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Lois Larsen

Lois M. Larsen, 89, of Garnett, passed away Dec. 21, 2010, at Golden Heights Living Center, Garnett.

Lois was born May 28, 1921, in Harveyville, the daughter of William J. and Birdie M. (McPherson) Betts. She graduated from Harveyville High School in 1939. She received her teaching certificate from Baker University.

On May 18, 1947, Lois was united in marriage to Clyde L. Larsen in the Baldwin First United Methodist Church, Baldwin City. This union was blessed with three children.

In 1941, Lois began teaching at a country school near Baldwin City. She also taught in Burns and Edna. She taught until 1948, and then as a substitute for several years. She then worked as the Burns public librarian for 15 years.

Lois was a member of Burns United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and played the piano for church services.

In 1982, she and Clyde moved to Garnett, where she was a member of the First United Methodist Church; a member of the Anderson County Hospital Auxiliary and a hospital volunteer; and a blood drive volunteer, serving as the local coordinator. Lois was a 60-plus-year founding member of the United Methodist Women.

She enjoyed her collection of cat figurines. She also loved the outdoors, camping, and traveling with Clyde.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Amelia J. and Myrtis M. Betts; three brothers, Frederick H., Cleo J., and Donald M. Betts; an infant daughter, Leah Fay; and one granddaughter, Amy Carey.

She is survived by her husband, Clyde Larsen, of the home; one son, Bruce Larsen and wife Joyce of Wichita; one daughter, Phyllis Ericson and husband Ted of Lincoln, Neb.; five grandchildren, Jennifer L. Knake, Christina L. Nguyen, Travis L. Larsen, Nick Harder, and Eric Vaughn; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were 11 a.m. Dec. 28, 2010, at First United Methodist Church, Garnett. The family will greet friends following the service.

A private family inurnment will be at a later date in Burns Cemetery, Burns.

Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church in care of the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family at

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