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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2019 3:37 pm

Betty Ann Larsen, age 85 went to her heavenly home on Friday, December 13, 2019 with her family by her side at United Living Community in Brookings.

Funeral services were held 11:00 AM Friday, December 20, 2019 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sioux Falls. Visitation was held on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at George Boom Funeral Home & On-Site Crematory, Sioux Falls where the family greeted relatives and friends from 4:00-6:00 PM with a Prayer Service at 6:00 PM.

Betty Ann Augustad was born on July 25, 1934 in Lake County, SD to John and Laura (Beck) Augustad. Betty was the oldest on three children. She was blessed to have a full and adventurous life. Betty graduated from Franklin High School in 1952 and went on to SDSU graduating with a Home Economics degree in 1956. After graduation, Betty taught at Beaver Creek, MN for two years and then moved back and started teaching at Orland High School in Orland, SD for the next seven years. Betty enjoyed all of her students and remained in touch with many of them.

Betty met Eugene Larsen Sr. and they were married June 17, 1964. To this union four children were born, including triplets. Throughout her life, she was referred to as "The Cake Lady." She made hundreds of cakes for all occasions. Betty was known for her creativity and quality in her cakes. While working outside the home she continued to make these amazing cakes for 49 years.

Betty was a member of the Wentworth Presbyterian Church in Wentworth, SD and was a church organist for 41 years. After she left the work force, she started working as an Avon consultant and enjoyed many friendships she made over the years. Betty was involved in many organizations but continued active in the Wentworth American Legion Unit 0161, Eight and Forty Salon #3 of SD, and Eastern Star O.E.S. Jasper #8.

Betty had the magnificent gift to remember people with greeting cards for all occasions and to share stories with the family and friends.

Grateful for sharing her life are her husband of 55 years, Eugene Larsen Sr. of Sioux Falls; four children, son, John (Gwen) Larsen of Wentworth, SD; daughters, Mary (Rob) Cockrum of Sioux Falls, Phyllis (Chris) Hanisch of Renner; son, Eugene Larsen Jr. of Sioux Falls; four grandchildren, Mariah Hanisch and her fiance, Austin Oyen of Iowa City, IA, Lauren Cockrum of Phoenix, AZ, Amy Cockrum of Sioux Falls, Nicholas Hanisch of Renner; brother, Frederick "Bugs" Augustad of Luverne, MN; sister, Judy Foster of Sioux Falls; and a host of additional relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, John and Laura (Beck) Augustad; sister-in-law, Jacqueline "Jackie" Augustad; brother-in-law, William "Bill" Foster; nephew, Clifford "Cliffie" Augustad; nieces, Melanie Sutton-Lloyd and Kim Shiree Augustad.