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Elsie Larson

April 15, 1933-March 25, 2012

Elsie R. Larson, 78, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, March 25, 2012 at St. Gabriel's Community in Bismarck, N.D.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at the United Methodist Church in Detroit Lakes, with Rev. Brenda North officiating. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 30 at the David-Donehower Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes and at the church one hour prior to services on Saturday.

Memorials are to be donated to the United Methodist Church of Detroit Lakes.

Elsie Ruth Larson was born to William and Edna (Johnston) Ginder on April 15, 1933 in Hoople, N.D. She was raised and educated in Hoople. Following graduation from Hoople High School, she received her teacher's training at Mayville State College in Mayville, N.D. She then taught school in Montana, Oregon and North Dakota.

Elsie was united in marriage to Rollie Larson on August 13, 1960 in Crystal, N.D. They lived in Hatton, N.D., prior to moving to Detroit Lakes in 1964. Elsie taught at Rossman Elementary School until the birth of her children.

After Rollie's death in 1984, Elsie returned to teaching, and was an instructor in the G.E.D. program at the Detroit Lakes Area Vocational College. Later she was the supervisor of the D.L.A.V.T.I Resource Center.

Elsie was a lifelong member of the Methodist church and was active with the church choir. She adored her four grandchildren, enjoyed gardening and was active in the neighborhood birthday club.

Survivors include a son, Allan (Cinda) of Ballwin, Mo.; a daughter, Beth Ann (Mitch) Larson-Steckler of Bismarck; four grandchildren, Ellyse and Joshua Larson-Steckler, Nicholas and Paige Larson; and a brother, William (Marilyn) Ginder of Hoople.

In addition to her husband, Rollie, she is preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Kincaid, and an infant brother.

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