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Phyllis Larrick
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Phyllis Larrick, 80, died on Monday, Feb. 21 at the Alexander Cohen Hospice House with family by her side.

She was born May 31, 1930 to Allen D. Perry and Lucille G. (Copeland) Perry in Stockton.

Raised in Michigan Bluff and Modesto, she graduated from Modesto High in 1947, MJC in 1949, and University of CA at Davis in 1951 and then moved to Waterford, in 1959.

She was Miss Modesto in 1948 as well as a Rodeo Princess in Salinas. A lifelong horsewoman, she taught horsemanship for many years, and also was superintendent of the horse department at the Stanislaus County Fair for over 30 years. She was involved in the Stanislaus County 4-H program for almost 50 years, mainly in horse projects. She taught at Hickman School for almost 20 years and was instrumental in getting the charter school off the ground.

In 1986 Mrs. Larrick and her husband started TMR Christmas Trees, and they were very involved with the California Christmas Tree Association. She loved to square dance with the Waterford Huffers & Puffers and was a member of the Waterford-Hickman Volunteer Fire Dept. Auxiliary, the Modesto Rangers Riding Club, and the Ag Pavilion committee. She lived her life at full steam ahead for over 80 years.

Survivors include her husband of almost 57 years, James M. Larrick; her children, Michele (Patrick) Feeney, Marcia (John III) Boer, and J. Matthew (Debbie) Larrick; grandchildren John (Elizabeth) Boer IV, Robert J. (Morgen) Boer, Jennifer (Jeremy) Golding, Jacob Larrick, Erinn Pinkston, Will Feeney and C.J. Finney; great grandchildren, Taylor and Destiny Pinkston, Morgan, R.J. and Benjamin Boer and Paul Golding; and her cousin Donna Vollmer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two cousins, Ellen and Ed, and also her beloved mini dachshund Wiley.

Celebration of Life service will be on Sunday, March 13 at the Ag Center -Harvest Hall at 2 p.m., 3800 Cornucopia Way in Modesto.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to Stanislaus County 4-H for a future scholarship in her name, Community Hospice, or to the Alexander Cohen Hospice House.

Arrangements by Deegan Chapel in Escalon; there is an online guest book available for you to share your memories or condolences; visit the website at

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

March 2, 2011