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Mildred Larson

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Mildred Selman Larson Mildred Selman Larson passed away peacefully on April 25, 2013 in Houston, after a very brief illness. Born December 19, 1920 in Giddings, Texas to Alwine and Carl Bohot, Mildred Elizabeth was the fourth of six children. Her family was deeply devoted to their Lutheran church and Mildred maintained a quiet but deep reliance on her Christian faith throughout her life. Mildred was married to T.C. Selman for 35 years and together they raised three sons, Douglas, Michael and T.C. (II), residing in a number of Texas towns before moving in 1956 to Freeport. The family was active in First Baptist Church of Freeport, where Mildred taught in both adult and children's classes. A devoted homemaker as well as an active community volunteer, Mildred was always a strong supporter of her husband's business and civic career. She was particularly active in the Ladies Auxiliary for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, in which her husband had significant leadership responsibilities, including VFW National Commander-In-Chief.
Several years after the untimely death of her husband, T.C., Mildred met and married Leslie T. Larson of Alvin. Mildred and Les moved to Ingram, where they became lay leaders in Kerrville's Zion Lutheran Church, and together enjoyed their expanded family, classical music, gardening, and frequent international trips. After Les' death in 2003, Mildred moved to University Place in Houston, where she lived independently until a few months ago, quickly making good friends with whom she enjoyed Thursday night dinner group and many games of Mah Jong and Quiddler. Throughout her life, Mildred's positive attitude and encouragement of others made her beloved by her extended family and her friends, old and new. Above all, Mildred was a remarkable mother - her unconditional love and support of her three sons, Les' daughters, and all of their families, never wavered.
Mildred was preceded in death by her husbands, T.C. Selman and Les Larson, by her two brothers, Harry and Carl Bohot, and by a sister-in-law, Doris Selman Damuth. Mildred is survived by her three sisters and their families, Annie Mae Dickschat of Anderson, Lillian Gruetzner of Giddings, and Alvina Schroeder of Navasota, and by her sisters-in-law and their families, Freddie Mae Selman Pentak of Frisco, and Mary Dee Selman Pederson of Houston. She is also survived by her sons, Douglas Selman and his wife Cathryn, of Houston, Michael Selman and his wife Diane, of Buda, and T.C. Selman II and his wife Donna, of Marble Falls; daughter-in-law Jo Karen Selman of Dallas; stepdaughters Mariana Walker and her husband David, of Alvin, Anna-Marie Bowlin and her husband Stovy, of Cedar Creek; and grandchildren, Stephen Selman and his wife Ashley, Georganna Selman Carlisle and her husband Jimmie, Michael Selman II, Liz Selman Weidner and her husband Richard, Brooke Selman Williams and her husband Craig, Trey Selman, Joseph Rodd, Austin Rodd, and Alyx Vesey; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service celebrating Mildred's life will be held at four o'clock in the afternoon on Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama in Houston, officiated by the Reverend Laurens A. Hall, with a reception following until seven o'clock in the evening. In lieu of customary remembrances, contributions in Mildred's memory may be directed to World Vision's For Every Child campaign at http://wvforeverychild.org/give-now, or to the .
Mildred's family would like to extend their gratitude to Mildred's friends and the staff of University Place for their kindness and support, and also to Memorial Hermann Southwest hospital and hospice staff, especially Dr. Ana Leech and Libby Ditab, RN.

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Published in Houston Chronicle from Apr. 28 to Apr. 29, 2013
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