Alice Ryba Larson, homemaker, dies at 88

Alice Ryba Larson


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Alice Ryba Larson, an Arlington homemaker for more than five decades, died Dec. 1 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was 88.

The cause was a stroke, said her granddaughter Amy Larson.

Alice Ryba was born in Lankin, N.D., and grew up on her family's farm. She worked at a bank in her home town before moving to Salt Lake City and then to the Washington area in 1961 for her husband’s government career. When her children were growing up, she volunteered with their Little League, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts activities.

Her husband of 60 years, Carl A. Larson, died in 2007. Her son Allan C. Larson died in infancy, and her son Gary L. Larson died in 1995. Survivors include two children, James Larson of Fairfax Station and Margit Ann Taylor of Falls Church; four grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.

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