ELK RAPIDS — Anita Arlene Larson, age 86, of Elk Rapids, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at Munson Medical Center. She was born Oct. 3, 1926, in Montcalm County, to Julius and Anna Hansen.
On May 15, 1948, Anita married the love of her life, William A. Larson. Anita dedicated herself to raising their four children and managing life on their farm in Ionia.
After moving to Brighton in 1974 Anita became a highly successful real estate agent with the Michigan Group.
She and William retired to their beautiful home on Elk Lake in 1994. She treasured visits there with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed traveling with William.
Anita was active in the Ionia Methodist Church, Literary Club and Child Study Club. She played on golf leagues at the Ionia and Elk Rapids country clubs. She was a member of the Elk Rapids First Presbyterian Church and a former member of the Garden Club.
Anita was an accomplished seamstress and always an avid Bridge player.
Anita will be greatly missed by her husband of 65 years, William Larson; children, Gale (Lainie) Larson, of Grand Ledge, Joanne Pretz, of Manassas, Va., Nancy Glines, of Bethlehem, Pa., and Neil (Karen) Larson, of West Palm Beach, Fla.; her grandchildren, Kristina, Kevin and Kyle Glines, Katherine Condon, Anne Reboredo, Joanne Johnson, John Pretz and Mark Pretz; and great-grandchildren, Clara, Meghan, Humberto, James, Lillie, Patrick and one on the way.
She was preceded in death by her parents, four siblings and son-in-law, John M. Pretz.
William and his family wish to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of the Munson Medical Center Seventh Floor Stroke Unit for their kind, personal care.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, 2013, at noon, with visitation one hour prior, at the First Presbyterian Church in Elk Rapids.
Memorial contributions in Anita’s name may be directed to Munson Hospice and Elk Rapids AmVets.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Elk Rapids.