Rose Alice (Jay) Larson

Rose A. (Jay) Larson, 95, Prairie Farm, Wis., formerly of Rock Falls, died peacefully Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at Pioneer Health and Rehab, Prairie Farm, with all three of her daughters by her side.

She was born April 29, 1924, at the farm in Ladysmith, a few minutes before her twin brother, Raymond. She was the daughter of Erskine and Kate (Ryan) Jay.

Growing up during the depression formed the basis of a thrifty and productive life. She lived life to the fullest and led an amazing life for a woman from her era. Even with all of her accomplishments in the military, in education and in the community, her proudest moments were the simple things with her daughters and their families.

Rose graduated from Ladysmith High School and joined the United States Navy on her 20th birthday to become a Navy W.A.V.E during WWII. She also worked for the resident general at the Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. She was always so proud of her service to our country.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison in home economics education. She returned to Ladysmith to teach for a few years before moving on to teach Betty Crocker Cooking schools up and down the East Coast, and throughout the Midwest.

On May 24, 1958, she married Everett Larson at the Congregational Church in Ladysmith. They farmed near Rock Falls for many years. Everett was Rose’s twin brother’s roommate at UW-Madison, and that led to the perfect introduction and courtship!

Rose returned to school and earned a master’s degree in reading education. She was the Title 1 reading specialist for Durand schools for about 25 years. She continued to further her education and completed many courses in the doctorate program of education.

During her free time and retirement years, Rose enjoyed sewing, knitting, gardening, cooking and baking, volunteering at Rock Creek Lutheran Church, and anything she could possibly do to help her girls and their families. She also loved traveling and made it to every state but Alaska.

Surviving are daughters Kathryn Larson of Eau Claire, Peggy (Todd) Miller of Ridgeland and Leslie (Dean) Frisle of Prairie Farm; grandchildren Keke Larson (Joshua LeCleir), Karlye Larson, Trever (Dawn) Miller, Ben Miller (Jess Kennen), Michelle (Richard) Johnson, and Allissa, Justyne and Gina Frisle; great-grandchildren Alijah Larson, Bryce and Brayden Miller, Caitlyn and Kroy Miller, Jordan and Brady Kennen, and Mason and Mya Johnson; a brother-in-law Robert Larson; a sister-in-law Lillian Jay; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

She was honored to be known as a grandmother to Nelson, Erika and Jill Fossum; and was blessed with special Rock Falls neighbor families Don and Georgia Wollum (Dan, Dave, Mark, Andrea) and Jerry and Diane Nolan (Michelle, Brenda, and Stephanie). They were such help and comfort to her, especially when living alone for 25 years after Everett passed.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1989; brothers Ken (Greta) Jay, John (Anne) Jay and Raymond Jay; a sister Kathryn (Harold) Peavey; brothers-in-law Don (Zelda) Larson and Leslie Larson; and sisters-in-law Erma Sturz and Jean Larson.

Services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, from Rock Creek Lutheran Church, with Rev. Bethany Walker officiating. Burial with full military honors followed at Rock Creek-Meridean Cemetery.

Visitation was held 4-7 p.m. Monday from Goodrich Funeral Home, Durand, and an hour prior to services at the church.

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