January 30, 1922 – December 14, 2017
On December 14, 2017 we had to surrender our beloved mother, LaRena Adsit to the arms of our Lord. LaRena was born on January 30, 1922 in Chadron, Nebraska to James and Margaret Young. LaRena was our super hero with the super powers of unconditional love; endurance and generosity. From her earliest days she had these powers, as she and her family made it up from Chadron after the death of her mother to her Uncle Charley’s ranch in Kirby, Montana to make a living on the ranch; to live and thrive through the depression years. To get an education, she had to board out and work to receive her high school diploma in 1939 from Hardin High School in Hardin, Montana. She moved back to Chadron for college where she received her teaching certificate. She moved to Montana to marry Thomas Adsit, the love of her life on October 19, 1940. She moved to a cabin on the Adsit ranch which she built into the home where she lived for 77 years. Using her super powers, she and Tom built a ranch and raised six children and welcomed 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and great, great grandson to loving arms. LaRena had a number of hobbies she used to pass the time for her 95 years. She loved to have coffee with family and friends, (the door was always open), fishing and being in the outdoors, traveling and seeing family and friends or just seeing something new. LaRena loved babies, (anyone’s baby). She loved sewing, knitting, crocheting, canning, gardening and was an avid reader. LaRena was self-taught. If she wanted to do something she would; from learning how to build, do electrical work, to learning the grass seed business, she did it. LaRena welcomed all that came to her house with a smile that showed that super power of unconditional love and by the way she lived her life day to day showing her super power of endurance. She overcame many hardships, the death of friends or family, a bad year on the ranch, the Depression in the country she loved and the illness of her body and eyes. LaRena showed us her power of generosity with her time and money to help out, by being an election judge, teaching school, being a 4H leader, delivering mail, babysitting friends and family’s kids, looking after pets and helping with Bible Camp. She had a generous heart and soul. You can’t put into words her life of 95 years. It is just too vast. Nor how deeply she will be missed. She lived her life with grace, faith, love and endurance to teach all of us that it could be done. She was the last living person of nine children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Adsit; son, John Adsit; great grandson, Matthew Christiansen, sisters; Mary Young, Sarah (Harold) Wyrick, Adeline (Jules) Rice; brothers, Joseph (Milley), Jesse, Charley (Isabell), LaRue and John Young. She is survived by her daughters, Betty (Smitty) Smith, Shirley (Jim) Durkee, Dorothy Adsit and Jean Adsit; son Bill (Roberta) Adsit; sister-in-law, Florence (John) Young, 14 grandchildren, 24 great grand children and one great great grandson. A Visitation and Reception will begin at 12:00 noon followed by a Funeral Service at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Champion Funeral Home. Interment to follow at the Sheridan Municipal Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Dog and Cat Shelter and Sheridan County 4H. Online condolences may be written at www.championfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Champion Funeral Home.