Lucille S. Larson returned to the arms of God on September 29, 2020.
Lucille S. Larson
Lucille S. Larson returned to the arms of God on September 29, 2020. Her faith was a source of strength and serenity throughout her life.
Lucille was born in Clinton, Minnesota on September 15th, 1920 as the 10th child of George and Helga Steen. Lucille grew up on the family farm surrounded by her 4 brothers and 7 sisters. She graduated from Ortonville High School in 1938, and shortly thereafter left the farm and moved to Minneapolis to continue her education. After spending a few years in Minneapolis, Lucille relocated to Chicago to join one of her brothers and 3 sisters that had previously moved to the “Windy City.” Lucille started working at People’s Gas in 1948 in the typing pool, and spent the next 35 years at People’s Gas becoming a pioneer for women of her generation in the work force. She rose through the ranks, gaining more experience, knowledge and responsibility until she retired in 1982 as a special advisor to the president in charge of labor and employee relations.
When not immersed in work, Lucille became an avid traveler, visiting far away destinations including Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Virgin Islands. Her brother introduced Lucille to a co-worker at Bell and Howell, Lester H. Larson, “Larry.” Lucille and Larry were married in 1955 and remained husband and wife until Larry passed away in 1993. The couple moved into their dream home in Deerfield Illinois, four doors from her sister Mary Ann, in 1967. They remained in Deerfield until 1983 when they relocated to Palm Coast, Florida, once again 4 doors down from Mary Ann.
Lucille was an avid bowler, consistently carrying an average of over 130/game into her 90’s. Once in Florida, Lucille took up golf and while her golf scores were similar to her bowling scores, she regularly walked 9 holes in under 90 minutes. In 2007, she entered John Knox Village in Orange City, Florida and immediately became one of the most active, vibrant, and beloved residents. This time she moved directly next door to Mary Ann and kept a watchful eye on her sister. Lucille continued to bowl, attend vespers, and was involved in all of the activities that the retirement community had to offer.
Lucille celebrated her 100th birthday on September 15th in good health and good spirits in spite of the isolation brought on by the pandemic. Her family often recited the phrase “the first hundred years are the hardest.” Lucille made it through those hardest years with kindness, elegance, and grace and will be thought of often and missed by the nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews that knew her, admired her, and loved her.
Due to the pandemic, services will be held at a future date. Details can be obtained from Craig Flagler Palms Funeral Home.
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