Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Larson
Elizabeth Ann “Beth” Larson, age 92, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2014 at the Crestview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in West Branch, Iowa, where she had resided for a number of months.
Elizabeth was born January 5, 1922 near Martelle, Iowa. She was the only child of Merle and Erma Leinbaugh Murfield.
Following graduation from high school in 1939, she enrolled at Iowa State College in Ames where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics Education in 1943. She then moved to Jefferson County where she taught home economics in the Fairfield High School for a number of years.
Beth met Kenneth L. Larson while singing in the chancel choir at the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield. The couple married on September 18, 1948 in Martelle, Iowa. She remained active in the church where she served as a trustee and a member of the United Methodist Women. Elizabeth was also a long-time member of Chapter C, P.E.O., AAUW, Farm Bureau Women and the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee.
Beth enjoyed her family, reading, art, gardening, traveling and cooking. She often served as a judge of 4-H entries at local county fairs.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Kenneth, who passed away on October 8, 1995.
She is survived by her three children: Nancy (Jeff) Lathrop of West Branch, Iowa; Thomas E. Larson of Urbandale, Iowa and James (Jodie) Larson of Chicago, Illinois as well as three grandchildren Ellen Larson, Kenneth Larson and Kate Larson.
The family will receive friends at the Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield from 10:00 A.M. t o 11:00 A.M. on Saturday.
A graveside service will be held at 11:15 A.M. Saturday at Evergreen Cemetery with Pastor Todd Holman officiating. The family invite family and friends to join them at the fellowship hall at the First United Methodist Church following the service at the cemetery.
Memorials have been established to the First United Methodist Church in Fairfield or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are in the care of the Raymond Funeral Home in Fairfield.
Online condolences may be directed to www.raymondfuneralhomes.com.
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