Obituary: LARSON, JULIA VIRGINIA

Published: Tuesday, July 29 2014 11:09 p.m. MDT

Julia Virginia Winter Larson1937 ~ 2012Julia Virginia Winter Larson passed away quietly from this, to a more perfect realm on March 20, 2012 from the effects of pancreatic cancer, after a long and heroic battle with two other culprits, diabetes and coronary heart disease. After her latest prognosis, and in her truecharacter, she chose to spend her last days preserving her mother's journals and enjoying the companionship of her many friends and loved ones.She was born in Independence, Jackson County Missouri on 30 April 1937 to parents, Charles Alvin Winter and Ella Dick Winter Hansen.The family included three brothers, Donald Keith, David Alvin and Gerald Dick. She attended primary and secondary schools in Jackson County, followed by a year at BYU. While growing up in Missouri, she took an active part in the Independence Branch (now a Ward) of TheChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.In May of 1959, while visiting relatives in Salt Lake City, she met one Oscar Neil Larson at a well-known ice cream shop, who, after a few dates followed by two long months of torrid correspondence, became her eternal companion, a lively romance that's still going strong in its 53rd year.Seven children joined their family, John Eric (Ramona), David Allen (Jane), Dallen (Julynn), Paul, Timothy (Denise), Jeremy (Kari) and Jennifer, a posterity that has grown now to include 29 grand and three greatgrandchildren.Julia turned out to be the consummate, wife, mother andhomemaker. Nothing interfered with these special "callings" in her life, although, she served her church with undeterred diligence in every organization that needed her support. She served most recently as Secretary to the Relief Society, but she left her heart with her smallPrimary Class.She pursued many other interests: she loved scripture, especially the Book of Mormon and read from it daily. Her husband's work took her to many locations and many homes, which gave her opportunity to pursue another passionhome decorating, at which she became veryadept. She loved to nourish--a love that, beyond her family, included cats (even strays) and especially wild birds. She studied and knew all the species of western birds that visited her feeder, their habits and habitats, and insisted they be treated as fellow citizens. She also lovedgreat poetry, memorizing works of Frost, Whitman, Shelly and others with amazing ease. She loved her Sunday evening "séances" with her Wasatch Front children, squeezed together like sardines in her undersized kitchen. Her uncritical assessment of others and her quietdisposition are her lasting legacy, and will be sorely missed by all who knew her.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 26 at the Layton Oak Forest Chapel, 2250 East 2200 North. A viewing will be held Sunday from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at the Myers Mortuary, 250 North Fairfield Rd., and Monday morning 9:15-10:30 at the church prior toservices. Interment at the Lakeview Memorial Cemetery, Bountiful Utah.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS Missionary Fund.