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Beatrice "Bea" Larson

Beatrice “Bea” Larson

Formerly of Pine River

Beatrice “Bea” Nigellia Larson, 102, the daughter of Frank and Della Mae (Wood) Teicher, was born Jan. 18, 1911, at Wabasso, Minn. She passed away Monday, April 22, 2013, at the Montgomery County Memorial Hospital, Red Oak, Iowa, at the age of 102 years, 3 months and 4 days.

Throughout her childhood, Bea was raised in Wabasso, Minn., Montana and then Pine River, Minn. She attended school at Pine River and then worked at the local grocery stores and area resort. Bea was united in marriage to Marshall R. Larson on Nov. 3, 1940, at Pine River. She and Marshall lived in Pine River until 1942, when they moved to a farm at Grand River, Iowa. In 1945, they moved to a farm south of Stanton, Iowa, then to Pillager, Minn., and in 1947, returned to Pine River where she helped care for her sister.

While in Pine River, Bea and Marshall owned and operated a gas station and restaurant. They sold their businesses in 1953 to purchase a dairy farm west of Pine River. Having fixed up their farm, they sold it and purchased a farm at Brooten, Minn. In 1962, they sold their farm at Brooten after remodeling it and moved to be near family in Willmar, Minn., and then to Red Oak in 1969.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Red Oak. Bea was a great cook, having cooked for their farm workers for many years. She also enjoyed bowling and treasured her family dearly.

Bea was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Marshall, on Oct. 25, 1992; sister, Bernice Teicher; and granddaughter, Theresa Larson.

Bea is survived by two sons, Richard Larson and wife Audrey of Red Oak, Iowa, and Marshall Larson Jr. of Foley, Minn.; two grandchildren, Laura Cross and husband Kyle of Red Oak, and Tamera Sutton and husband Jeff of Red Oak; seven great-grandchildren, Kyra, Daniel, Mitchell, Brooke, Heather, Holly and Trevor; and great-great-granddaughter, Haylee Nigella; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

May God bless her memory and give strength to those who mourn.

Funeral service was at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, at First United Methodist Church, Red Oak, Iowa. Burial is in Evergreen Cemetery, Red Oak. The Rev. Fred Pilecki officiated. Visitation with the family was Thursday evening from 7-8 p.m. at Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home. Memorials preferred to First United Methodist Church.

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Sellergren-Lindell-DeMarce Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.