Alice Ann (Beebe) LarsenMay 21, 1923 ~ June 2, 2017 (age 94)
Alice A. Larsen passed into memory at the age of 94 on Friday, June 2, 2017 at Gold Pine Home in Bemidji, MN.
Alice Ann Beebe was born on May 21, 1923 in Moore Township, Stevens County, Minnesota, daughter of Clarence J. and Clara E. (Peterson) Beebe. She attended country school while growing up in rural Hancock, and graduated from Hancock High School in 1941. After graduation she moved to Morris, MN where she worked as a waitress at the Del Monico Café and the La Grand Hotel. She met and married Rupert Larsen in 1942. The couple made their home in Hancock for the next 48 years and raised their 5 children. Alice helped manage the local produce stores in the 1950's, was a Cub Scout den mother for her two oldest sons, and hosted a local TOPS club for several years.
In 1990, Alice moved north of Park Rapids, MN, where she spent her remaining years in her beloved cabin in the woods. A child of the Great Depression, she was a master of the art of frugality and upcycling, making do with what she had. Alice enjoyed: nature; vacationing; the North Shore of Lake Superior; gardening; crocheting; crafting; sewing; canning; feeding her hummingbirds; caring for her dogs, and hosting holidays for her family.
Alice is survived by: her 5 children, Pat Larsen of Herman, MN, Jerry (Liz) Larsen of Hancock, Mike (Vonnie) Larsen of Bethel, MN, Vicki (Kelly) Rinkenberger of Lisbon, ND, and Jeff (Kristy) Larsen of Annapolis, MD; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and cousins, Helen Peterson, Raymond (Helen Jeanne) Beebe, and Betty Kolden. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, 2 grandchildren, a nephew, and her only sibling, Donald Beebe.
Interment was on June 5 at Lakeside Cemetery, Hancock, where family gathered to celebrate her life at a private graveside service officiated by Pastor Julius Miller. Pallbearers were her six grandsons; honorary pallbearers were her six granddaughters and all of Alice’s great-grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements provided by Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home of Bemidji.