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Grace Laura Arlene Larsen


1921 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Grace Laura Arlene Larsen
Resident of Mountain View
Grace Laura Arlene Larsen passed away peacefully at home on April 12, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Gracie was born June 21, 1921, in Philadelphia to George and Lillian Sterling, and in 1929 moved to Oakland, CA. As a teenager, her awe of nature and its beauty led her to create an elaborate collection of seashells, which earned her the honor of being the youngest exhibitor at the 1939 World's Fair on Treasure Island. She served her country in WWII as part of the Navy WAVE's, after which she returned to Oakland. There she became involved with folk dancing, where she met a handsome, strong, Norwegian immigrant named Egil Larsen. They married in 1949 and raised 5 children.
Gracie had a contagious love of life, uplifting to all around her. She was a creator, constantly busy with multiple projects. She made lace, quilted, played music, painted, baked, and wrote. She was delicate with her hands, poised on the dance floor, witty with words and always singing. Her passion for needle arts led her to invest her time and energy teaching and organizing to ensure the continuance of this intricate art. She started the Lace Museum in her hometown, established the Heritage Arts Guild and the Lacy Knitters Guild, which grew to have members all over the world.
Gracie's legacy will live on in her large, loving family.
Gracie's brother Vaughn Sterling and grandson Brian DeYoung predeceased her. Gracie is survived by her devoted husband of 68 years Egil Larsen, her children and their spouses Einar & Suzanne Larsen, Lollie & Gary DeYoung, Kari Larsen, Arne & Kari Larsen, and Dave Larsen, plus 9 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family wishes donations be made to the (www.alz.org) in Grace Larsen's name.


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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Apr. 22, 2018
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