Vivian Larson


Vivian Larson, 91, of Argyle, MN, after a very long and full life, died on Sunday, January 23, 2022, in North Valley Health Center, Warren, MN, with her husband and family at her side.

Vivian Vandetta Sparks, one of five children born to James Alvis and Edith (Southward) Sparks, was born on February 12, 1930, in Marlow, Oklahoma. Raised during the dust bowl, Vi’s mother died when she was 10 years old. Her father moved the family to New Mexico and later to Livingston, CA to be near his parents. After graduating from high school, Vivian’s life circumstances left her a single mother to five children by the time she was 29. In 1961, she had the great fortune to meet a young Minnesota native and teacher just returned from the Army, Allan Larson. Pretty soon the two were inseparable. When the couple headed to a family function (with five kids in tow) it became clear that getting married would make life a whole lot easier. One spur-of-the-moment, lightening-speed drive to Las Vegas later; including a borrowed dress, hemmed in the car by her sister, and borrowed rings; the two were married on June 11, 1962.

By 1965, it eventually became clear that the family was ready for a change. After a cross-country road trip, all seven Larsons piled out of the ‘61 Chevy in Argyle, MN, where Al had secured a job teaching and coaching football. Vi’s next years were spent tending to her most precious gift and greatest achievement: her children. From 1969-1987, she worked at Valley Coverall as a mender. Vivian excelled at sewing and handcrafts her whole life. She was active at St. Rose Catholic Church, and was a longtime member of its sewing-circle. In addition, she served as Past Regent, Vice-Regent, and Financial Secretary of the parish’s Catholic Daughter’s of America.

Vi is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Al; children, Richard (Suzi) Larson of Virginia Beach, VA, Steve Larson of Little Falls, MN, Edith (Bill) Bartels of Moorhead, MN, Patsy (Jerry) Whitlow of Argyle, and John (Anita) Larson of Thief River Falls, MN; 14 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Gorman Sparks, Odetta Cook, Bernice Nelson, and Twana Wheeler; daughter-in-law, Voni Larson; and in-laws, Warfield and Iris Glimsdahl.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 10:30 AM, in St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Argyle, MN.

VISITATION: Friday, January 28, starting at 5:00 PM; Prayer Service at 6:30 PM, in St. Rose Catholic Church; and one hour prior to Mass.

INTERMENT: St. Rose Cemetery, Argyle.

GUESTBOOK: www.DuBoreFuneralHome.comDuBore 

Funeral Home of Warren, MN.

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