Rayda Arleen Carlson, 91, died at her home in Orrick, Mo., where she had resided for the last four years. She was the widow of Carl Albert Carlson.

Mrs. Carlson was born Nov. 29, 1919, in Ellenberg, N.Y., to Wallace and Cora Brooks.

She worked as a psychiatric aide at Harlem Valley State Hospital for 28 years. After retiring from Harlem Valley, she worked as a home health aide in private homes and hospitals for many years.

Better known as Nana, she had many passions, including knitting, crocheting, baking and decorating cakes.

She loved the UConn women's basketball team and was known in the family as the team's number one fan.

Her happiest moments were spent with her family on special occasions eating good food and enjoying their company.

Mrs. Carlson is survived by two sons, Carl Carlson, of Orrick, and Terry Chatelle, of Coursegold, Calif.; two daughters, Barbara Carlson, of Orric, and Sandra Baldwick, of New Milford; a sister, Huretta Lewis, of New Haven; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of life will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. in Gaylordsville, followed by internment in North Center Cemetery, Sherman.