SIOUX FALLS — Shirley Mae Larsen, 95, of Sioux Falls and formerly of Wolsey, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Sanford Foundation Cottage in Sioux Falls surrounded by her family.
Her funeral service will be 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 17, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wolsey with interment following in St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 16, at Welter Funeral Home in Huron or one-hour prior to the service at the church.
Shirley Mae Shoar, daughter of Melville and Mabel (Haraldson) Shoar was born June 29, 1922, in Bemidji, Minn. She grew up and attended school in Oakes, N.D. and then attended St. Luke’s Nursing School in Aberdeen for three years.
While in nursing school, Shirley was set up on a blind date which would lead to 72 years of marriage. Shirley married Fred T. Larsen in Washington D.C. September 9, 1944, while Fred was serving in the U.S. Navy as a Lieutenant in the European and Pacific Theaters during World War II. In 1946, they returned to Wolsey, where Fred was a dairy farmer. Shirley was a dedicated farmwife raising their five children. She enjoyed cooking and gardening. After retiring from the farm, Fred and Shirley moved to Marion to be closer to their family and later Sioux Falls.
Shirley was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Wolsey Lion’s Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Wolsey Senior Center, Happy Homemakers Club, and the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Shirley was also the organist and choir director at St. John’s for many years.
She is survived by her children, David (Betty) Larsen of Rancho Cordova, Calif., Gregory (Nancy) Larsen of Marion, Kent (Barbara) Larsen of Sioux Falls, Susan Larsen of Sioux Falls; ten grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Tom Shoar of Napa, Calif.
She was preceded in death by her spouse of 72 years, Fred; son, Frederick (Ted); her parents; siblings, M.H. Shoar, Russel Shoar, Carol (Norris) Stenstadvold, and Betty (Milo) Bresley.