Beth Larsen and Suzanne Wiscombe
This year Mapleton is honored to have Suzanne Wiscombe and Beth Larsen as our Grand Marshalls on Saturday, July 21st. Each of these women descend from pioneers that settled this area. The best of friends, they are often seen walking the neighborhoods together on a daily basis.
Beth Larsen was born in Springville, Utah in June of 1936. She and her husband, Ferrus Larsen, were introduced by his sister when she was seventeen years old. They have 14 children, 58 grandchildren, and 84 great-grandchildren. Ferrus was born in August of 1925 and passed away on June 18, 2013. During his lifetime, he served in both the second World War and the Korean War.
Beth has always been active in the LDS Church and served in stake and ward leadership positions in addition to helping in the community. She currently is a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers.
When asked what strength she has gained from her pioneer ancestors, she quoted, “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
Suzanne Wiscombe was born in Springville on December 1941. She and her husband,
James Elmer Wiscombe, have 7 children, 17 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren. James was born in Mapleton, in March of 1938 and passed away on December 31, 1991 . To this day, Suzanne has cared for two apple trees that were once near a fence, where James would tie his horse while he attended school.
Suzanne has actively served in the LDS Church in stake and ward leadership positions. Suzanne has served in the community including providing flowers at the Mapleton City sign and a long-time member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
When Suzanne was asked about the strength gained from her pioneer heritage, she said, “An optimistic view of life; Do your share and love the people; and be aware how you talk and treat those around you, they are probably your cousins.”