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Idella Borup Larson
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Birth: Aug. 24, 1919
Gem County
Idaho, USA
Death: Oct. 26, 2008
Franklin County
Idaho, USA

LOGAN, Utah - Idella Borup Larson, 89, of Logan, Utah, passed away Monday, Oct. 27, 2008, in Preston, Idaho.
She was born Aug. 24, 1919, in Emmett, Idaho, to William Thomas and Essie Idella Lee Borup. She was raised in Emmett and graduated from Emmett High School. The third of seven children, Idella was known for her sweet and loving personality and her creativity.
She was a talented seamstress and dreamed of going to New York City to become a fashion designer after graduation. Instead, she met Keith Parkinson Larson in a moment she described as "love at first sight." The two were married and sealed for time and all eternity on Aug. 21, 1942, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Keith served in the U.S. Navy and the couple spent their first years of marriage moving around the country, finally settling in Preston. Idella filled her life with church and community service. She served in the Stake Young Women presidency, the Relief Society presidency, the primary and the PTA. She had a close-knit group of friends and was one of the original members of the Pickwick Club.
Idella had a love of words and writing. She earned her master's degree in English from Utah State University and attended Standford to work on her doctorate. She taught English at USU until she was 65 and continued teaching as an emeritus faculty member for five years after that. She was given rave reviews by her students, and was known for her humor and her tough love for USU athletes.
Keith died in 1971 of cancer, after which she moved to Logan. After her retirement, she served an LDS family history mission in San Diego, Calif. She had an adventurous spirit and traveled throughout Europe, China, Israel, Egypt, India and Nepal. She was a wonderful writer and story teller, and often wrote about the places she visited. In her later years she lived in Preston and then moved to the Pioneer Valley Lodge in North Logan, where she was often described as "the life of the party."
Idella's strong faith and testimony sustained her throughout her trials and were a strength to many others. She was generous, wise, loving and humble. Perhaps her best-known trait was her sense of humor - the combination of her quick wit and indomitable optimism was the perfect insurance against bad days.
She is survived by her children, John (Laura) Larson of Chicago, Ill.; Craig (Margaret) Larson of Salt Lake City, Utah; Kristen (Scott) Beckstead of Preston; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Bill Borup, Byron (Margaret) Borup, Keith (Gladys) Borup and Rex (Sharon) Borup. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Keith; a sister, Melba Pope; and a brother, LeRoy Borup.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008 in the Preston 1st Ward chapel with Bishop Brent Dodge conducting. Friends may call Saturday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the church. Interment will be in the Logan Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at
Idella was dearly loved and will be missed. Happy face in the morning, Gram.
Published in Logan Herald Journal from October 31 to November 13, 2008

Family links: 
  William Thomas Borup (1888 - 1981)
  Essie I. Lee Borup (1892 - 1982)
  Keith Parkinson Larson (1914 - 1971)*
  Craig Steven Larson (1948 - 2015)*
  Melba Evelyn Borup Pope (1912 - 2000)*
  William McKim Borup (1913 - 2015)*
  Lee Roy Borup (1915 - 2001)*
  Idella Borup Larson (1919 - 2008)
  Byron Lee Borup (1924 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Logan City Cemetery
Cache County
Utah, USA
Created by: Clella Stiles
Record added: Sep 27, 2012
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Idella <i>Borup</i> Larson
Added by: Clella Stiles
Idella <i>Borup</i> Larson
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Idella <i>Borup</i> Larson
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