Bernette Ann Draman
BORN: October 6, 1914, in Mallard, Ellington Twp., Palo Alto County, Iowa
DIED: October 5, 1988, in Sioux City, Woodbury County, Iowa
AGED: 73 years, 11 months, 29 days
BURIED: Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa
FATHER: George Draman
MOTHER: Caroline Rund
MARRIAGE: to Chris Larson on September 23, 1942 in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa
1. Gene Richard Larson born September 2, 1943, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa
2. Genice Alice Larson born April 13, 1947, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa
3. David Alan Larson born October 27, 1949, in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto County, Iowa -->
Bernette was a teacher in Great Oak Township, when she met Chris Larson. They fell in love and were married on September 23, 1942, in Emmetsburg, Iowa. After their wedding, they went on a fishing trip to Minnesota. There's one post card that she wrote while on that trip that still survives. In it, Bernette relates all the things that Chris had eaten. She was a great cook, and Chris was a good eater! They were getting along just fine on their honeymoon!
I'll always remember Bernette for two reasons. First, she wasn't intimidated by anybody, and she could put a person in their place at any time. She had a quick wit and wasn't afraid to use it, if she felt the situation warranted it. But, she could also use that same ability to tease and comfort someone. One time Chris's brother, Lloyd Larson, went on a camping trip sponsored by the YMCA/YWCA in St. Paul. Many people were involved in the trip, including some young single ladies. Lloyd was a confirmed bachelor and an absolute gentleman, but Bernette still couldn't resist teasing him about the "sleeping arrangements" on the trip.
The second reason I will never forget her was her kindness. When I was a child, she always took time to talk to me, and she never forgot our little "visits." One time, when I was about seven years old, we went to their farm for the weekend. At some point, she asked me what I liked to eat. I said that I liked pancakes. After that, every time we went to visit, she fixed pancakes for breakfast.
Bernette died on October 5, 1988. She's buried in Evergreen Cemetery, in Emmetsburg, Iowa.