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Ruth Larson, 91, of rural Geneseo died on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Woodridge Supportive Living Residence, Geneseo. Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday, February 13, at First Lutheran Church, 114 E. Main St., Geneseo. The funeral will follow the visitation and also be held at First Lutheran Church, beginning at 11:00 am. Rev. Laura Kamprath will officiate. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. Memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church or to the Ruth Larson Memorial Fund. Stackhouse-Moore Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ruth was born November 26, 1925 in Laura, IL the daughter of Charles and Agnes (Wycoff) Jaques. She attended school at the Nightingale School near Laura and in Williamsfield, IL. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Champaign. For a time she wrote copy for Pet Milk. On Aug. 28, 1948 she married Eldon Larson in Laura, IL. Ruth and Eldon had been married for 62 years at the time of his death on October 23, 2010. The couple had farmed in Edford and Osco Township near Geneseo for most of their married lives.
Ruth was a member of First Lutheran Church, Geneseo, the Bishop Hill Heritage Association, and the Henry County Home Extension. She and her husband were strong supporters of church groups, 4-H, and other youth programs in the community. Ruth was an avid reader and lifelong learner. She was a joyful spirit welcoming all to her home with open arms. When you were greeted by Ruth, you knew she was happy to see you. She had a great appreciation of and devotion to her family. She had many diverse interests, ranging from wildflowers to classical music to wild birds to cats and other animals in her life.
Ruth is survived by two sons and their spouses, Rod and Tammy Larson, Bethesda, MD, and Jim and Janet Larson, Geneseo; a son-in-law, Scott Pearson, West Fargo, ND; grandchildren, Erica Fleisig and her husband Lars Wilcut, Benjamin Larson-Pearson, Lucas, Abby, Matthew, Ian, and Michaela Larson, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and her special care giver, Angela Correa. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, daughter, Rev. Patricia Larson; sister, Emma Jaques McGuire, and brother, Dr. Howard W. Jaques.
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