Patricia “Pat” Fae Larsen, late of Oungre, SK passed away May 6, 2022 at 84 years of age.
She was predeceased by her husband LeRoy Marvin Larsen; her parents, Albert and Dolores Sampson; her infant son Terry; her sisters, Elaine Sampson and Fran Uhrich; father and mother-in-law, Harold and Josie Larsen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Lavern and Betty Larsen; sister-in-law Patsy (Johnson) Sampson; nephews, Barry Larsen and Loree Larsen.
Pat is survived by her sons, Randy and Blaine; granddaughter Sydnie Larsen; brother, Marvin Sampson and children: daughter, Sheri (Shannon) Luoma: [Mason, Easton, Kylen]; son, Shawn (Nadine): [Austin, Jackson, MacKenzie]; brother-in-law Brian Uhrich and children: son, Devin (Breanne) Uhrich [William and Lucy]; daughter, Tracy (Vince) Strem [Stanley and Charlie]; niece, Jo Ann Larsen and children: Mark Larsen; Toni (Kody) Hartung [Olivia and Kinley]; Andrea Larsen [Kaydence and Parker]; nephew, Dwight (Brenda) Larsen and their children: Rhett (Julie) Larsen [Holden and Aubrey], Kirk Larsen; Janelle (Allen) Lockwood [Sloane, Piper, Lainey]; Derek Larsen; Kent Larsen; nephew David (Diane) Larsen and children: Ashley (Ryan) Steblyk [Ryley and Theo]; Ryan (Erica) Larsen [Jordynn and Brooks]; Brenden Larsen; Dustin Larsen; nephew Stephen (Tesa) Larsen [Reid and Reghen]; brother-in-law Lloyd (Norma) Larsen and children: sons Owen, Curtis, Perry [Lauren, Lindsay and Luke]; as well as several cousins and many dear friends. Pat will be sadly missed!
Patricia (Pat) Fae Larsen was born Friday, February 17, 1938 at the McAlpine farm just two miles southeast of Oungre. She was the first-born child to Albert and Dolores Sampson. A little sister, Elaine was born in 1940, but passed away in 1955 due to a congenital heart disease. Her brother Marvin was born January 15, 1948 and her baby sister Fran was born March 19, 1950.
In 1944 the family moved from the farm into Oungre, purchasing the house where Dr. Brown had lived. Dolores taught school in different school districts in the area, and Albert farmed. Pat attended school in Oungre from grades one to twelve and after graduation moved to Regina, where she took a secretarial course at Balfour Tech. She got a job at the Medical Arts Clinic in the X-Ray Department, working there for about two years. She roomed with several different friends during that time, and they shared many new experiences together leaving them all with many fond memories!
Living in the same small community, Pat and LeRoy Larsen would have likely known OF each other for years but started going out together after they both attended a dance in Lake Alma early in 1958. Pat and LeRoy were married on July 8, 1960 and first lived on the farm of Pat’s Uncle George Sampson south of Bromhead, then selling that to move to LeRoy’s parent’s home quarter half a mile east of Oungre in 1969, when his parents moved to Weyburn.
Their first son, Randy was born in St. Joseph’s Hospital September of 1961. Blaine was born April of 1963 and a third son, Terry was born in August of 1966, but sadly he only lived one day. In 1970 they moved a brand new house into another part of the yard where they would live for the rest of their lives, with the exception of a few winters that were spent in a house that Blaine built in Weyburn.
Hamar Lutheran Church played a big part in their lives, the boys being baptized and confirmed there, as well as the whole family attending weekly services there. Pat joined and was very involved with the LCW (Lutheran Church Women). She also joined the Souris Valley Ladies’ Group and did her part there, usually the last one to leave the building, never wanting to do less than her share of the work! Family, friends, church and community were always the most important things in her life!
Pat was always a hard worker, keeping the yard immaculate and the house spotless, and the meals always wholesome and tasty! Her homemade buns, cookies, donuts and brownies were her specialties; not to mention her sour cream raisin pie on July 1st. She welcomed company any time and was always a doting hostess! She would even take in Andrea whenever she would run away from home after having a fight with her sister, and show up unannounced with her packed suitcase on the handle bars of her bike! After Pat turned 65 years old, she made weekly trips to Weyburn to get groceries yes, but really, we think her main purpose was to get her hair done! Eventually it became well known to almost everyone around her (it seemed!!) that Thursday was Pat’s “Hair Day” and she could be found with her sister-in-law Betty, as well as many good friends (just whoever could make it) at the Dairy Queen, having lunch and visiting! This little tradition continued until just a short time before her passing! Those visits meant so much to Pat!
After a trip to Hawaii that Pat and LeRoy made in 1977, confirming her long-time fear of water and flying, and also a serious new allergic reaction to hot sun that she developed, Pat decided she most enjoyed just staying closer to home, with occasional shopping trips to Regina and Minot being some things that she really loved to do!
Randy attended grade 1-12 at Lyndale School at Oungre, graduating there, then taking Agriculture at the U of S in Saskatoon. After working with LeRoy a few years, he bought some farm land of his own, eventually buying out his Dad and taking over the family farm, and later growing it as well. Blaine attended Lyndale School Grades 1-9, then 10-12 at Weyburn Comprehensive School boarding with Grandma & Grandpa Sampson, and playing hockey on a travelling A team. After grad he attended Kelsey Technical School in Saskatoon, concentrating on woodworking and going on to run his own business. Blaine got married in July of 1993, and the birth of their only grand-daughter, Sydnie Taran, on October 9, 1995 was a highlight for Pat and LeRoy both! It was a great day when they would get a call saying that Sydnie was coming from Alberta to spend some time with them at the farm!
LeRoy passed away May 8, 2010, after a four-year bout with Alzheimers disease. Pat continued to live at the farm, although many friends and acquaintances often encouraged her to move into a Condo in Weyburn. But no! She was happy just where she was!
Pat never liked to be too demanding of others! This is maybe best illustrated by the following: One night early in December of 2018, Pat had mixed up a batch of overnight buns for the Hamar Christmas supper the next day, when she collapsed at home. Randy called the First Responders, and an ambulance was soon dispatched to take her to the Weyburn General Hospital. As they were about to take her out of the house on a stretcher, one of the First Responders asked Pat if there was anything else she needed. In a quiet little voice she said, “Well maybe someone could punch those buns down again?” That gave everyone there a good laugh!
She had an accident in the yard at the farm which involved the riding mower and a combine, that she came away from pretty much unscathed! She knew it could have had a very serious outcome, and always gave God the credit for watching over her! In August of 2020 she had a bad fall in the house, shattering her right shoulder, which required a delicate surgery in Regina, followed by a hospital stay and a lot of physio-therapy appointments in Weyburn, followed by the dreaded exercises, once she was released from hospital. Six months later, the surgeon said he was quite amazed at how well she had recovered her mobility after all that -and at her age!
One week after her 84th birthday, Pat was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Before long she was unable to force herself to eat much at all, and between that and two chemotherapy sessions, she became very weak and frail. Through it all, Pat’s faith always remained strong, even during such a trying time! In mid-April she was hospitalized in Weyburn where she was able to enjoy many nice visits from family and friends. Only 17 days after being admitted to hospital for the final time, Pat passed away peacefully in her sleep, just the way she would have wanted: quietly and without fanfare. She was a great lady who will be remembered by everyone who knew her, as kind, gentle, loving and caring! We are ALL blessed to have had her in our lives!
A Funeral Service for Pat was held Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. at Hamar Lutheran Church in Bromhead, SK with Pastor Cicely McDougall officiating. Pallbearers were: Steven Hansen, Kody Hartung, Mark Larsen, Rhett Larsen, Shawn Sampson and Devin Uhrich.
Interment was held at Bromhead Cemetery, Bromhead, SK.
For family and friends so wishing, charitable donations in memory of Patricia may be made to the: Bromhead Hamar Lutheran Church, Box 91, Oungre, SK, S0C 1Z0 or the Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina, SK, S4P 2R3.
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