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Meadow Cemetery
Tuesday December 8th, 2015
6:00pm - 8:00pm

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Fillmore 1st & 4th Ward Chapel
Wednesday December 9th, 2015
9:30am - 10:30am

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Funeral Service

Fillmore 1st & 4th Ward Chapel
Wednesday December 9th, 2015

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Fillmore 1st & 4th Ward Chapel
Wednesday December 9th, 2015

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Verdeen Larsen

 Verdeen Roe Larsen, 85, passed away Thursday, December 3, 2015. She was born in Stone, Idaho on April 19th, 1930.  She attended a one-room schoolhouse in Stone until she began high school.  Her early school years were spent either walking, or riding to school on horseback.  During her freshman, sophomore, and junior years, she attended Logan High School.   Her senior year, she attended and graduated from Bear River High School in Tremonton. 

She developed a love of horses at a very early age.  Verdeen was always eager to help her father herd cattle.  Her horsemanship skills were put to the test in the first Oneida County Rodeo held in Southern Idaho.  Her abilities brought home the title of Queen. 

As a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, she served in various church callings.  Primary teacher, Cub Scout leader, and Relief Society President were a few, but her favorite was ward librarian, where she served for nearly two decades. 

After high school, she moved in with her sister and brother-in-law in Oakland, California.  She worked in Oakland as an overseas telephone operator.  While there, she met and married Darwin J. Larsen, who was serving in the Army at the Presidio of San Francisco. 

Settling in Southern California and starting a family, they eventually felt the need to move back to Utah and ultimately made Fillmore their home. 

As part owner and operator of a clothing store in Fillmore, Verdeen eventually decided there wasn’t enough time to do the things she loved, so she sold the business and went back to working in her garden.  Her gardening skills were legendary.  Her gardening abilities and eagerness to share her knowledge of flowers and plants, have helped many over the years. 

She is survived by her husband Darwin J. Larsen; three sons, one daughter:  Eugene (Michele) Larsen of Fillmore, UT; Eric (Vickie) Larsen of Fillmore, UT; Lorrie (Chris) Brod of Ferndale, WA; Brett (Lynda) Larsen of Logan, UT; one sister: Monette;  16 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  She is preceded in death by her parents:  William Ray and Lola Eliza Roe, and by her siblings: Weston, Russell, John, Rayola & Virginia.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 11:00 am in the Fillmore 1st and 4th Ward Chapel.  Viewings will be held Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Wednesday prior to the service from 9:30 to 10:30 am both at the 1st and 4th Ward Chapel.  Interment will be at the Fillmore City Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com

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Well I certainly don't remember the day when Verdeen came to live with us, but I remember her living with us. I remember he working at the telephone exchange on Telegraph Ave. and I remember her taking us to lunch across the street at Kasper's hot dogs, which I later found out was started by an Armenian refuge from the Turkish pogroms between the 1st and 2nd World Wars. I ended up going to school with the son of that man.
I also remember going to the movies with her at Grant Movie Theatre on Telegraph Ave. in Oakland.
The passing of Verdeen has brought back many memories. It saddens my heart and my soul to hear this news.
Fond wishes of condolences to my cousins and uncle. Mark

Mark Palmer Dec 9 2015 12:00 AM

Aunt Verdeen, we will miss you. I still remember that Saturday night in March 1995, when my college friends and I crashed at you house in Fillmore, after crashing our car on I-15 (darn ice!). Having a large extended family is a wonderful thing.

Joshua Walsh Dec 9 2015 12:00 AM

I am thinking of you all today. Seeing this picture of Aunt Verdeen reminds me so much of my mother. Oh, how much I enjoyed your family visits to our home and our visits to yours. There was always a great deal of laughter and many fun times. Verdeen was always a gracious lady, kind and loving towards all of us. I was pleased to read of her legendary gardening in the obituary. Grandpa and Grandma would be so proud! May the Lord's blessings be with you today and always. Many good wishes and much love to you.

Kent Dec 9 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Uncle Jim and cousins (Gene, Eric, Lorrie, and Brett);
I'm so sad I could not be there with you at the services today. My heart and my spirit are there. Not many things cause me to spontaneously burst into tears but this one did ... not only because I cannot see her again in this life, but also the conditions of her death are so heart-wrenching. I take comfort in the fact that her family was able to be with her at that time. I take comfort also in the many happy experiences I've had with Verdeen.
She was our Aunt but she was also like an older sister to us. Danna and I watched her go through dating, casually and seriously, her engagement and marriage to Jim, and her early family years. She was someone I always felt close to. She came to live with us in Oakland, California when she was 19, but we had lived with Verdeen when we were babies. Our father, Gerald had written to Verdeen when he went into the Occupation of Japan, after he and Mom had moved into a house in Logan with toddler Danna and me to come in April. She went to Logan High, because he asked her to live with and help our mother Rayola. She was like an older sister to us, and a great example of kindness and patience.
We grieve with you all, because we know that such a mother and wife will be sorely missed by everyone. My heart is there with you and my prayers go out to you that you will find solace and God's comfort in your loss.
With my love and affection, Ginger and family

Virginia Palmer Findley (Ginger) Dec 9 2015 12:00 AM

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An INDOOR GARDEN BASKET was sent on December 8, 2015

This little basket is a small token of our shared sorrow at the passing of Verdeen, your mom and wife, our aunt. We pray that you will be comforted in these days and the weeks and months to come, by your knowledge of our Savior and His love for you and her. Danna, Ginger, Mark, Kent, and Bruce

Expression of Sympathy Dec 8 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. We know our Heavenly Father will give you the strength . our hearts are with you and your family.

Mark and Silvia Diaz.

Mark and Silvia Diaz Dec 7 2015 12:00 AM

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A SHADES OF ELEGANCE was ordered on December 6, 2015

Expression of Sympathy Dec 6 2015 12:00 AM