Funeral services for Iris Fern Larson, of Ardmore, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Lone Grove Cemetery with the Re v. David Gardner officiating. Family visitation will be from 7 to 8 this evening at the Harvey-Douglas Funeral Home. The family will receive friends and have refreshments before the service at noon at the Ardmore Elks Lodge at 2526 South Commerce in Ardmore.
Iris was born November 30, 1933, in Lone Grove, Oklahoma, to the late A.V. and Catherine (Bumpass) Arnold. She died on June 8, 2013, at an Ardmore, Oklahoma, nursing facility .
Iris was raised in Midwest City and Lone Grove, Oklahoma, graduating from Lone Grove High School. She attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University for two years before marrying Mel Larson, who was stationed at the Ardmore Air Force Base.
They moved to his home in New Jersey where they lived for two years. They returned to Ardmore, where she worked as a bank teller for two years. They then moved to Norman, Oklahoma, where they both graduated from the University of Oklahoma. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in education.
They then moved to Denver, Kansas City and Memphis, before returning to Ardmore where she taught in several schools. She received her master’s degree in education and started teaching in the Lone Grove Elementary School as a fifth grade teacher in 1978. She taught there for almost 20 years before retiring in 1996. During these years, she had a positive influence in the lives of hundreds of students.
She rarely went to Walmart without one or more of them talking to her about the times when she was their teacher and she always remembered them by name.
She loved to sew, quilt, play bridge and do family genealogy. She was a former Elkette with the Ardmore Elks Lodge and was of the Baptist faith.
Her parents preceded her in death, as well as, her grandparents, Claude and Dona Arnold and Claude and Basil (Carter) Bumpass.
Iris is survived by her husband, Melvin of the home; sons, Edward Larson and wife, Sarah of Edmond, Oklahoma, and Paul Larson and wife, Deanna Larson of Norman, Oklahoma; daughter, Cathy Boydston of Ardmore, Oklahoma; grandchildren, Harley Boydston and Casey Boydston of Ardmore, Oklahoma; great-grandchildren, Tyson and Logan Boydston of Ardmore, Oklahoma; cousins, Betty Magar of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Gayle and Kenneth McCaskill of Ardmore, Oklahoma, Gurnie and Betty Bumpass of Collierville, Tennessee, and Ann Bumpass of Lone Grove, Oklahoma; and her loving dog, Maggie of the home.
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The family would like to thank the Elmbrook Nursing Home family for all of their compassion towards Iris during her stay.
Online condolences may be sent to www.hdouglasfuneralhome.com.