Georgia Larson, 99, of Mabel
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 7:41 AM
Georgia (Spande) Larson, 99, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at Green Lea Manor in Mabel.
She was born on the Bjorn Spande homestead in Newburg Township, Fillmore County, on June 8, 1913, to Nils Bjornson Spande and Gertie Jacobson Haga.
She was first a student at the Newburg School and later graduated from Mabel High School in 1930. She graduated from St. Olaf College in Northfield in 1934 with a bachelor of science degree.
Georgia taught science, biology and French at Emmons High School in Emmons, Minn., from 1934 to 1938.
Llewellyn (Lew) Larson and Georgia were married at the Lutheran parsonage in Mabel on Aug. 24, 1938. The couple farmed on the Oliver Larson farm one mile east of Mabel for two years.
Subsequently, they moved to the Spande homestead a mile north of Newburg Village. There they operated a diversified farm, raised their family and eventually moved to their retirement home on Fillmore Avenue in Mabel in 1975.
Georgia was supportive of Lew's 18-year commitment as a county commissioner and Minnesota state senator.
She was a member of the Newburg School Board serving as board secretary. Georgia worked with Fillmore County Social Services as a child welfare specialist for 20 years and upon retirement worked as a librarian at the Mabel Public Library.
Georgia was a lifelong member of the Scheie Lutheran Church, being the first child to be baptized in the current church building. She was pianist and organist at the church her entire adult life, last playing the pipe organ there on her 95th birthday. She also served as Sunday school teacher, superintendent and ladies aid officer.
Georgia was an active volunteer at Green Lea Manor for many years, playing the piano for church services and sing-alongs. She was a prolific reader, enjoyed crossword puzzles and traveling North America with her sister-in-law, Verna Burreson, in retirement. She enjoyed a trip to Norway to visit cousins on the family farms in 2000.
Georgia began driving the family auto at the age of 12, as neither of her parents cared to drive. Eighty-four years later, she discontinued driving.
Survivors include a daughter, Martha (Glen Lager) of Caledonia; a son, Brian (Jennifer Garrett) of Dowling, Mich.; a daughter-in-law, Liz Larson, Fridley, Minn.; grandchildren, Karen (Robert) Krzebietke, Linda (Jay) Calkins, Stephanie Larson, Sarah (Steven) Powell, Melanie (Louis) Walsh and Bjorn Larson; six great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Bjorn (Buren), Albert (Abbie), Victor, Burton and George Spande; a sister, Mildred Kingsbury; her husband, Lew Larson, a son, Neil Larson; and a daughter-in-law, Sharon Larson.
Funeral services were Dec. 10 at the Scheie Lutheran Church in rural Mabel with the Rev. Mary Waudby officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
The Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.mengisfuneralhome.com.