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Harriet Largent
A service was held Friday at Lakewood Funeral Home for Harriett Updike Largent, 98, of Modesto. A resident of Bethel Retirement Community, she died Jan. 12, 2009.

Born March 8, 1911 in her family home near Keyes. She kept her home on a parcel of that same family land, land originally settled by her family in 1849. Harriet and her husband, Don, were a productive part of the farm community, running a dairy, raising crops, and raising their two daughters. She enjoyed racing quarter horses in the latter half of their life together, along with traveling the United States and world. After Don's passing, Harriet continued her active lifestyle with racing horses, driving all over the state, visiting friends, and keeping her driver's license until the age of 94. Mrs. Largent also was a dental assistant, worked in the cannery, and as a secretary for the county for well over a decade. She belonged to the Grange, PTA, Native Daughters of the American Revolution, American Quarter Horse Association, Modesto Rangers and Turlock Horsemen. Mrs. Largent was also a poll worker into her late 80's.

Mrs. Largent was known for opening her house to visitors throughout her life, whether it was hosting people in need during the Depression, boarding an adventurer who was taking a break from a coast-to-coast horseback trip, or housing exchange students from Poland.

She is survived by two daughters, Donna Binkley of Turlock and Dolores McFrederick of Washington; her grandchildren, Delane Bass of Denair, Tia Dias of Turlock, Quinn McFrederick of Virginia; two great-grandchildren, Greg Morgan of Virginia, and Cindy Rael of Apple Valley; and five great-great-grandchildren, Julia Morgan, A.J. Morgan, Gracie Morgan, Mitchel Rael and Lauren Rael.

Remembrances may be sent to Community Hospice Inc., 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356-9259.

-Ceres (Calif.) Courier /Jan. 21, 2009