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Clarice Larson

October 5, 1924 - May 14, 2018

     Clarice M. Larson was born Clarice M. Hovey to Arnie T. and Ethel Hovey in Armstrong, Iowa on October 5th, 1924. Shortly thereafter, the family, including her older brother Arnie E. Hovey, moved to Inglewood California, where she would meet and marry Gordon E. Larson, and raise her family. After the children were old enough, Clarice began a career at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Culver City, eventually working in the investigations unit, collecting delinquent motor vehicle fees. Gordon and Clarice retired to Keizer Oregon in 1989, where they became active members of Peoples Church in Salem.

     A gifted and trained vocalist, Clarice began singing at the age of 4 on the Sunday morning radio broadcast of Angeles Temple in Los Angeles. It was also at this time she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and personal savior, a relationship she maintained and coveted throughout her life. She sang in the choir, and was repeatedly asked to sing solos in church services, at weddings, and at funerals, to all of which she willingly agreed. When she retired from leading the singing at the Peoples Church Senior Sunday School class, she had performed in excess of 2,500 times.

     In addition to singing and playing the piano, Clarice enjoyed knitting, sewing, baking, bowling, swimming, water skiing, fishing, crabbing, and golfing, and excelled at each. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, and was always up for an adventure. Her greatest joy, however, was her children. Her “gifts from God” were her pride, her joy, and her purpose. Everything else was secondary.

     On May 14th, Clarice M. Larson passed into the arms of her Savior. She is survived by Michael Larson son, Vicki L. Powers daughter, Jeffrey A. Larson son, Stacy R. Powers granddaughter, and numerous cousins.
     A brief memorial service will be held at Willamette National Cemetery at 9:30 A.M. on Tuesday, May 22nd.  

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Clarice was a long time family friend, in fact a very close friend of my mother, Betty. Our families enjoyed much time together when I was a child and I remember Clarice as being just about the kindest person I knew. She was a "gift from God"!  Prayers to Mike, Vicki , Jeff and Stacy during this time of loss of their sweet mother.

Many of my fondest childhood memories include Clarice with her beautiful smile! I cherish a photo of Clarice, my Mom Betty,  & myself about 5 years old, enjoying the sunny shore at Clear Lake CA, while our families were on vacation together. She is a blessing to those whose lives she shared, and a life long friend to my Mom!
Blessings to the family,