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Lenice Josephine Larkin went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 after a long life filled with adventure, service to others and love she shared with her extended family and many friends. She was born August 10, 1922 in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1940 then attended Sophie Newcomb College before graduating from the University of Texas where she was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Counseling and Guidance from Columbia University. She commenced her career as Assistant Dean of Women for Southern Methodist University before joining the YWCA where she spent decades serving others across the nation in many cities including Dallas, Chicago, Summit NJ, and Danville Va. She also served as YWCA Executive Director in San Antonio. Lenice loved to travel and visited countries across the world including China, India, Japan, Russia, Israel, Guatemala, Mexico and several European nations. Service to others was an integral part of her life that she continued late into her life despite declining mobility. She was an active long-time member of Alamo Heights United Methodist Church, former President of United Methodist Women, she was an active volunteer at Wesley Community Center and a Docent at the Institute of Texan Cultures. An avid quilter, she was a member of the Alamo Heritage Quilt Guild and gifted her family and friends with beautiful handmade quilts and children's clothes. She also enjoyed photography, knitting, swimming at the YMCA and reading to young school children. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor, her ready smile, strong faith, continual service, and her motto "it's a great life if we don't weaken".
She is preceded in death by her parents: James Earl and Ruby Onion Larkin, her sister Lucille Mendelson, and cousin Judge James Onion and wife Isabelle. Lenice is survived by her nephews Lt. Col. James Mendelson and his wife Theresa of Newport Beach, California and his four children and Dr. Michael Mendelson and wife Gale of Allentown, PA, her cousin Judge John F. Onion, Jr. and wife Nancy of Austin, TX as well as many loving family members and dear friends.
FEBRUARY 2, 2013
ALAMO HEIGHTS UNITED
825 E. BASSE RD.
Reverend Donna Strieb officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Wesley Community Center, 1406 Fitch St., San Antonio, TX 78211.
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Published in Express-News on Feb. 1, 2013