Barbara Peterson Larson

Barbara Peterson Lar-

son, 90, died July 16,

2019, at a Bismarck hospi-


A memorial service will

be held on Friday, August

16, 2019, 11:00 AM at the

First Presbyterian Church,

214 E Thayer Ave,


There will be no visita-

tion, cremation has taken


Interment will be at

Rosehill Memorial

Cemetery in Minot.

Barbara was born in

Kenmare, ND on July 19,

1928 to Harry and Althea

Preston. She attended

school in Kenmare then

graduated from Williston

High School in 1946 after

moving there with her

parents. She was a

member of the Kappa Al-

pha Theta sorority at the

University of North Dako-

ta, Grand Forks. While a

student there, she met her

future husband, Kermit S.

Peterson. They married in

1949 and made their

home in Minot. Kermit

died in 1966. In 1976,

Barbara married Harvey

C. Larson and moved to

Bismarck, where she lived

until her death.

In both Minot and

Bismarck Barbara was en-

gaged in many social and

community activities. She

was a member of PEO,

Fortnightly Club, an in-

vestment club, and gour-

met club in Bismarck. She

served as an elder in the

First Presbyterian Church

of Minot and later the

First Presbyterian Church

of Bismarck. For many

years she worked as an

aide during the North

Dakota legislative ses-

sions. She was active in

the Minot Republican

Women’s Club and served

as a delegate to the 1968

Republican National Con-

vention. She was a

past-president of both the

Minot Symphony League

and the Bismarck-Mandan

Symphony League. With

her close friend Helga

Gonzalez, she complied

and edited “The Prairie

Collection Cookbook” as a

benefit for the

Bismarck-Mandan Sym-


For more than 50 years,

she spent the summer at

her cottage on Lake Meti-

goshe in the Turtle Moun-

tains. Her 4th of July par-

ties, with a patriotic pro-

gram followed by food

and fireworks, were a

highlight of each summer.

She loved playing bridge,

especially with her Down

One Bridge Club at the

lake. Throughout the

summer she enjoyed

visits from her children

and, for many years, her

sister-in-law Anna Del-

son. At the end of each

season Barbara made

chokecherry jelly from

hand-picked berries. In

2018 she entered her jelly

in the Bottineau County

Fair and was awarded a

blue ribbon.

Barbara enjoyed discov-ering new cultures and

cuisines and traveled ex-

tensively around the

world. Here first trip

abroad was to Europe and

Iceland in 1961 with Ker-

mit. This was followed by

many trips with her friend

Mary Brosnahan, includ-

ing one trip to China not

long after it opened to

tourism, and trips with

Anna and with her chil-

dren. She also loved cook-

ing and entertaining, was

an early fan of Julia Child,

and enjoyed reading cook-

books and trying new re-

cipes. In recent weeks,

she worked on perfecting

her lemon meringue pies.

Barbara was an avid

reader and had an un-

bounded zest for life to

her last day. She will be

deeply missed by those

who shared in her life.

She is survived by her

children Stefan (Shanti),

Eden Prairie, MN, Sara-

jane (Nicholas) Woolf,

Santa Barbara, CA, Seth

(Jane), Bismarck, ND, and

Sabin, Crystal, MN; her

grandchildren Katie (Pa-

trick) Meier and Emma

Peterson, both of



Vishant (Emily) Shah,

great-grandchild Sahil of

Memphis, TN; Kathryn

(Brian) Shah, great-

grandchild Sidney of San-

ta Barbara, CA; sister-

in-law Anna Delson, New

York, NY, and her four


Barbara was preceded

into death by her parents;

her husbands, Kermit S.

Peterson, Harvey C. Lar-

son; her step-grandchild,

Benjamin Woolf; and her

beloved pets-her

schnauzer, Conrad, and

her cats, Grover and Jelli.

In lieu of flowers the

family suggests memorials

to the First Presbyterian

Church Child Care in

Bismarck of the charity of

your choice.

Go to www.east

gatefuneral.com to share

memories of Barbara and

sign the online guestbook.