Virginia "Ginny" Ann Benson Larson
Waxahachie - Virginia "Ginny" Ann Benson Larson, 69, went straight from her husband's embrace into the arms of Jesus on August 25, 2021. Three weeks after onset of COVID-19 symptoms, she passed away in the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Waxahachie, TX. Virginia was born on July 21, 1952 in Duluth, MN.
She graduated from Denfeld HS in Duluth, MN, in 1970. Around that time, she became a born-again believer in Jesus Christ while attending Twin Ports Church in the basement of the Duluth YMCA. She attended college in St Cloud, MN, did solo delivery work throughout northern MN and worked as a telephone operator. In January 1978, Virginia enlisted in the US Army as the Women's Army Corps dissolved and integrated females into formerly male-only Army units. She studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA, in order to become a Russian Voice Intercept Operator (eavesdropper). After long training, she was assigned to the 851st Army Security Agency Company, a tactical unit providing direct support to the 3d Infantry Division, in Würzburg, West Germany. She served as a "Cold Warrior" there until her Honorable Discharge as a Sergeant in June 1981.
She married Ted Larson in June 1980 in Augsburg, West Germany, where Ted served in the US Air Force. For 30 years total, the two of them went wherever the Air Force sent them. They lived overseas in Moscow, USSR; Tokyo, Japan; and Kyiv, Ukraine. Stateside, she created homes in Severn, MD; San Angelo, TX (where she earned her BA in Accounting); Alexandria, VA; Golden Valley, MN (twice); Dale City, VA; Springfield, VA; Duluth, MN; Bolling Air Force Base, DC; and Oakton, VA. After retiring in 2008 she moved to Texas, first to Corinth and then to Waxahachie, both to be close to grandchildren.
Despite 17 moves in 40 years, she was as close as a telephone for her dear ones who wanted to talk. She was a patient, freely-forgiving counselor whose deep faith and gentle ways consistently pointed others toward her Savior, Jesus Christ. With in-depth knowledge and without criticism, she encouraged all to understand Biblical principles and become more mature Christians.
She is survived by her loving husband of 41 years, Theodore "Ted" Larson and sons Theodore "Björn" Larson (Tiffany), Erik D. Larson of Waxahachie, TX and her son-by-choice Fakanah "JoJo" Anthony of Silver Spring, MD. She also leaves behind her two sisters Janet Benson Carlson Campbell of Superior, WI and Jeanie Benson Taylor (Don) of Waasa Township, MN; her grandchildren Elizabeth Ann, Robert "Tor" Theodore, Victoria Lee Christine Larson and Zoey Queen Anthony as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins across the country. She was preceded in death by her father Richard Willard Benson, mother Inez Theresia Norberg Benson Bruley, step-father Alfred Bruley, all of her aunts and uncles as well as two cousins.
Arrangements are by Waxahachie Funeral Home. Visitation will be at Waxahachie Bible Church, 621 Grand Ave N, Waxahachie, TX, at 10:00 a.m. on 8 September, 2021 followed by a Celebration of Life. Burial, with military honors, will be at 1:00 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the The Gideons International or the charity of your choice.
Posted online on August 30, 2021