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Marilyn Joyce (Ellis) Larsen

November 19, 1928 ~ March 19, 2018 (age 89)

Memorial services for Marilyn J. Larsen, age 89, of Albert Lea, will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018 at Chauncey Barett Garden Apartments Community Room, 7022 Centerville Road, Centerville, MN 55038. 

Marilyn died Monday, March 19, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester.

Marilyn Joyce Larsen was born on November 19, 1928 in Bemidji, Minnesota, the daughter of Claude and Mabel (Zimmer) Ellis.  She graduated from Bemidji High School.  In 1947, Marilyn married LeRoy Larsen and they made their home in Albert Lea.  From this union, seven sons were born.  The couple divorced in 1977.  Marilyn enjoyed sketching and painting and her first job was painting portraits at Christianson Studio.  She then worked in the women’s department at Herberger’s for 33 years.  Marilyn was a devout Christian.  She came from a long line of musicians; her specialty was vocals. In her youth, she sang on the radio in Bemidji.  Marilyn was a voracious reader, a wonderful cookie baker, and enjoyed traveling and going on walks.

Marilyn is survived by her sons, Ron (Judy) Larsen, Denny (Sue Kosmoski) Larsen, Gary Larsen, Terry (Eva) Larsen, Mike (Linda) Larsen, and Steve (Claire) Larsen; grandchildren, Justin, Brandon, Jordan, Thomas, and Sam; great-grandchildren, Myranda, Clayton, Sabrina, Leaf, and Skylar; brother, Junior Ellis; sister, Genevieve Toftum; and sister-in-law, Margie Ellis.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents; son, Donald, in infancy; brother, Bill Ellis; and sister-in-law, Sis Ellis.

Memorials preferred to Albert Lea Public Library Foundation.

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