Agnes E. Larkin, 88, of Fort Hall passed away Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at
her residence surrounded by her loved ones.
She was born June 7, 1923, in Gibson to Phillip Pete LaVatta and Bessie Crow. She is a decendant of Chief Tendoy of the Lemhi Shoshoni. She attended Gibson Elementary, Fort Hall Elementary and in 1941 graduated from Blackfoot High School. She went on to study at Kinman Business University in Spokane, Wash., and earned an associate’s degree. She began working at the Spokane Army Air Force Field in 1943. In 1946 she became employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and continued her employment until retiring at age 70. Through the years she worked in New Mexico, Utah and Idaho and enjoyed meeting and dealing with the many people throughout the years.
Agnes played a key role in raising and caring for her grandchildren. In her free time she enjoyed taking car rides, eating at Red Lobster, spending time with her family, watching her grandchildren participate in their activities, and going salmon fishing on the Salmon River. When she was younger she enjoyed riding and racing horses and was the first Fort Hall Rodeo Queen.
Agnes is survived by her sons, Robert Larkin of Gibson and Kelly Larkin of Fort Hall; daughter, Patricia Beaulieu of Portland, Ore.; grandsons that she raised, Pete Larkin and Travis Larkin, both of Fort Hall; granddaughter that she raised, Ashley Rae Larkin; and granddaughters that helped provide care for her, Ileana Larkin and Mavis Hidalgo; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Agnes was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Arnold “Galo” LaVatta and Billy LaVatta; and one brother and two sisters who passed away as infants.
Agnes will be taken to her home on the Agency Campus at 98 Yakima Drive at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2011 and remain there until 5 p.m. at which time she’ll be taken to Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot, for a Traditional Prayer Service at 6 p.m.
She’ll then be returned to her home following services on Wednesday evening and remain there until her burial service on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2011 at 2 p.m. at Mission Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .
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