Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Lucille Delores Larson

Lucille Delores Larson, "Lucy," passed away on Feb. 3, 2009, in Scottsdale, Ariz. Lucy and her husband, Don, owned a residence in Sun Valley since transferring from the New York City area in 1976. They became full-time residents in 1991 upon completion of their home in Elkhorn.

Lucy loved Sun Valley. She was an avid skier and golfer well into her 70s. She especially enjoyed pausing at the top of Bald Mountain marveling at the beautiful scenery. Both Lucy and Don will be remembered as nightly patrons of many of the wonderful restaurants in Sun Valley as well as for enjoying Joe Foss in the Duchin Lounge. Lucy especially enjoyed the summer ice shows and buffet at the Sun Valley Lodge. They were always inviting people to visit "their beautiful Sun Valley."

Lucy was especially devoted to children's causes in Idaho. She was a long-time supporter of the Idaho chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. In addition, she made a large donation to St. Luke's Regional Medical Center in Boise for its pediatric unit, using funds she had saved and invested over the years from the wartime settlement she received from the death of her first husband, who had been a World War II fighter pilot. Additionally, in recognition of the outstanding care provided after Don's stroke in November 2005, she made an even larger donation to the St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

Lucy will be remembered as a fun-loving, youthful, and adventurous person, who loved to travel. She was especially fond of the many independent, strong-minded women in the Wood River Valley. To her credit, she was a loyal friend, staying in close contact with childhood friends and those she made while living in New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. She was able to spend Christmas 2008 in Sun Valley and visited her friends at her two favorite restaurants, the Ketchum Grill and the Pioneer. Though she struggled with Parkinson's disease and chronic arthritis, Lucy always had a big smile on her face when she was in Sun Valley.

She will be especially missed by her son, Don, and by Gregory, Guy and their four golden retrievers, and by her daughter Bonnie Haberle on the East Coast. She is interred with her husband, Donald, at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, Calif. Donations can be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Idaho, 4355 Emerald St. No. 28, Boise, ID 83706, (208) 345-WISH (9474).

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