Funeral services for Nina Vivian Jenkins Carson of Winona were at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, May 26, in the Oliver Funeral Home Chapel, with burial following in Mission Baptist Church Cemetery near Winona. Rev. Billy Little officiated the services.
Visitation was Sunday, May 25, from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Oliver Funeral Home.
Mrs. Carson, 83, died of heart failure at Grenada Lake Medical Center in Grenada on Friday, May 23.
Mrs. Carson was born in Attala County on November 25, 1930, to Frank and Tommie Ellington Jenkins. She was the granddaughter of Rev. Dave Jenkins, who was one of the first pastors of the Methodist Protestant Church of Kosciusko. She was a member of Mission Baptist Church and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Carson graduated from McAdams Public School in 1950 and enrolled in the Grenada School of Nursing in 1951. She graduated as a registered nurse on September 10, 1954, becoming the bride of Joe Edward Carson the same day.
She received the first patient into the then new Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona, where she continued to work at different intervals until she organized the Montgomery County School Nursing Program in the early 1970s. She worked with this program until her retirement in 1995.
Mrs. Carson was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; twin daughters, Brenda and Glenda Carson; and a grandson, Jonathan Browning.
Survivors include two daughters, Nina Joe Jones (Mike) of Winona, Linda Browning (Kenneth) of Winona; one son, Bill Carson (Libby) of Winona; brother, Howard Jenkins of Columbus; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Kent Blaine, Marcus Carson, Patrick Carson, Billy Carson, Caleb Carson, and Billy Chesteen.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mission Baptist Church or to the Mission Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
An online guestbook is available at www.ofhwinona.com.