Obituary: Larned, Elisabeth Anne
LARNED, Elisabeth Anne Elisabeth Anne Larned died peacefully at home May 6, 2013. Born on February 28, 1924, she was the daughter of Edmund and Leona Chaney, of Portland, Oregon. One of eleven children, her family lived on a bluff overlooking the Willamette River. Her father logged the cedar forests in Northwest Oregon. Mom was a candy striper nurses’ aide at Multnomah County Hospital and was selected as a Rose Festival princess while she was in high school in 1941. After graduating from a business school in Portland, she went to work at State Farm Insurance. Mom met her future husband, Harry Larned, on a blind date arranged by Johnny Pesky (future Boston Red Sox legend) when Dad and Johnny were on leave from the Army Air Corps during training and visiting Portland. Mom and Dad were married in 1944 and moved to Spokane Valley. When Harry and Elisabeth opened the Sports Creel in 1954, Mom became the store’s accountant, a position she held for many years. During that time she also provided tax assistance for several stores in Spokane. Together they raised seven children (Rick, Lin, Tom, Kate, Russ, John, and Allen) and are now blessed with 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. An enthusiastic tennis player, skier, and gardener, she also loved a challenging game of bridge, frequently hosting the bridge club at home. Private memorial services will be held. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her name to the Shriners Hospital for Children (Attn: Donations, Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210) would be appreciated.