Phyllis Larson of Mora, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013 at her home. She was 84 years old.
FUNERAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, June 14th at First Presbyterian Church in Mora with Rev. Bob DeYoung and Rev. Duane Fowler officiating.
VISITATION will be on Thursday, June 13th from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home; plus 1 hour prior to the service on Friday at the church.
INTERMENT will be Lewis Lake Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Phyllis was born November 19, 1928 in Centerville, SD to Lyman and Margaret (Murphy) Hansen. She grew up on the family farm and was the oldest of four siblings. She attended country school until the age of 12 when they moved to Braham, MN. She graduated from Braham High School in 1946. She moved to Mora after high school and started working at the Deluxe Café where she met and fell in love with Wallace Larson. They were married June 21, 1947 at Lewis Lake Church and were one week shy of celebrating their 66th wedding anniversary. To this union three children were born. Phyllis worked at the Ben Franklin store before purchasing the Montgomery Ward Sales Agency with Wally in the mid 60’s. She was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 50 years where she served on many different committees. She was also a member of the First Presbyterian Church for over 65 years and active in the Ladies Circle. In 1978, after selling the Agency, they made Texas their winter home where she helped yearly with the Winter Texan’s Kanabec County welcome committee. Phyllis was a wonderful hostess and always enjoyed anyone stopping by for a cup of coffee and one of her delicious desserts. She enjoyed traveling with Wally seeing the country and visiting friends and family. She had an infectious laugh and was so much fun to be around. She was always the life of the party and loved playing cards and dominos, and was daring enough to take a hot air balloon ride at the age of 83.
Phyllis was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma and great grandma. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Wyatt, and her son Darwin. Phyllis is survived by her loving husband Wally, her daughters Debbie and Jeff Johnson of Page AZ, Doreen and Randy Anderson of Modesto CA and adopted daughter Diana and Maynard Bauer of Mesa AZ. She has 4 beautiful grandchildren; Jennie and Dave Heggem, Ryan and Miranda Akkerman, Trevor Akkerman, and Alyssa and Brian Ferguson. And she was blessed with 7 great grandchildren; Riley, Sami, Randy and Shane Heggem, Tristan and Raina Akkerman, and Emma Ferguson. She had three loving sisters; Robin Davis of Pell City AL, Marian Mattson of Isanti MN, and Barb and Dan Stevens of Mora MN; sister-in-law Wanetta Hansen of Ogilvie; plus numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 14th at First Presbyterian Church in Mora with Rev. Duane Fowler and Rev. Bob DeYoung officiating. Music was provided by Elaine Keehr and Miranda Akkerman. Casket bearers were Dave Heggem, Ryan Akkerman, Trevor Akkerman, Rollie Nelson, Dennis Schultz, Jim Slaikeu, Archie Zellman and Lee Forshier. Interment was at Lewis Lake Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were handled by Akkerman-Ingebrand Funeral Home.