Jean R. Larson of 4266 South Shore Drive, Clear Lake, died Saturday January 11, 2014 in the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit of North Iowa, Mason City, Iowa. Private family interment services were held January 14 at Riverside Cemetery, Marshalltown, Iowa where Jean attended school, married and raised her family.
Born April 21, 1930 in Butler County, Iowa, Jean Rowley moved to Marshalltown at an early age where she was educated in the Marshalltown public school system. She enjoyed playing piano and organ at church as a substitute. On June 10, 1950 she was united in marriage to James R. Larson in the United Methodist Church of Marshalltown. She and her husband had four children. Jean dedicated her life to her family as a homemaker but still found time to be an active member of the Marshalltown Jaycettes, Marshalltown Assistance League, Marshalltown Rotary Ann's, Deaconess Hospital Auxiliary as well as delivering "meals on wheels" and other volunteer activities as a resident of Marshalltown, Ames and Clear Lake. Jean enjoyed working outside in her garden and with her flowers and was also an avid reader. Through the years she supported her children and husband in their diverse activities and organizations.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Keith and Neva Rowley. She is survived by her husband, James R. Larson, two sons and their wives, Jami Larson (Teresa) of Ames and Todd Larson (Becky) of Clear Lake and two daughters; Kimberli Kelly of Clear Lake and Lori Hamblin (Roger) of Ames, also a sister Alice Pentz of Marshalltown, nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, consideration might be given to memorials in Jean R. Larson's name to the Hospice Of North Iowa Center, The Clear Lake Arts Center or Opportunity Village.
Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 101 N. 4th St., Clear Lake, Iowa, 50428, 641-357-2193. ColonialChapels.com