Age 99 years 9 months 4 days
Mina was born to Herman Roos and Gerharda Jacomina Bergkamp of Coevorden,Drenthe,Netherlands.
The family emigrated to Montreal,Canada,landing in October 1909,and made their way to Medicine Hat,Alberta.
Mina Roos was born in Gronau,Germany,on April 23,1902,to Herman and Jacomina Roos.After emigrating to Canada she met and married John Vlaar,they had three daughters born in Medicine Hat,Alberta,before coming to the United States in 1924. They settled in Coupeville,Mina worked while their daughters attended school.John traveled extensively to Alaska,where he had interests in mining.
John and Mina were divorced in October 1934.Mina applied for citizenship in Island County Washington on September 20,1938.
On August 9,1941 ,in a double ceremony with her daughter Minnie,Mina married Frank E. McCullough.The marriage did not last.
On December 5,1943,Mina married Lyman Larson,they later renewed their vows on December 17,1946.They spent time in Coos Bay,Oregon,where they adopted a son,Roy Larson in August 1951.
Lyman and Mina returned to Washington,settling in Seattle first,and later San de Fuca,where they lived in a small cottage while building their larger home. Mina loved her home with the view of Penn cove.She spent many hours watching the birds,flowers and the bay from her living room window.She enjoyed going to Eastern Washington with Lyman to get apples from the harvest each year,and was known for feeding them to a horse in a nearby pasture.She enjoyed music and played the organ for visitors at her home.She loved animals,and loved to sew.
Preceded in death by her parents;a brother, Johannes Turnis Roos;a sister,Alberdina Jansen and another sister who died in childhood;her husbands,John Vlaar and Lyman Larson;daughters,Minnie McCullough of Spokane,Thelma Swan of Hayward,Calif.,and Julia Armstrong Padgett of Oak Harbor.She loved her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.She had many relatives in Canada and the United States.
Mina resided at Whidbey Island Manor in Oak Harbor,for almost nine years after Lyman's passing.
A private family memorial was held at Sunnyside Cemetery, followed by a gathering at the home of great granddaughter Lori Benjamin in Oak Harbor.
Adapted from her obituary published in the
Whidbey News Times Jan 5,2002
What I remember most about Gramma Larson,happy,smiling and laughing always.Cookies,always cookies !
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