Jean Larson

Carolyn Larson

Monday, April 7th, 1941 - Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
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There will be an “Open Gym” to celebrate the life of Carolyn Larson, age 79, of O’Neill on Sunday, July 26th from 2:00 – 4:00 in the old O’Neill High School gym. Team Carolyn/Team Twila, Eagle, or any other athletic attire is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the OHS Give Back Fund to support the athletic department. Carolyn passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at her home northeast of O’Neill.

Jean Carolyn Larson was born in Ainsworth, NE on April 7, 1941 to Eugene & Inez (Clark) Schmeichel. The family moved to O’Neill prior to her sixth-grade year. Meeting Jim Larson led to them being high school sweethearts and graduating together in the class of 1959. Jim & Carolyn later married on March 31, 1961. This union brought five children.

Carolyn worked at O’Neill Public Schools for decades. First as a secretary, prior to marriage, later as a cook for the lunch program, and then back to an elementary secretary until her retirement. Her love of sports kept her busy. Several evenings a week were spent in various gyms keeping the scorebook for the OHS Eagles’ Volleyball and Basketball teams. She absolutely loved the bus rides and all the connections she made over the years with coaches, referees, players, and fellow scorekeepers. When she did miss games, it was to attend the activities of her grandchildren.

Carolyn’s schedule was always full and fun-filled. Monday night bowling had been on the agenda for over 50 years, Wednesday night ‘Jokers’ crew was a more-recent ritual, Nebraska Passport, trips shared with friends, monthly OHS retirement lunches at various venues, and those were just the activities in the Holt County area alone. Many miles were traveled heading east and south to spend time with family. Carolyn lived life to its fullest and enjoyed every moment. She always had a smile and maybe a joke or a story for everyone along the way.

Carolyn is survived by her husband of 59 years Jim Larson of O’Neill, NE and their children: Lori Baumert and her husband Mike of Scribner, NE, their children: Mikayla (Kale) Meyer, and their child Graylee; Braydon (Kelsie) Baumert; and Jerica Baumert. Tuff Larson and wife Robyn of O’Neill, NE, their child Tyson (Brittany) Larson, and their children Theodore, Miles, and Dashiell. Jeanna Keller and her husband Steve of Logan, IA and their children Kylie and AJ. Candi Bryant and husband Dave of Hickman, NE and their children: Beau (Payton) Bryant and their child Nora; Alix (Colten) Mach and child Rhyker; Chase; and Rylie. Chad Larson of Lincoln, NE and children Colton and Molly.

Carolyn is also survived by six siblings and their spouses: Ron & Randi Schmeichel of Lincoln, NE, Stan & Betty Schmeichel of Dewey, AZ, Jim & Connie Schmeichel of Fremont, NE, Randy & Becky Schmeichel of O’Neill, NE, Pam & Dave Ames of O’Neill, NE, Jeff & Brenda Schmeichel of O’Neill, NE, and brother-in-law Keith Reynoldson of Norfolk, NE

Carolyn is preceded in death by her parents Gene & Inez Schmeichel, one sister, Sheryl Reynoldson, and niece, Traci Peters.

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Betty Larson

Posted at 08:10pm
You already know what a giving person your mother was. I have a story you may not remember that meant a lot to us. Years ago when MichaelI and Robert were no more than three and one. We came back to O’Neill for a family Christmas. Being a young mom and not very bright at that. I tol my three year old that Santa would come before we went to O’Neil. We opened presents in our own home and then preceded to Nebraska. On Christmas Eve when all the other grandkids were opening presents our boys were not. Thinking they understood why. I was heart broken when they burst into tears and could not understand why they were getting nothing. Your mother disappeared and came back a short time later with a gift for each of them. I will always remember the big smile that truck bought to Michael’s face. Where she found someone to open a store on Christmas Eve. or got the truck, I will never know. She made a heart broken boy’s Christmas and mine as well. I will never forget her kindness. Love to all, Betty, Dean and family.

Karen Johnson

Posted at 11:22am
To Jim and family, I was so saddened to hear of Carolyn's passing! We went to grade school together, in Ainsworth ,until her family moved to O"Neill. We would see each other at some of the O"Neill/Ainsworth basketball games, down through the years and would have a good catch up on our families!! She was always upbeat and loved her family! She will be missed. Karen Greder Johnson

Debra butler

Posted at 12:44pm
I am sorry to hear of your loss. I know Carolyn from the elementary school when my daughter went there. I love her personality and she was amazing with the students telling them I am queen Carolyn that made me laugh. I loved it when she came to McDonald's it had the prettiest smile to and such a kind and loving soul. Go rest high on that mountain carolyn u will be dearly missed by us all to . One day we will all meet again. God has gained another amazing angel to. Rip carolyn.

Debra butler Posted at 12:46pm

I am sorry i mean she had the prettiest smile too

Jackie (Guill) Wade

Posted at 09:00am
Carolyn was such a wonderful lady and a joy to many of us. May her sweet and fun personality live on. Many prayers and blessings to her family and friends.

Randy & Linda Fitch

Posted at 08:07pm
We were sorry to learn of Carolyn's passing. I'm sure you have many fond memories to help you through this sad time.

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