Georgena LARSON

LARSON Georgena Margaret (Mamie) Nielson-Larson of Olds, AB passed away at the Olds Long Term Care Centre on Saturday, July 12th, 2008 at the age of 91 years. Mamie will be lovingly remembered by her two sons; Paul (Yvonne) of Lundbreck, AB and Ken (Fern) of Stettler, AB; one daughter; Neva (Norm) of Didsbury, AB as well as nine grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren. Mamie will also be missed by her three brothers; Don (Ruby) of Olds, AB, Paul (Joyce) of Castor, AB and Dick (Joan) of Parksville, B.C.; three sisters; Eleanor, Hilda and Rose all of Red Deer, AB. Mamie was predeceased by her husband Mel in December 2007; son, Lyle (Butch) in September 2007; a sister, Mabel; brothers, Marten and Alfred. Georgena Margaret "Mamie" Larson was born February 12th, 1917 at her parent’s homestead near Cornucopia, AB. She was the first of ten children born to Mabel Eva Coldwell and Marius Christian Neilson. When Mamie was five years old the family moved to a new quarter section, two and a half miles south east of Halkirk, AB. She attended school in Halkirk and was one of the few of her generation to complete her grade 12 education. Mamie went on to Camrose Normal School (1935 – 1936) taking a one year course to become a teacher. When she was nineteen she became acquainted with a neighbor boy Martin Elvin Larson. They courted and were married on December 23, 1938 at his parents’ home. Mel and Mamie’s first home was a two room bunk house on his dad's farm. They started a family and once the children were in school, Mamie returned to teaching; she taught at different schools throughout Paintearth County. In1971, Mel and Mamie retired from the farm and moved to Red Deer. In Red Deer, Mamie taught at Red Deer Christian School until she retired in the 1980's. Mamie enjoyed travelling around the countryside with Mel taking pictures for him to draw. She spent hours knitting and reading while Mel did his art. She also looked after the "old people" in their various condos. Mamie's final years were spent in Sunrise Village at Olds, AB and later the Long Term Care Facility in the Olds Hospital. She passed away peacefully with her family by her side. She lived a wonderful life, doing what she loved – making a difference in people's lives. A Memorial Service for the late Georgena Margaret "Mamie" Larson will be held at CrossRoads Church, 38105 Range Road #275, (west of the Red Deer 32nd Street Overpass on Hwy #2) Red Deer County, AB on Friday, July 18th, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army, 4837 54 Street, Red Deer, AB T4N 2G5. Condolences can be forwarded to the family at www.parklandfuneralhome.com In living memory of Georgena Margaret "Mamie" Larson, a tree will be planted in the Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium Memorial Tree Park.