Marva Fae Larson
Fae, as she preferred to be called, was the daughter of Victor Josephus and Maggie Irene Metcalf Smith. She was born Nov. 9, 1919, at View, Cassia County, Idaho, the sixth daughter in a family of seven girls. After graduating from Burley High School in 1938, she attended the Albion Normal Teacher’s College at Albion, Idaho, until she married the love of her life, Floyd Davis Larson, on Nov. 22, 1939, in the Logan Utah LDS temple. Before his death in 2006, they celebrated 66 years of marriage.
Following their marriage, they made their home in Burley, Idaho, near Floyd’s parents, where he farmed with his father for some time and Fae began the task of raising a large garden and lots of kids. Eight eventually joined the family. As the family grew, they moved to an 88-acre farm on the west side of Burley and then to the Grandview Addition east of Burley. A foster daughter, who came to live with them while in high school, was added to the family, and Fae loved her as her own. To supplement the family income for the growing family, Fae worked as a school lunchroom staff member and then as head cook for many years in the days when all the meals were “homemade.” The kids could never get enough of her fresh bread or cinnamon rolls.
She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served valiantly in many callings over the years. Once the family was all grown and having families of their own, Fae and Floyd served an LDS mission at Winter Quarters, Neb., in 1985 and 1986, where they served as visitor center directors. Sister Larson was a wonderful cook and, along with her many duties, could be found cooking meals for the young missionaries who had just arrived or were short on money and long on month. And just like at home, the cookie jar was never empty.
When she was young, she enjoyed writing short stories and poetry. Fae loved to garden, especially roses. Canning was an art form, with fruit placed in the jar for a pleasing appearance as well as being tasty, and her sons and daughters were all instructed in the cooking skills. Baking cookies and Christmas candy were among her specialties. She was known for the compassionate service which was rendered freely to one and all. But her favorite interest was loving her kids, grandkids and their families. Family always came first. She leaves behind an enduring challenge to carry on the legacy that she and Floyd began.
She is survived by three sons, Lynn (Linda) of Orem, Utah, Larry (Phyliss) of Burley and Neal (Delann) of Paul; five daughters, Patricia Bodily and Evelyn Dayley (Jay), both of Layton, Utah, Louise Martindale (Vern) and Irene Thomas (David, deceased), both of North Salt Lake, Utah, and Jan Larson Frandsen of Melborne, Fla.; one foster daughter, Sara Donkersloot (John) of central Idaho; 39 grandchildren; 94 great-grandchildren, with one on the way; 10 great-great-grandchildren, with three on the way; and one sister, Nelda Lowder of Rupert. Fae was preceded in death by her sweetheart, Floyd; her parents; one grandson; two great-grandsons; and five sisters.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Burley LDS 2nd Ward Church, 515 E. 16th St., with Bishop Clay Handy officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, and one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery. Services are under the direction of Sereni Care Funeral Home, directors Larry and Arvin Hansen.
The family wishes to give special thanks to the staff of the Avalon Care Center of Bountiful, Utah, for the loving care Fae received during her illness.