April 28, 1934 ~ October 4, 2019
An extraordinary mother, fervent wife, steadfast friend, zealous nature lover, adept musician, gallant horsewoman, poet and writer, Marilyn Ruth Larrabee rode off at the break of dawn October 4, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.
Marilyn Ruth Dennett, born April 28, 1934 to Ruth Knapp and William Dennett, was raised in Auburn, New York atop Owasco Lake, one of the Finger Lakes. While attending Potsdam State Teachers’ College, she met the love of her life, Edward (Ed) Roy Larrabee of Fulton, New York. Marilyn and Ed were married on February 5, 1955 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Auburn, NY. Shortly after, they embarked on their new life together as a military family. During Lt. Col. Ed Larrabee’s Air Force career, Marilyn and Ed lived in New York, Texas (multiple times), Germany, New Mexico, Alabama, Ohio, Wyoming, and finally settled in Bountiful, Utah in 1973.
Marilyn was the mother of 10 adoring children and loved spending time with her 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Mom molded her children by modeling rather than lecturing, being kind, patient, forgiving, and above all, listening. In her tireless effort to be “mom” to all, she was always there for her children no matter how many beckoned.
Marilyn was an attentive and loyal partner to her husband Ed and supported him completely. In addition to her family, Marilyn cultivated countless lasting friendships through her church activities, military spouse group, the Wolf Group, poetry club, and many other involvements.
Music in many forms embellished Marilyn’s life. At a young age she played alto sax in the band. Marilyn was a “pitch perfect” singer who blessed many with her voice spontaneously singing around the house and formally in the church choir.
Preceded in death by her son Matthew Roy Larrabee, Marilyn is survived by her husband, Edward R. Larrabee; her brother, Bob Dennett (Liz); sister Sue Belec (Glenn); brother David Dennett (Mary Ann); her children Stephen E. Larrabee (Mary), Michael D. Larrabee (Julia), Mary R. Larrabee, Roxanne C. Kammerer, Bruce W. Larrabee (Patti), Timothy J. Larrabee (Angie), Paul A. Larrabee, D. Scott Larrabee (Angelique), Sarah A. Davis (CJ); as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A funeral Mass was celebrated October 9 at St. Olaf Catholic Church. Committal: Mount Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Olaf Catholic School.