Ella Larsen


(June 11, 2004)

Funeral services will be Wednesday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Powell for long-time Powell resident Ella Veara (Smith) Larsen, 78, who died Friday, June 11 at the Powell Valley Care Center.

Pastor Brett Balfour will officiate at services and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.

She was born July 30, 1925, in Kulm, N.D., to Daniel and Emily (Eberle) Hartman. She was a Powell High School graduate. She was raised on the Hartman homestead since 1935. She lived on the Willwood the rest of her life.

In 1946, she married Luther Ray Smith, and they later divorced. She married Oscar John Larsen on Dec. 21, 1954 in Powell. He preceded her in death on Sept. 9, 1980.

She was a clerk at Coast to Coast Store for 25 years. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and the VFW Auxiliary.

She was a loving wife and mother. She delighted in her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be remembered for her many loving acts, and especially for her love of Christmas and decorating inside and outside. She enjoyed gardening, camping, fishing, traveling to visit family and friends and crocheting. Her love of Christmas made her passionate about collecting Santas.

Survivors include her sons, Luther Ray Smith and wife Bobette of Powell, Michael D. smith and wife Lori of Billings, Mont., Patrick James Smith of Powell and Larry Larsen of Seattle, Wash.; daughters Jean Paul and husband Ernie of Powell and Paulette Johnson and husband Terry of Ogden, Utah; done sister, Mildred (Midge) Albert and husband Les of Billings, Mont.; a brother-in-law, Jack Logan of Powell; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. she was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sisters Linda Muller, Alfreida Logan, Laura Turnbourgh; and a brother, Arnold Hartman.

Visitation will be from 6 p. m. to 8 p.m. tonight (Tuesday) at Miratsky-Easton Funeral Home and one hour prior to Wednesday services.

Should friends desire, memorials might be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church, 223 E. Fifth St., Powell, WY 82435, the Powell VFW Auxiliary or to a charity of donor's choice.