Ruth Larson Obituary

Ruth C. Larson
Ruth Larson
Ruth C. Larson

March 27, 1918 - March 7, 2007
Born in Madrid, IA
Resided in Madrid, IA
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Ruth Claire (Cederquist) Larson, 88, passed from this life on Wednesday, March 7, 2007, at the Madrid Home in Madrid. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, in the Sanborn Memorial Chapel at the Madrid Home, where the family will greet friends from 9 a.m. until the service time on Saturday. Interment will follow at Hillsdale Cemetery, east of Madrid.

Ruth was born on March 27, 1918 in Madrid, Iowa to C.J. and Clara Bork Cederquist. Her father, nicknamed "Ceder" was an attorney who practiced in Madrid, raising four daughters during the great Depression. Ruth, the youngest, somewhat of a tomboy, was Madrid's Midsummer Queen in 1937. She attended Boone Junior College and the University of Iowa. She worked for the City State Bank and married Homer K. Larson in 1940. Her husband was drafted at the onset of World War II, served until asthma led to a discharge and a move to Arizona to recover. Once the outcome of the war seemed certain, they started their family and returned to Madrid.

Ruth worked with her husband as a bookkeeper for the Larson Agency for decades. She had many interests including gardening, music, travel, Iowa State Athletics, investments, antiques and fishing. She also worked to pass on the family's Swedish traditions, a healthy work ethic and value of education and family. Her sense of humor persisted over the course of her 88 years.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her son, John Walter Larson and his wife Diane of Des Moines; daughter, Linda Larson Melin and her husband Fred of Madrid; six grandchildren, Christopher Larson and his wife Joanne, Jonathan Larson and Benjamin Larson all of California, John F. Melin of Florida, Kristin A. Melin of New York and Melissa Ruth Hudnall and her husband Chris of Madrid; one great-granddaughter, Emma Ruth Hudnall; and a host of friends. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Homer Larson in 1993; and three sisters, Tekla Olson, Esther Rogers and Dr. Dena Cederquist in 2006.

The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to: The Madrid Home.


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Madrid Home Sanborn Chapel
Madrid, IA US
Saturday, March 10, 2007
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Madrid Home Sanborn Chapel
Madrid, IA US
Saturday, March 10, 2007
10:00 AM
Hillsdale Cemetery
Madrid, IA US
Saturday, March 10, 2007