RUTLAND — A memorial service for Florence A. “Flo” Larson, 89, who died Sept. 12 at the Rutland Hospital with her family by her side, was held Sept. 15 at the Green Mountain Baptist Church in Rutland.
She was born on Nov. 25, 1922 in Fitchburg, Mass., the daughter of Henry and Alda Tremblay.
Flo was raised in Fitchburg, Mass., and graduated from Fitchburg High School.
She then enlisted with the U.S. Navy and served during WWII as a member of Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service in the Boston area.
She was a member of the WAVES organization all of her life, and was a past Vice Commander of the Vermont State WAVES Organization.
At age 55, she returned to school and went to Castleton State College, graduating with an R.N. degree. She worked for many years at the Rutland Hospital.
She was a longtime member of the Rutland Historical Society. Art was one of her passions and she entered her work at competitions for years, winning many ribbons.
Flo lived with her family in Center Rutland for more than 50 years, before moving to the Colonial Apartments in West Rutland.
Flo was married to Albin W. Larson, formerly of Proctor, until his passing in 1974.
She is survived by her brother, Leo and Gloria Tremblay of Florida; her children, Lindy and Karen Larson of Westminster, Richard Larson and Adrienne Racz of Goshen, Mass., Nancy and David Ferrero of Woodstock, Betty Larson and Bob Philburt of Rutland; daughter-in-law Marilyn (Hilliker) Larson of Clarendon; grandchildren, Kristina (Ferrero) Meduna, Charles Ferrero, Jonathan Ferrero, Andrea (Larson) Flynn, and Erika Larson; and great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a son John Larson of Rutland; and a sister, Yvonne Lizotte on May 13, 2012.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Rutland Historical Society, 96 Center St., Rutland, 05701-4023.
Private condolences can be sent to the family at www.barnardfuneralhome.com.
This obituary first appeared in the September 20, 2012 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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