Floyce Thomas Larson, 95, a freelance writer who contributed articles to The Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal, Baraboo News Republic, and many other publications, died on Thursday, October 17, 2013. In March of this year, she self-published a collection of her writings in a book entitled, Memories of a Country Girl Who Came to Washington, D.C. This book included memories of growing up on the family farm in Fairfield County, Wisconsin, as well as articles containing her wisdom.
Floyce, who lived in her home in Silver Spring, Maryland, almost until her death, was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on
February 22, 1918. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in journalism. In the early 1940s, she worked as a reporter for the United Press and the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison, Wisconsin. She married her husband Roland Larson in 1942 and moved to the Washington area in 1945. Roland retired as deputy of the space department of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and died in 1985.
Floyce took great joy in her family and was also known as Tracka by the grandchildren after one could not pronounce "grandma." Survivors include: two sons, Jan Larson (Kathy) of Venice, Florida, and Ronne Larson (Carolyn) of North Potomac, Maryland; and one daughter, Kristin Larson Liercke (Terry) of Oakton, Virginia; eight grandchildren (Eric, Micah, Jeremy, Kristin, Erica, Emily, Matthew, and Jason); and three great grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Delbert Thomas, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
A memorial service will be held on at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, on Saturday, November 9 at
11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her name to St. Luke Lutheran Church.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 25, 2013