Mary E. Larson, 92, of Pecatonica passed away October 18, 2015. \r\r\n\r\r\n She was born September 4, 1923, in Keeler Township, Van Buren County, Michigan, the daughter of George W and H Maude (Stafford) Lawton. She was baptized a Child of God on October 1, 2000, in Rockford, IL, at a Kingdom Weekend. She lived her young life in Michigan, graduating from Lawton (Michigan) High School in 1941 and Western Michigan State Teacher’s College, Kalamazoo, MI in 1945.\r\r\n\r\r\n She married Paul L. Larson on October 22, 1966, in Loves Park, IL. He died April 19, 2009. She was an elementary teacher in Loves Park, Harlem District, for 24 years. She later worked at the 4-S Center teaching English as a Second Language to refugees and as a reporter-photographer for the Pecatonica News Gazette for 10 years. She also wrote a weekly editorial column “Personal Opinion” for 20 years making it possible to express herself, in print, on many different subjects. She was a member of First Lutheran Church, Pecatonica, and held offices in WELCA, Hope-Charity Circle, and served on many committees in the church. She was a former member of the Pecatonica Public Library Board, an election judge, a member of the Pecatonica Garden Club and a charter member of the Pecatonica Historical Society. She was also a member of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority for 35 years, serving as officer in many capacities. Through sorority she made lasting friendships with many wonderful women. She and her husband, Paul, were named Honorary Host and Hostess of Crooked River Days, 1999, by the Pecatonica Improvement Association. At the age of 86 she made her acting debut in the Pec Playhouse Theatre production of “It’s a wonderful Life” and then in “Yes, Virginia There is a Santa Claus”. She served the Playhouse in many capacities. She enjoyed reading, cooking, photography, handwork, writing, birds and flowers, but most of all she loved teaching. She won ribbons at the County Fair for jellies and tablecloths. The family would like to say special thanks to Rose, VNA Hospice nurse, and the staff at Prairie View Assisted Living facility. \r\r\n\r\r\n She is survived by her daughter, Judith Fields, Rockford, a son, Douglas W. Anderson, Columbus, Ohio; four grandsons, James (Katie) and Theodore (Amanda Hutsell) Fields, Christopher and Michael Anderson; three granddaughters, Laura Anderson, Aami (Chad Smith) Anderson and Genevieve (Jared) Hoffmann; six great-grandsons, Cameron, Clayton, & Trenton Fields, Xavior and Malaki Hutsell, and Aleister Smith; and three great-granddaughters, Lucy Anderson, Milah Hutsell, and Claire Hoffmann; one sister, Beth Glynn, Pennsylvania and one brother, George (Beverly) Lawton, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, two brothers, two sisters, two sons and a granddaughter. \r\r\n\r\r\n A memorial service is planned for Friday, November 6, 2015 at 11:00 am at First Lutheran Church, 218 East 6th Street, Pecatonica, IL with the Rev. Nord Swanstrom officiating. McCorkle Funeral Home-Countryman Chapel, 529 Washington Street, Pecatonica, Illinois assisted the family.\r\r\n\r\r\n In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Lutheran Church, Pecatonica, The Pecatonica Public Library or the Pecatonica Playhouse Theatre.