LARSEN, Lillian (Lil)

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February 12, 1923 – May 25, 2013

Lillian Eleanor Larsen, a lifelong rancher and breeder of purebred Limousin cattle, passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Mount Royal Care Centre, Calgary, May 25, 2013, in her 91st year. She was the daughter of the late Elna Sophia Larsen (nee Nielsen) and Fredrick Halbert Larsen of Symons Valley, Alberta. Lil was predeceased by her brothers Albert (Winifred nee Grainger-Stirling) in January 1944, Edward (Adelma nee Zuccolo), in 1988, Clarence in 2007, her sister Frances in 1991, and George Nelson in 2007; a life long family friend, and 70 year ranch hand. She is survived by one sister-in-law Wilma, eight nieces and nephews, and their families. Lil will be greatly missed by her family, and friends of the upper Grand Valley and Bottrel / Dartique area, past and present, as well as former employees. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of the Mount Royal Care Centre for their exceptional care of Lil; especially those on the 4th floor. A Celebration of Lillian’s Life will be held at St. Andrew’s United Church, 128 First Street East, Cochrane, on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 2:00 PM with Reverend Ray Goodship officiating. A Private interment has taken place at St. Andrew’s Cemetery, Cochrane. If friends and family so desire, memorial tributes in Lil’s memory may be made to a charity of choice.

  1. On 29/05/2013 at 9:05 am Jo-Ann Miller Said:

    My dad Buck and I loved visits with Frances and Lilian . Lilian was a great lady and had the respect of many people in the community. She will be well remembered and greatly missed. My heart sympathies go out to Lilians family.
    Jo-Ann Miller(Buck Millers) daughter.

  2. On 29/05/2013 at 6:40 pm George Fox Said:

    With the passing of Lil, and thinking of her sister Frances and George Nelson too, I am saddened how much good is gone. Like so many of that generation, and especially the ones that opened up and built the ranching communities like Grand Valley they seemed to always give more and expect less than we all do today. If anyone ever defined that old saying “find what you love to do and you’ll never work a day in your life” it was her. Those old cows were like pals, and she worked so hard looking after them with Frances and George slinging bales in the summer and calving them out every spring. It was definitely what she was meant to do and in her great life she showed us! God Bless you up in Heavens pastures Lil, your memory shines bright with the Fox Family.

  3. On 30/05/2013 at 1:30 pm Gerry Smith Said:

    I had the great pleasure of working with Lil over the past 19 years. I looked forward to any trip to her place, in part for the drive to the beautiful country that she lived and worked in, but more for the priveledge of working with someone who truly cared for her cows, who tolerated no nonsense and had no reservations saying what she thought, but who was also full of life and humour. I respected her greatly and will miss her.
    Gerry Smith

  4. On 30/05/2013 at 4:46 pm Vince Demosky and Family Said:

    It is with deepest regret that I hear of Lil’s passing. We have lost a very unique individual in our lives.

    From watching her separate cream in her separator when I was a boy, to watching her give orders to us years later during a cattle drive, Lil was always in charge.

    Lil was not always business though. What impressed me most about Lil was her love of children. In my last meeting with her in April, the first thing she asked me was “How is your boy?”. So I answered. Then she asked me “Does he still play music?”. I answered again. She never asked another question.

    With deepest regret, but fond memories.

    Vince Demosky and family

  5. On 30/05/2013 at 8:25 pm Brian Larsen Said:

    Despite not seeing Lil in many years, I have plenty of fond childhood memories of visiting her and Frances at their ranch.

    Let us hope that the next life brings Lil such beautiful surroundings and fulfilment as this life has.

  6. On 31/05/2013 at 8:18 am Bart Demosky and Family Said:

    It was with great sadness I heard the news of the passing of our family Matriarch, Lil. Lil personified the independent western rancher – someone who loved what she did and did it her way. She defined a purpose for herself, and pursued it with passion for her entire life. I have many fond memories of Lil having had the good fortune of spending quite a bit of time with her, Frances and George out at the ranch. Lil loved the simple things, whether it was fishing the creek, herding the cattle, sharing a good meal with family, or a game of horse shoes in the yard. It’s undeniable though that Lil’s greatest love was her cattle. Having taken the risk with her sister Frances to start a Limousin herd, and being successful at it, gave her such a tremendous sense of pride. Her fondness for naming her bulls after the men in the family speaks to the pride she had in her family as well. Perhaps my fondest memory of Lil came last summer, just days before she went into hospital when my wife and I spent the afternoon with her out in the field inspecting the new calves. The joy she had of seeing them was something to behold.

    We will miss you Lil. Bart Demosky and Family.

  7. On 03/06/2013 at 10:01 pm Elizabeth McGoldrick Said:

    Marvin, Molly and the entire Larsen clan, we in Molly’s family in the east hadn’t met Lil but have heard many colourful stories about her and her unique life, especially for a woman. We certainly can see from her picture that she was a real character too and a real loss to your family. I am sure she is sitting up there in some pasture looking down and likely laughing at how life has unfolded. She as at peace now. Elizabeth McGoldrick and Don Patterson, Ottawa.

  8. On 04/06/2013 at 9:57 am Joanne McGoldrick Said:

    Marv, Molly and family – Tom and I would like to extend our deepest condolences at the loss of your Aunt Lil. From what I’ve learned, she was quite an exceptional woman. She was very lucky to have the help and support of you and your entire family. The eulogy that Marv wrote was very heart warming and really makes me sorry that Tom and I never met her, especially since we share something in common now that Tom and I raise our own cattle and have great respect for each one of them, as Lil did. May she rest in peace. Joanne (Molly’s sister) and Tom, Ottawa, Ontario.

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