Jessie A. Larson

Jessie A. Larson

December 01, 1917 - March 23, 2015

Jessie A. Larson

December 01, 1917 - March 23, 2015


Jessie Larson, 97, of San Clemente, California passed away Monday March 23,2015. She was born December 1, 1917 to Otto and Effie Jenkins at home on a homesteaded ranch near the town of Sun River, Montana.

Jessie was married to Leonard Larson of Great Falls, Montana in 1936. In 1940 the couple moved to Grand Coulee, Washington and then to Richmond, California in 1953. She was widowed in 1975.

Upon moving to Richmond, Jessie went to a trade school to learn typing and shorthand and worked for a local equipment company before landing a job as an Administrative Assistant at UC Berkeley Department of Environmental Health. Her work career spanned some 24 years and she retired in 1979.

Jessie moved from Richmond to Laguna Woods in 1987 where she spent 20 years before moving to the Villas in San Clemente and finally spent her last year at a Board and Care in San Clemente. Jessie was always involved with her Church and actively participated in many volunteer efforts such as working at the Saddleback Hospital Thrift Shop. She is survived by her two children, five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Memorial Services in celebration of her life will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday May 2, 2015 at
O’Connor Mortuary, 25301 Alicia Parkway, Laguna Hills, California 92653.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jessie’s memory may be sent to The Braille Institute of America via

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8 responses to Jessie A. Larson

  1. I have fond memories of Aunt Jessie when she came to Montana to visit. My favorite memory is of her teaching my daughter, Quincy, (who was then about 7 or 8 years old) how to play Cat’s in the Cradle, which is a game using a loop of string that Aunt Jessie played when she was a little girl. It is hard to believe that was almost 20 years ago. Aunt Jessie had such a wonderful personality and she was so fun and easy to be around. I loved to see her when she was here!

    Thinking of you,
    Gail Keil Carter (Barbara June’s daughter)

  2. After Jessie retired she came to Montana almost every summer and we had some really good times. She always stayed a couple of days with each of her four siblings and the conversation was non-stop, making up for all the time she was away. She always had more stamina than I and after a busy day she could carry on a conversation until I fell asleep. Every year she would remark that she hoped there would be a thunderstorm while she was here. One summer she and I took a little trip to Paradise Valley and one night while we were in Bozeman we had an epic thunderstorm some of the worst lightening and thunder I have ever seen. She was thrilled and enjoyed every minute of it, just as she lived her life with optimism and joy. We had a very close relationship and I will miss her.

  3. Doug Barr says:

    (Please don’t let Phil read this! He might get the wrong idea) I’m sorry to say that I never had the pleasure of meeting Jessie in person. Yet her son is ‘my partner in crime on the golf course…nearly 3 times a week for the last 15 years. We have so much fun (despite our golf). It has always impressed me how much Phil spoke of his Mother with continued love and respect…and the attention he proudly gave her before and during her decline. It’s been clear to me for years that his strength of character and (most of the time) being such a good person…was grounded in his upbringing, proper guidance and role modeling his Mother provided.. Thank you Jessie, for creating and sharing your son with the rest of us. Rest in peace. (and please, continue to keep an eye on Phil from above. He’ll still need lots of your help.) Respectfully, Doug (and Deanie) Barr

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