LaVille Caroline (Henjum) Larson was born Sept. 19, 1923 on the family farm near Hoffman, Minn. Her early years were filled with household and field chores, and helping to raise five younger siblings. The farm remained the central gathering place in subsequent decades, and family reunions there provided great memories for generations of relatives.
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LaVille's education began at District Two Country School, where she skipped a grade and progressed to Hoffman High School. After graduating as high school valedictorian at age 16, she attended Augsburg College in Minneapolis and earned her B.A. in English with a minor in physical education. During her senior year she was elected Augsburg Homecoming Queen. LaVille worked as a teacher in Dawson, Floodwood, and Minneapolis, Minn., and in Glendive, Mont. When her own children reached their teens she returned to Montana State University, earned a Master's of Education degree, and taught for nine additional years in Belgrade, Mont. LaVille was a great supporter of education and took an active approach, reading thousands of books with younger generations.
LaVille married Harvey Larson of Barrett, Minn. on Aug. 11, 1945.
They enjoyed a full and interesting life, and lived in many parts of the United States before sinking roots in Bozeman in 1957. For over 50 years, LaVille and Harvey remained highly active Bozeman community members. LaVille contributed time, talent and leadership to many organizations, including: Hope Lutheran Church, Sons of Norway, Valley View Country Club, MSU women's groups, the Bozeman Senior Center, the Retired Teachers Association, and Rotary International.
The Larsons were dedicated Bobcat fans, avid golfers, and formidable bridge players. They traveled extensively throughout the States and abroad in their retirement, and always returned with enhanced appreciation of their Bozeman community. Their later years were spent at Aspen Pointe and Birchwood at Hillcrest senior living facilities, where they enjoyed having friends in close proximity and a caring staff.
LaVille passed away peacefully in her home on June 7, 2013. She was preceded in death by Harvey, her loving husband of 66 years; her parents, Eddie and Irene Henjum; and brother, Arnold. She is survived by her three children and their families, Reed and wife, Cheryl, of Parker, Colo. (daughter Marissa), Rachel and husband, Jeff, of Billings (daughter Jenni), and Robb and wife, Teresa, of Bozeman (sons Scott and Austin); sister, Harriet; brothers, Harvey, Maynard, and Raymond; and numerous nieces and nephews.
LaVille's life shines as an example of love and service to her family, friends, church, and community. She will be greatly missed.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Friday, June 14 at Hope Lutheran Church in Bozeman.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on June 12, 2013