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Kathleen L. Larsen
December 15, 1941 ~ January 27, 2024 (age 82) 82 Years Old
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Kathleen Louise (Spires) Larsen, 82, of Myrtle Point died January 27, 2024. She was born December 15, 1941 in Myrtle Point to Roy and Kathleen (Marsters) Spires.
A beloved wife and devoted mother, Kathy’s love and patience extended to all who knew her. She was quick to hug and would always make time for friends, new and old.
Kathy’s life came full circle on the Echo Valley Century Ranch, homesteaded by her grandparents Lloyd and Emma Spires. She died surrounded by loving family in the house where she was born and would eventually raise her own children.
Growing up on the homestead, everything was tied to family. Kathy and sister Avis lived for summers when older siblings Stan and Eileen would return to the farm with their children. This summer tradition would continue even after Kathy and Avis had their own families, providing strong bonds between cousins who were much like siblings themselves. As a member of the Twin Oaks 4-H Club, Kathy raised animals, including Polk-a-Dot, a favorite jersey heifer.
Kathy began her education in the two-room Norway School and graduated from Myrtle Point High School in 1960. Many classmates became lifelong friends, including Gary Larsen, who invited her to a track meet at age 16. The rest is history. The two married in 1961 and raised three children during their 62-year marriage – Aaron, Laura and Debra. They lived in Corvallis and Albany where Gary began a teaching career, before returning to Myrtle Point and the Echo Valley homestead in 1968. Kathy worked at Myrtle Point High School for 20 years, first as attendance secretary and later in the counseling office. She and Gary retired in 1998.
Kathy loved the beach and visiting new places. She traveled to Europe, Uruguay, Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia and around the United States, to name a few locations. She hiked the Rogue River trail and was the Coos County Fair apple pie winner. An avid gardener, she instilled a love of plants in her children and grandchildren who looked forward to starting seeds with her in the greenhouse.
Kathy was adored by countless friends and family. Her sincere thoughtfulness and kind servant’s heart set her apart. She was a member of the Myrtle Point First Christian Church and volunteered at the Coos County Logging Museum and Myrtle Point Senior Center.
Even as she battled sickness, Kathy’s faith and trust in Jesus remained strong.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents; sister Eileen (Johnnie) Franich; and grandchildren Isabel and Samuel McCormick. She is survived by her husband Gary; brother Stan (Helen) Roberts of Eureka, California; sister Avis (Ron) Cribbins of Bridge; her children Aaron (Carlene) Larsen of Myrtle Point, Laura (Randy) Davis of Carlton, and Debra (Tony) McCormick of Elizabeth, Colorado; grandchildren Cassidy (Jordan) Benn, Kyle (Taylor) Davis, Maximilian Larsen, Raphael Larsen, Jonathan McCormick, Gabriel McCormick and Sophia McCormick; great grandson Jameson Benn; and numerous adoring nieces, nephews and extended family.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Myrtle Point First Christian Church, 511 6th St., Myrtle Point, Oregon 97458. Private burial to be held at Catching Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kathy’s honor to the Myrtle Point First Christian Church.