SAN LEANDRO, CALIF. - Iria Helen Large, a former resident of Bremerton, passed away on Nov. 13, 2008, in San Leandro.
Born as Irja Helena Toikko on Dec. 25, 1913, to Amanda Lassila and Henrik Toikko, in Pernaja, Finland. At two years old she emigrated with the remainder of her family to join her father in Michigan. She was raised in logging camps in Naselle and became a U.S. Citizen in 1938. Her determination to master both languages created a passion reflected later in her careers. She married Stanley Large in 1937 and they eventually made their home in San Leandro, Calif.
She had a great love for her family and a strong conviction of traditional family values. She kept mentally alert with activities like the NY Times crossword puzzles, Scrabble, and contract bridge and kept physically fit, danced and loved music, especially classical.
As an executive secretary, she worked for the Alameda Naval Air Station during World War II, Kaiser Aircraft, the David D. Bohannon Corp. and Kaiser Steel. She rode BART on its maiden run to work.
In December 1973, she and her husband became members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They were devoted to their faith and supported community functions.
Survivors include her daughter, Linda (Lyn) (Jimmie) Hooker; her son, Don (Cindy) Large; grandchildren, James (Roxanne) Garza, Mike (Rechelle) Garza, Brian (Rosann) Garza, Jennifer Hooker, Jeffrey (Regina) Large, Gregory (Laura) Large, Marina Large, Veronica Large, Eric Large, Sterling Large, Jane (Jeff) Golden, and Greg (Carla) Carvalho; and 18 great-grandchildren. Her husband Stanley and hrt sisters, Ella Koski Randall, Anne Shade and Vieno Hill preceded her in death.
A memorial service was held at the LDS Church in San Leandro, on Nov. 22, and interment was at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in Naselle, next to her husband. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Peaceful Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 47, Naselle, WA 98638.