Esther Sophia Larsen
Medicine Lake, Mont., resident Esther Sophia Larsen died Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2005, at Sheridan Memorial Nursing Home in Plentywood, Mont., where she was a resident for four years. She was 102.
Cremation has taken place with memorial services and interment of cremated remains in Medicine Lake Cemetery planned for June.
Mrs. Larsen was born June 9, 1903, near Ulen, Minn., to Fredrich Vilhelm and Sophia Josephine (Thomson) Sorensen. She was the 15th of 16 children born to her parents, all of whom have preceded her in death.
She attended high schools in Ruso, Bergan and Velva, N.D., and graduated from Medicine Lake High School in 1923. Her college career began between her junior and senior years of high school at Devils Lake College at the advice of local educators and continued summers after graduation. Her teaching career began in 1923.
Toward the end of her term, she met Einer M. Larsen and three weeks later they were married at Wolf Point on May 24, 1927. The couple had four children. Esther returned to teaching in 1942-43.
Mrs. Larsen’s hobbies included vegetable and flower gardening. She also loved to sew and made quilts and clothes for her children and grandchildren. Crocheting, knitting and other crafts kept her busy.
She was a member of WCTU, in Culbertson, Mont., and had a lifetime membership with the Medicine Lake VFW Auxiliary. She attended several different churches, was an avid reader and read her Bible daily.
“Esther was raised in a strict Christian home and taught to love, honor and obey God and His Word. She loved to sing and sang around the house teaching her children the great old church hymns. As teenagers she and her younger sister Nina sang duets at church and various Christian functions. She taught Sunday school classes at the Congregational Church in Medicine Lake. After her children left home she taught herself to play the piano,” her family said.
Mrs. Larsen moved to Medicine Lake in 1947 and lived there until moving to LaCasa in Plentywood in 1998.
Mrs. Larsen was preceded in death by her husband, Einer; daughter, Nina Grindy; and daughter-in-law, Ila Larsen.
She is survived by her sons, Melburn of Pavilion, Wyo., and Palmer (Nerieda) of Sugarland, Texas; daughter, Lily Ann Schoessler (Ray) of Sterling; grandchildren, Kathy Pierce (Don) of North Pole, Peggy Long (Mike) of Pavilion, Marcella Landau (Paul) of Sugarland, Gisele Schindele (Greg) of Elk River, Minn., Archie Grindy (Debbie) of Richmond, Utah, Greg Grindy of Lewisville, Texas, Andy Grindy (Sandra) of Oceanside, Calif., Mike Schoessler (Shelley), Steve Schoessler (Teri) and Doug Schoessler (Kris), all of Soldotna, Cheryl O’Donnell (Tim) of Torrance, Calif., and Susanne Towill (Jason) of Otis Orchards, Wash.; 26 great-grandchildren, five stepgreat-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
Arrangements were made by Fulkerson Funeral Home of Plentywood.
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