Viola Larson, age 93, of Cokato, one of God’s good and faithful servants, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Wednesday, March 1, 2017, following complications from pneumonia.
Viola’s Celebration of Life will take place Monday, March 6, at the Albion Evangelical Free Church, 11480 5th Street NW, Cokato, with visitation at 1 p.m., followed by the service at 2 p.m.
Arrangements are with Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Cokato & Howard Lake; www.swansonpeterson.com.
Viola was born Feb. 11, 1924, in Milwaukee, WI, to Joseph and Ruth Willett. She dedicated her life to her Lord’s work, and at an early age, set her goals to serve Him wherever he needed her.
Viola graduated from St. Paul Bible Institute with a degree in Christian ministry.
She married Wallace Larson, whom she met at school. They married May 30, 1945, in Sandstone, and began a lifelong Christian ministry as pastor and wife to churches in Annandale, Fairmont, Arthur, IA, Rapid City, SD, Rochester, Clover, and Albion.
After her husband passed away in December 1986, Viola lived in the Annandale/Cokato area and is no doubt known by the entire community for dedicated church work, portrayal of “Mrs. Noah” and “Queen Esther,” and her wonderful portrayal of the nice old lady who taught everyone about history at Pioneer Park in Annandale.
Viola played the piano for her final hymn sing at Heritage place in Cokato Feb. 25. Everyone so enjoyed her ministry of music, and she always provided a full repertoire of favorite hymns, to which everyone enjoyed singing along. She was a great fan of Fanny Crosby, the famous hymn writer; and she featured Fanny’s songs in all of her mini concerts.
Viola was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Joseph Willett; and her loving husband, the Rev. Wallace Larson, with whom with she is now happily reunited.
She is survived by her three children, Dr. David Larson, of Bennett, CO, Dean Larson, of Auburn, CA and Linnea Raasch of Dassel; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren spread out across the country who will miss her dearly.
She was a wonderful example and inspiration to all her family.