Margaret Rudella Larson (nee Rodningen)

Margaret Larson passed away peacefully at The Pines Care Home in Burns Lake, B.C. on July 23, 2014. She was 89 years old.

Margaret was born in Modum, Norway on March 3, 1925 to Knut and Gertrude Rodningen. She was the youngest of three children.

The family came to Canada in 1926 and settled on a farm south of Rose Valley, Saskatchewan. Margaret’s father passed away in 1931, leaving her mother to raise three young children alone on the farm. Margaret went to Grade Nine in school and then, like so many of that time, she was sent out to work and send money home to help out. Eventually Margaret worked as a cook at the Rose Valley Hospital.

In December, 1946, Margaret married Milo Larson. They purchased the Pas Trail Store, northeast of Nipawin, SK. It consisted of a store, gas pump and post office. They ran the store until 1950 when they moved into Nipawin and Milo had a trucking business.

In 1951, Margaret and Milo, with sons Kenny and Larry moved to a mining community near Spillimacheen, south of Golden, BC. The family lived there until 1957 when the mine closed. That summer and fall found them at the Cronin Babine Mine, north of Smithers, BC. From there, they moved to Salmon Arm, back to Spillimacheen, Brisco and on to Hope, BC where their daughter Brenda was born. In 1965, the family moved to northern BC, to Endako, Fraser Lake, and in 1967 to Granisle, BC. Margaret remained in Granisle and Topley Landing for most of the time until Milo’s passing in 1992. In 1992, Margaret moved to the Heritage Manor in Burns Lake, to Sparwood near her daughter and family from 2000 to 2003, and back to Burns Lake. Because of failing health, she moved into the Pines in 2013.

Margaret was a stay at home mother for most of her married life, but during the years at Granisle and Topley Landing she worked for the Fulton River Fisheries as a cook and housekeeper and at Totem Lodge as a cook.

She cared well for her family and enjoyed cooking and the needle arts. She was raised in the Christian faith, had an abiding faith in Jesus and served the Lord well through her entire life.

Margaret was a loving wife, mother, auntie, grandmother and great grandmother, friend and neighbour. We all will miss her dearly.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband Milo, parents Knut and Gertrude, brother Lloyd, and sister Gunhild.

She is survived by her two sons, Kenneth (Marlee) and Larry (Susan) and her daughter Brenda (Frank), grandchildren Christopher, Christine (Neil), Andrew (Faith), Michael (Alex), Sarah, Benjamin, and great grandchildren Halley, Asa, Kira, Adelle, Hailey, Larissa and Lucas as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

A funeral service for Margaret was held on July 28, 2014 at First Mennonite Church in Burns Lake. Interment followed at the Burns Lake Cemetery.


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