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Jessie Elmetta Larrington was born in Lucas County to Charles and Olive (Marker) Chandler Feb. 21, 1925. She received her schooling in Lucas. In 1943 she married Verland Boo Larrington, who she loved dearly and they made a great pair. Together they milked cows, raised hogs and kept a chicken house full of chickens. They raised six children Verlene (Dave) Reyers, Gloria Shelton, Trudy (Mike) Stock, Karol (Dave) Siemer, Verland Jr. (Teresa) Larrington, and Peggy Larrington.

Jessie remembered John L. Lewis visiting their shared birthplace, Lucas, Iowa, and handing out candy to the kids. She became a union member herself, working at Gross-Galesburg where she served as Union President and Chief Shop Steward. With other union members she once picketed downtown Chicago in front of a department store that carried non-union clothing. The Black Panthers even joined in the fun. She led successful strikes, gaining more rights for workers.

She enjoyed politics and keeping well informed. She always supported causes that built a better future for generations to come.

Her late husband, Boo, often joked that she ran a home restaurant because she loved cooking meals for anyone who stopped by.

Jessie was also a devoted, long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Chariton.

Left to mourn Jessie are her children, 16 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren, sister Barbara and many family and friends. They were loved so much.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband Boo, two sisters, one brother and one great-granddaughter.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Monday, Feb. 6, 2023 at the Fielding Funeral Home in Chariton, Iowa. Visitation was held one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Interment was held following the services at the Chariton Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Chariton Public Library. On line condolences may be left at

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