Beulah Barbara Lundquist Larson


Barbara Larson passed away at the age of 83 on Sunday, June 6, 2021 at Tiffany Court Assisted Living in Walnut Creek California.

Beulah Barbara Larson was born to Victor and Ella Lundquist in Willmar, Minnesota on August 25, 1937, the youngest of 12 children and the last remaining sibling. In 1957, Barbara married James Lee Larson, of Litchfield, Minnesota. Jim was in the US Air Force, stationed in Massachusetts where their daughter Michelle was born in 1957. Jim went to work for Univac and they traveled around the country. In 1961, in Colorado, their daughter Melanie was born. In 1962, they settled in Concord, California near Jim’s family and their daughter Robin was born in 1964.

Barb and Jim bought their first house in Concord, moving to Alameda in 1968. Mom spent the next forty years in Alameda before starting her gypsy life again! In Alameda, Barb was active in the community. She was an awesome baker of cookies, rosettes, and BREAD, loved sewing, crafting, and gardening.

Barb and Jim were active in the American Guild of Organ Technicians and the StarCraft Camper Club. Though Barb was not a “camper” she loved the outdoors, especially the coast. Barb went back to work at the age of 40 until she retired from Mervyns Department Store. In retirement she traveled all over the United States by Amtrak even visiting Graceland. She loved trains!

Barbara was preceded in death by her husband James Larson in 1982, her parents, 6 brothers, and 5 sisters. She is survived by her daughters, Michelle (Charles) Larson-Speir of Vallejo, CA, Melanie (George) Swift of Shadow Hills, CA, Robin (Dwight) Hasbrouck of Seaside, CA; grandchildren Joshua Goode, Matthew and Emily Speir, Wesley Hasbrouck, and great-granddaughter, Melanie Selegrath. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews in Minnesota and across the country and by her beloved Larson family.

Barbara will be missed by her family and friends. Special thanks go to the staff at Tiffany Court Assisted Living and the wonderful team of Hope Hospice who made her final days peaceful.

No services are scheduled. Her daughters Michelle, Melanie, and Robin will scatter her ashes on Mom’s birthday in August, through the Neptune Society.

Mom was a lover of animals! If you would like to make a donation in her name, she was a big supporter of the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter

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