Joyce M. (Anderson) Larson, age 83, of Golden Valley. Loving wife of 54 years. Devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Lifelong dedication to church service and choir membership. Gifted artistic crafter. Enjoyed traveling and loved time spent with family and friends.
Joyce was born April 19, 1937. She grew up in the Minneapolis area, attending Camden Covenant Church and later moved to St. Cloud and attended St. Cloud Covenant Church. She attended the St. Cloud Teachers College and taught elementary school and later was a special education teacher in a preschool program for 25 years.
Howard Larson and Joyce were married in 1959. Howard worked for Honeywell and his job relocated their family to several places in the United States and twice to Sweden. They had three children: Annette, Philip and Peter. Their family has grown to include seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Howard and their son, Philip, preceded Joyce in death.
She is survived by daughter, Annette (Jeff) Olson; son, Peter (Krista) Larson; daughter-in-law, Debbi; grandchildren: Peter (Amanda), Anna (Michael), Sara (Steven), Lora (John), Bjorn (Sarah), Anders, and Nels; great-grandchildren: Wyatt, Amelia, Wayne, Karl, Gunnar, and Connie Britt; brother, David (Joy) Anderson.
Joyce especially enjoyed being with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Attending their sports and music activities. She also enjoyed reading, crafting and creating greeting cards. She was a member of Salem Covenant Church where she volunteered with childcare for the MOPS program, the Archive Committee, Swedish Singers Choir and church choir. She also served at the Manna Market Food Pantry at Fridley Covenant church.
Memorial Service at 10:30 a.m. Thurs. April 8th at Salem Covenant Church, 2655- 5th St. NW, New Brighton.
Private interment North Star Cemetery in St. Cloud.
Memorials preferred to Covenant Pines Bible Camp or Salem Covenant Church.
Memorial Service will be Livestreamed: https://salem-covenant.church/
T hank you to all who came into our mother's life as family or as friends. She enjoyed and cherished your relationships.
The Joyce Larson Family
Paul Bearers are:
Peter Olson Bjorn Larson
Anna Guziak Anders Larson
Sara Wojanis Nels Larson
Lora Nowak Wyatt Olson
Mom's volunteer and service commitments:
Girl Scout Member
Sunday School Teacher/VBS Teacher
Pathfinders and Trailblazer Leader
Church Choirs from 1953 to 2021
Swedish Singers Choir
Member of The Old Brown Hymnal Society
MOPs, Salem Covenant Church
Manna Market, Fridley Covenant Church
Salem Covenant Archive Committee
Salem Covenant Hospitality Committee
Avid 10,000 Step Walker/Hall Monitor
Covenant Village Aquatic Club