-workers and regular customers that knew her very well. She is best known for her loud infectious laugh and huge smile and the occasional snort. She was known as a social butterfly and loved spending time with friends and family. She enjoyed going to rodeos, music concerts, and loved going to the casino. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family.

Melrene is survived by her mother, Kay Carlson (Dickinson, ND); sister Leann Carlson (Dickinson, ND); brother, Casey (Annette) Carlson (Dickinson, ND); children Marshall (Tamara) Besler (Belfield, ND), Nathan (Allison) Besler (Farmington, MN), Sterling Besler (Dickinson, ND), Amber Besler (Bismarck, ND), Levi Soiseth (Dickinson, ND) and Lane Soiseth (Dickinson, ND). She is also survived by 7 grandchildren.

Melrene was preceded in death by her father, Leland Carlson; and son Dustin Besler.
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