She attended and graduated from the Alta Consolidated Schools. While attendance she was active in many activities, and received the Conner award for recognition for outstanding citizenship, scholarship, and leadership. While in school she worked in several local businesses.
After graduation in 1947, she was employed in the office of Dr. Nobles as records clerk and receptionist. Dec. 20, 1948, was married to Glen B. Anderson and moved to Pammel Ct. (veterans housing), in Ames, while Glen attended college. Carma was a records clerk at Iowa State University Hospital. In 1951, they moved to Pocahontas, Ia., where she worked as secretary to the Superintendent of Schools. After the birth of their first son, Steve, she became a stay at home mom.
The family moved to Humboldt, Ia., where a second son Tom was born in 1954. They moved to Spencer, Ia., followed by moves to Galesburg, Ill. and later to Iowa City, Ia. In 1969, Glen accepted a position with the ISU Extension Program in Boone, Ia., and Carma worked in the local K -6 school system until her retirement. Carma and Glen spent their summers at Okoboji, and winters in Mesa, Ariz. Retirement travels included cruises, guided bus tours, and a trip to Sweden, and much time were spent enjoying family.
Carma was diagnosed with ALS in 2006 and is survived by son, Steve and grandson, Ryan; son, Tom and his wife, Vicki, grandsons, Nathan, and Mathew; sister-in-law, Arlene Anderson; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father; mother; husband, Glen Anderson; brother, Ray Yaw; and sister-in-law, Kay Yaw.
Memorial Services will be at 2 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Alta on Oct. 8, 2011. Visitation will be held Friday from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Schuchert Funeral Home in Spirit Lake.
The family requests memorials to be directed to the Building Fund at Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 5, Alta, Iowa.