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 Vivian Larson

Vivian Larson

Worthington, Nobles County, Minnesota, USA
Death 16 Jan 2013 (aged 104)
Billings, Yellowstone County, Montana, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 103781077 · View Source
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Vivian Larson was born July 29, 1908, in Worthington, Minn. Her parents were Oscar Larson and Jenny Peterson Larson. She was their only child. She spent her childhood years in Sioux City, Iowa, and attended college at Southern Nazarene College in Bethany, Okla., where she received her Bachelor of Arts in education and history. She subsequently received her Master's Degree in education and supervision from the University of Iowa.

Vivian taught education at Wessington Springs Junior College in South Dakota for eight years and then taught at Seattle Pacific College (now University) for 37 years. She retired in 1972. In 1988 Seattle Pacific honored her by renaming their School of Education office in her name.

Vivian, affectionately known as "Nana" by her family and their friends, adopted her only daughter, Sharon, when Sharon was 5, raising her as a single parent. She never married.

When Sharon married Steve Culbertson in 1977, she remained a part of the home and lived with Steve and Sharon until she moved to St. John's Lutheran Home in Billings, Mont., in 2009. In 1980 she moved with the family from Seattle to Yakima, Wash., and then to Billings in 1984. She lived in Billings until she passed on Jan. 16, 2013.

Vivian is survived by her adopted daughter, Sharon Culbertson (Steve); grandsons Jason Brustad (Tami) of Bremerton, Wash., Bruce Culbertson (April) of Pasco, Wash., Craig Culbertson (Alayna) of Spokane, Wash.; and granddaughter Leslie Henckel (Randy) of Fort Collins, Colo. Her numerous great-grandchildren are Chelsea, Ali, Sage and Skylar Brustad; Melissa, Garrett, Kason and Shay Culbertson; Austin, Dylan and Hayden Henckel; and Stephen, Emma and Michael Culbertson.

She was preceded by her parents, her grandson Robert Brustad and all her friends.

Nana dedicated her retirement years by volunteering at St. Vincent's Hospital, working at The Copper Colander, and mentoring numerous foster children that were cared for in the Culbertson home. She consistently exhibited a sterling quality of serving others. At her death, she was a member of Faith Evangelical Church in Billings and is now enjoying an eternity with her savior Jesus Christ. After sharing her with us for 104 years, Jesus said, "Welcome home, well done, good and faithful servant."

The family extends a heartfelt thanks to LoRae Putnam, who visited Nana every Thursday for three years. Thank you Debbie, Michael, Rita, Ian, MaryBeth and all the staff at St. John's for your loving care.

Memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Faith Evangelical Church, 3145 Sweetwater Drive.


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