Elizabeth Ammons Larsen, the daughter and sister of former Colorado governors and the widow of the state's highest ranking military officer during World War II, died Monday in her Denver residence. She was 96.
Graveside services and burial will be at 9 a.m. today in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. No local services will be held.
Born Dec. 6, 1893, in Denver, Mrs. Larsen was the daughter of Elias M. Ammons, who served as governor from 1913 to 1915. Her late brother, Teller Ammons, was one of the youngest men ever to become governor of Colorado. He was elected in 1937, shortly before his 40th birthday, and served until 1939, when he was defeated by Ralph Carr in a bid for a second term.
Mrs. Larsen married Henry L. Larsen in Denver on Nov. 25, 1913.
He served 33 years in the Marine Corps, retiring in 1946 as a highly decorated lieutenant general. Gen. Larsen accompanied the first U.S. troops to land in France during World War I, commanded the first combat troops to leave the United States after the attack on Pearl Harbor, was the first military governor of Samoa and was the first commander and military governor of Guam, where he led215,000 troops in the defense and occupation of the island during World War II.
The author of several military textbooks books and one of the pioneers of amphibious warfare, Gen. Larsen was Colorado's highest ranking officer during the war. After his military career, he was appointed by Gov. Dan Thornton as Colorado Civil Defense director, a position he held until his retirement in 1959.
Gen. Lucas died in October 1962.
Very active socially, Mrs. Larsen was a member of the Denver Country Club and the Junior League.
"She grew up in Denver and was very socially prominent," said Margaret McLellan, a longtime friend. "If there was an important social event, she would be there."
Mrs. Lucas had no immediate survivors. LIB2
Rocky Mountain News (CO)
Date: July 27, 1990
Record Number: 9002070481
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