At the age of 91 years young, Virginia Mary Marich Larson, passed from this earth on Jan. 27, 2016. She died gracefully of natural causes at the Village Health Care center in Missoula, Montana. Virginia was born in Lime Quarry, Montana, on Aug. 9, 1924, to John and Rose (Jasso) Marich. Virginia was a lovely, kind, funny and generous woman. She was a tower of strength and courage.
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Virginia was a very social and creative woman. She never knew a stranger and listened to all. Everyone who met Virginia loved her.
She belonged to the following clubs. Home Demonstration, 4-H, Pinochle, Bridge, Senior Citizens, Red Hats, Thompson Falls Woman's club, Square Dance club and the Thompson Falls community church and Woman's fellowship. Most of all she enjoyed her extended family.
Virginia sewed, painted, cooked, gardened, fished, canned, quilted, and baked the best pie crust ever. She was known as the "Princess/Queen of Crochet"; afghans, pot holders, cotton dish rags and whatever the need was. She was an expert Pinochle and Bridge player and won many prizes.
During her adult life Virginia lived in White Pine, Thompson Falls and Missoula.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Harold Larson, her parents, her brothers Stanley Marich and John Marich Jr., her sisters Anna Faulkner and Florence Marich and grandson Stephen Ray Babcock.
Virginia is survived by her daughters Susan Larson Kuntz of Missoula, Montana, and Sally Larson (Ray) Babcock of Bozeman, Montana, and son Edward (Nancy) Larson of Osburn, Idaho.
She is also survived by her brothers Andrew (Letty) Marich and Nicholas (Adrienne) Marich of Thompson Falls, James (CoLene) Marich of Walker, Minnesota and her sister Marie (James) Fox of Cottage Grove, Oregon.
She is also survived by her grandchildren Ken (Tracey) and Erick (Kyu) Larson, Mike, John (Heidi), and Cindy Kuntz and Mary (Shawn) Black.
She is also survived by 11 great-grandchildren; Madison, Kennedy, and Abby Larson. Kel and Miley Larson, Ozzy, Margaret, and Hilda Kuntz, Adam James "AJ" Kuntz, and Marina and Sydney Black as well as various nieces and nephews.
Celebration of Virginia's life will be held and the White Pine Community United Methodist Church, 16 White Pine Lane, Trout Creek, MT 59874 on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at 1 p.m. Memorials may be made to Stephen Ray Babcock fund at MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 173750 Bozeman, MT 59717.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Feb. 3, 2016