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Roberta Larsen

Mar. 23, 1940 - Apr. 19, 2020

Date of Service: Apr. 25, 2020

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RUPERT – Roberta Egbert Larsen, age 80, passed quietly from this life in the early morning of Sunday, April 19, 2020.

Born to Anna Marie Egbert and named after her father, Joseph Robert Egbert, on March 23, 1940, Roberta began her life in Pocatello, Idaho. The seventh of eight children, Roberta came home to a house full of measles (which she caught) followed by whooping cough (which she also caught). Her sister, Sheila, remembers her as a fragile, but happy child.

Roberta started school, timid and frightened, but soon made friends and began to enjoy life. One of Roberta’s earliest memories was going across the street to play with a friend. Indeed, she had many friends and said she had a “happy, fun time” growing up. In her early teens, Roberta learned to jitterbug and enjoyed live bands at weekly stake dances with her friends.

Roberta’s family was not a wealthy one and she learned early to work hard and to appreciate the simple joys of life. She walked everywhere, to school, to town, to movies, baseball games and the local DQ. Her brother, Jay, taught her to drive, most probably in a borrowed car as her family did without a car of their own much of the time. Roberta remembers being excited and looking forward to two new pairs of shoes each year, a regular pair as school began and a dress pair received on Easter Sunday. Roberta learned from her mother to make a game out of every chore, to quilt, to love others and to always share her M&Ms.

She met the love of her life, Larry Welker Larsen, and was married at the young age of 17. She said she found out too late that Larry couldn’t jitterbug, she already loved him. Though admittedly not a great dancer, Larry was known to take a turn around the kitchen floor with Roberta, to the delight of their children. Larry and Roberta shared many adventures together as they raised their seven children. They traveled the United States, including Hawaii, visited Europe and, after Larry’s retirement, served two local Latter-day Saints service missions and an office mission together in West Virginia, a highlight of Roberta’s life.

Roberta was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and gave many years of service in many callings, serving in the Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations. Roberta also enjoyed serving in the Twin Falls Idaho Temple with her husband. In the years before we all communicated via technology, Roberta, who loved art in school, made countless posters advertising church and community events and was always willing to share her talents. Roberta loved flowers and planted many. She also enjoyed receiving flowers, saying, “They always cheer me up!” Roberta loved quilting, reading good books, and sending and receiving cards in the mail. She taught her children the Gospel, taught them to respect others, to support their loved ones and to remember in the tough times that, “This too, shall pass.” She taught her children to work hard and do “first things first.” She also taught them to play games, work puzzles and appreciate a good quilt and a good laugh. Larry and Roberta enjoyed nearly 63 years of marriage before Roberta’s passing and would like to have enjoyed many more. One day, no doubt, they will joyfully reunite on the other side. Roberta said she felt lucky in her older years. She was proud of her children and grandchildren and each of their accomplishments. Having graduated one semester short of a high school diploma herself, she valued her children’s education highly and was especially proud of all her college graduates.

Roberta was preceded in death by many whom she loved, including her parents; five of her seven siblings; two grandsons; and many cherished family members and friends. She is survived by her husband, Larry W. Larsen; a beloved sister, Sheila Taylor; and her youngest brother, Jay Egbert. Roberta is also survived by her seven children, Leanne (Alan) Tanner, Rick (June) Larsen, Steven (Sherry) Larsen, Janet (Myron) McClellan, Terri (John) Hokanson, Amy Carter and David (Erin) Larsen; her 36 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren, bringing her family total to a grand 95. Every grandchild and great-grandchild was welcomed into the world with a quilt from Grandma Larsen, who adored each and every addition to her family. With so many family members and many other friends to share her love with it is no wonder Roberta’s heart simply wore out in the end. She will be loved and cherished by each loved one left behind, and her children and grandchildren will strive to follow her example of kindness, thoughtfulness, perseverance and love.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to Roberta’s doctors and to all the kind nurses who helped to care for her during her several hospital stays in the last year. They would also like to thank all those at Hospice Visions, who helped to care for Roberta and her family with such kindness in her last days. And, of course, we would like to thank Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home for their thoughtful consideration of Roberta and her loved ones. Thank you for helping us to honor Roberta in a fitting way, even in these challenging times.

We love you, Roberta, Atrebor, Berta, Mom, Grandma, Great-Grandma and Grandma Great, wife, mother, sister and friend - oh, how we will miss you! Thank you for sharing your beautiful life with such love.

A public visitation will be held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, April 24, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a viewing is allowed as long as only one person, or members of the same household, enter the viewing room at a time. The funeral home will assist in guiding those wishing to attend the visitation.

A graveside service for family and friends will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Rupert Cemetery. The Governor’s Social Distancing Requirements will be followed. A live webcast of the Graveside Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/o3IwetFzihk

Condolences for Roberta Larsen

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From Russ & Sally Holland:
Roberta was such a wonderful person. Friend to everyone, loved by so many. She will be missed. Our prayers are with her family. Her love lives on in each of you.
From Bob & Linda Murdock:
Roberta will truly be missed. She brightened any room she walked into. Her beautiful smile and loving ways endeared her to everyone. We will cherish the happy memories we shared with her. May your family be blessed with peace and comfort in the coming days. Larry we will keep you and your wonderful family in our prayers.
From Marcy Herbig :
I remember going to church and Roberta always smiling and asking how am I doing, She was so amazing and wonderful. My heart goes out to her family and friends. And keep on feeling her love forever.
From Richard and Jody hansen:
We were stunned to hear of her passing. The thing that comes to mind though is “well done thou good and faithful servant”. We should all aspire to live her example. Our condolences and love and appreciation to all
From Sally Riley:
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Roberta’s passing. She was a beautiful person and an influential young women’s leader in my life. She was always kind and loving and raised a great family. She will be missed and I hope her family will be comforted in her absence. Sending love and prayers to her family.
From KriSan R. Hardcastle:
So sorry to have Robertta gone. We enjoyed laughing together and we had a lot of fun. It's good to know that eventually we will see her again.
From Wes & Evelyne Schow:
So glad we took the time to visit Larry and Roberta a few months ago. When the Larsens don’t come to church you know something is wrong! All seemed well at the time so it was a shock to hear Roberta passed in her sleep - a beautiful way to transition into the next life. Besides caring for her growing family, she led
church organizations and was humble and kind to all. She’ll be greatly missed by her friends and family, especially Larry who we love also.
From Anna Marie Rees:
It has been so tender this week remember all the sweet memories of Aunt Roberta that I have. She has always been the sweetest, kindest Aunt, welcoming in every way. I loved visiting at their house and will never forget her darling little laugh! I love you all and send my prayers and love at this time.
From Cliff & Sally Holbrook:
Roberta will be greatly missed. She was cheerful, fun, caring and a wonderful friend. Larry our hearts go out to you and your family. May the Lord bless and comfort you until you meet again.
From Jean Phillips:
Roberta was a very close friend which I loved so much. I served as her counselor in the Relief Society. We had many temple trips, lunches, and many ,many fun times. She was such a caring and loving person to everyone she came in contact with. She will always be a great example to me. She loved each of her children and grandchildren. I remember every year her preparing for her huge Christmas Party for her family. We would spend hours thinking of ideas to make them fun. I also remember her always making quilts for each of you,a true labor of love. I am so so sorry to each of you. I am sure your heart is breaking. May you each be comforted , I love you all. What a beautiful legacy she has left.
From Heidi Campbell:
Always made time for Roberta and Larry! They are both such wonderful examples to me. Thank you for sharing her with me. I will forever remember her.
From Troy and Lou Anne Young and family:
To the Larsen family. We are sad to hear of you wife/mother passing. We loved Roberta and her sweet smile and kind words and we love all of you. We offer our deepest sympathy and comfort.
From Rob Larsen:
I have always enjoyed Roberta and will always have fond memories of times together with uncle Larry and Aunt Roberta. You have a wonderful mom and a great example. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.
From Layne and Janie Rutschke:
Larry and Family
Janie and I want to offer our condolences at the passing of Roberta. We were shocked to hear of her passing. The last time we saw them she seemed so healthy and full of live. I have known Roberta for most of my life and she was always such a nice person. Kind, joyful, and fun to be around. She will be greatly missed by all those whose life she has touched. Larry, my heart aches for the loss of your family companion. I wish times were different and I could give you a big hug. We love you , and pray that you and your family may feel the loving arms of our Savior wrapped around you accompanied by his comforting spirit in the days ahead. Layne and Janie Rutschke
From Louise Christensen:
Love your family. So many fond memories.
From Ken and Bonnie Fronk:
Larry and Family,
I send my sincerest condolences. May all your memories give you peace and enjoyment. My heart goes out to you. Ken and Bonnie Fronk
From Todd & Kelly Williams :
I am in shock to hear of Robertas passing. I was Robertas visiting teacher for several years and loved visiting with her when we lived in Rupert. I went to school with Janet and Terri is in my ward now. Hugs and prayers to all of the Larsen family. Roberta was a sweet lady who will be missed dearly.
Kelly Williams
From Charleen Allred:
So sorry to hear this...such a special friend and many treasured memories...from my whole family.
From Shanyn Thiebaud:
Terri, so sorry to hear of your mom's passing.
From Lyn Ann Arnell:
Larry, we are so sorry to hear about Robertas passing. Our love and prayers to you and your family.
From Linda Egbert Birch:
So sad to hear of Aunt Roberta, she was so kind and always had a sweet smile whenever I saw her.. I love you all, and send my condolences.
From Lewis Roberts:
Larry and family, Harriet and I offer our sincere condolences in your time of sorrow. We wish you the Saviors comfort and peace through your trials of the passing of your wife and mother. Lew and Harriet Roberts.
From Jeanne Roberts:
So sad to get this sad news. Love to uncle Larry and all my cousins. Prayers and comfort to all.
From Cleo Gallegos:
Larry and family you are in my thoughts and prayers.
From Janell Ahern:
Dear Larsen Family - I am so sad to know that Roberta has left us. She was always so sweet and smiling and welcoming to everyone. She and Larry have raised an incredible family and I hope the comfort of the Savior will accompany all of you at this time.
From Esteban Hernandez and siblings:
To the Larsen Family, thank you for your friendship and kindness shown to our parents (family) as we have known you for so many years in the Rupert community. Blessings of peace and comfort attend each of you at this time.!
From Ivana Hanners :
Leanne and Rick, I am sorry of your mother's passing. I hope you will feel the love from your friends and family. May our Heavenly Father comfort you and your families at this time.

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