LARSON – Mrs. Amalia “Molly” Larson passed away in her sleep at the Stettler Health Care Centre on Sept. 8, 2008. Molly was born Jan. 9, 1916 in Lamar, CO, the 12th of 18 children, to Jacob and Katherine May. Molly came to Canada as an infant when her family settled at Burstall, SK. With the death of her father in 1927, Molly left school to work out and help support the family. In 1931, Molly moved to Lethbridge, AB and worked at various jobs until settling in Fort MacLoed, AB in 1938 where she met a tall, dark and dashing Greyhound bus driver. On Oct. 2, 1939 she was united in marriage to Olmen “O.B.” Larson. This union produced two sons, Marvin born in 1940 and Gary in 1943. Being a bus driver’s wife meant moving a lot. They lived in Edmonton, AB, Calgary, AB, Leduc, AB and then Delia, AB in 1946 where O.B. was in general trucking for two years. In 1948, Molly became a farm wife when the family started farming in the Delia/Byemoor district. Molly was active in the Ladies Aid with quilting bees, community picnics, fall suppers and summer bible camps. Getting hailed out two years in a row brought a two year sojourn in Medicine Hat, AB (1949-1951) for Molly and the boys while O.B. got the farm going again. In 1955 the family moved to Stettler, AB where Molly settled in with church groups and the I.O.D.E. helping in the community where she could. At home, as well as being a homemaker, Molly was also a dispatcher for O.B.’s livestock hauling business and became the voice on the phone to many cattleman in the area. After retirement in 1973, they bought a holiday trailer and for the next few years enjoyed many camping and fishing trips throughout Alberta and B.C. as well as trips to visit family and friends. One of her greatest joys was having her grandson Doug accompany her on these as well as on bus trips to introduce him to his many aunts, uncles and cousins. In 1993, Molly moved to Heart Haven Lodge but in 1995 wanting larger quarters she moved to Paragon Place where she resided until her passing. Molly was predeceased by her parents, 17 siblings, son Marvin in 1960, husband O.B. in 1996 and her grandaughter-in-law Lucy in 2000. Molly is survived by son Gary and his wife Lavina of Rochon Sands, AB, grandson Doug and Karen of Gadsby, AB great-grandchildren Don and Alix (Cynthia) of Fort Saskatchewan, AB and Paige of Edmonton. She is also survived by one cousin Molly Fischbach of Edmonton, sister-in-law Edith Larson of Delia and numerous, nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held at the Brennen Funeral Home Chapel on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008 at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jack Schulze officiating. The congregational hymns were “I Come To Garden Alone” and “Church In The Wildwood”. Soloist Evelyn Shursen sang “Jesus Lover Of My Soul” with pianist Elaine Hennel accompanying. The active pallbearers were Raymond May, Ronald Wilson, Ernest Wilson, Hugh Kellough, Bruce Larson and Richard Sverdahl. Interment followed at the Lake View Cemetery in Stettler where Molly was laid to rest beside her husband O.B. A reception and fellowship took place at the Brennen Funeral Home reception area with Harry’s Kitchen serving the lunch. As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society in care of Brennen Funeral Home (2001) Ltd., P.O. Box 193, Stettler, AB, T0C 2L0 who were entrusted with arrangements. Condolences can be e-mailed to 403-742-3315.

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