An edited recording of Barb's service will be posted here to view as soon as available. It is with great sadness we share that Barbara Ann Larkin, 73, West Fargo passed away Friday, March 18, 2022 at Sanford Health surrounded by family and lifelong friends after a battle with stage 4 lung cancer. She was under the loving care of The Hospice House, located at Sanford Hospital in Fargo ND at the time of her passing. Left behind to mourn her death are her sons & daughters-in-law, her grandkids, extended family, and Barb’s multitude of friends. Barbara Thomas was born November 3, 1948, in Fergus Falls, MN to Harold and Joan (Poole) Thomas. She was raised as an only child in Moorhead, MN, graduating from Moorhead High School in 1966. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Education from at Minnesota State University-Moorhead in 1971. Barbara married Charles Larkin and they made their home in Horace, ND. From that marriage came the greatest gift of all, her 3 sons. She was a caretaker for all her family members and was very dedicated to her relationships with each of them. She made it a point to be present in their lives. When she became a grandma, her newfound focus was making memories with them. Barb worked at NDSU after college, enjoying her work and friendships made there. She also worked as substitute teacher for many years. Barb was then involved in the family businesses of Larkin Construction and Solid Comfort over the years. She contributed her innate talents of interior design and decorating. She had an eye for color. She wore many hats and especially enjoyed marketing their products at trade shows, “going to market” for the business and her talent for classic interior and product design. Barb’s life cannot be compressed into just a few lines of information. She was the ultimate friend; she was most generous, genuine, and kind. She was the epitome of organization: the greatest planner and list maker in the world (even her label maker had a label on it!). Her sons and their families agree that Mom had a checklist for everything: vacation planning, grocery shopping, holiday planning, etc. Barb’s daughters-in-law thanked her for training them well to be great husbands and fathers. She was an exceptional mother; she loved her family and friends unconditionally. She helped the boys navigate their lives, offered advice when asked and understood when that advice was merely “taken under advisement”. Barb will continue to offer her guidance even without her physical presence. Barb loved to attend concerts (especially WeFest) and watch sporting events her kids and grandkids were in. She loved experience everything life had to offer. She enjoyed being a member of her Northern Lights Corvette Club. At the age of 60 she learned how to ride her own Harley Davidson V-Rod and experienced the Sturgis bike rally with her sons. Barb loved to TRAVEL, whenever, wherever! She traveled with her family, her FUN Aunt Helen, her Moorhead school girl friends, the gals of her YaYa sisterhood group and her close friend, Pat Nicholson. Those travels took them worldwide and not surprisingly, Barb was usually already planning the next trip while on the current one. A planned trip with Barb was totally organized, fun, adventurous, and an out of the ordinary experience. She was the planner but also the instigator of many memorable times. Barb would want to be remembered as kind, calm, a loyal friend, generous and by her favorite names: MOM GRANDMA BEST FRIEND Barb was always willing to do anything, but she also liked to sit back and observe, while letting others be the goofy ones. She inherited this charming personality from her dad, who was well known for his sense of humor, his pranks, his smile, his kindness, and his world of friends. No one was a stranger for long after they met Harold, the same is true of Barb. “Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.” (Jean Anouilh) That is the gift we ALL received from Barb. Barb is survived by her children; Jason (Calie) Larkin, Fargo, ND, Ryan Larkin, Scottsdale, AZ, Brady (Jadie) Larkin, Fargo, ND; 6 grandchildren, Hailey, Gunnar, Jack, Lexi, Parker, and Liv Larkin; aunt Helen Byrne and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She is proceeded in death by her parents, Harold and Joan. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo ND. In lieu of flowers, it was Barb’s wish that donations be made to Gigi’s Playhouse, Make-A-Wish ND Chapter and/or Red River Children’s Advocacy Center. Funeral arrangements to celebrate Barbara’s Life: 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, West Fargo, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at the church. Family wishes for you to dress casually, as they want it to be a celebration of their beloved mom’s life. The service will be live streamed on Boulger Funeral Home’s website. Post Celebration will be at Brewtus Brickhouse, 635 32nd Ave E #108, West Fargo, ND 58078. All are welcome to join for food, drinks, music, and the sharing of memories. Barb's Video Tribute can be viewed below:

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  1. Our thoughts and prayers are with Barb’s family and friends. Barb was a friend and class mate of ours and we so enjoyed the many times we shared with her thought out our school years and especially in resent years. Always so kind and we all found out what a fighter when dealing with her cancer. Rest In Peace my friend and know that you will be missed by many. LaVerne and Mark

  2. Rest In Peace my dear, dear friend. You were so brave over this past year. A beautiful person inside and out, a most loving mother, grandmother and friend.

  3. We were saddened to hear of Barb’s passing and will miss her as a beloved member of the Northern Lights Corvette Club. We enjoyed hearing all about her extensive travels and unique adventures. Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt sympathy go out to Barb’s family. We hope the many memories you shared will bring you great comfort and peace in the days ahead.

  4. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of Barb’s family. Rest In Peace Barb. You’ve had a long hard battle.

  5. Dear Jason Ryan and Brady.
    We will be sharing your celebration of Barbs life from here, however we want you to know that we are with you in our prayers and are very blessed to have been touched by Barb and your family. May God be with you during your time of transition.
    Love
    Jim and Joyce.

  6. Brady and family so sorry for your loss she was a great lady prayers for all of you 🙏🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️❤️ Lynne &Dave Roche

  7. Jason, Ryan, Brady & families;
    I’m so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing and want to extend my deepest sympathy. Barb was such a beautifully special person. She forever marked many of our lives and will always remain in our hearts. She is now perfectly healed and whole in God’s care.

    Your cousin Karen

  8. I am so very sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I have many fond memories growing up “out in the country” of Barb. She will be missed by all.

    Cary Braaten

  9. So sorry for your loss she was a like second mom to me growing up she will be missed

  10. our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time Barb wasa very special lady always thinking of others Shewas a fun close friend and neighbor at the lake Our Deepest Sympathyto you all

  11. Jason, Ryan & Brady there are no words that can ease your pain. Your Mom was ONE of the most genuine, kind, caring persons with an infectious smile.
    To you and your families know that our thoughts, prayers and hugs are with you 🙏💞🙏

    Judy Aalgaard & Sons

  12. Sincere sympathy to all Barb’s family. She was a special gal and old neighbor. 🙏🏻🙏🏻 Nancy & Bob Rood

  13. Just 5 months ago at if you believe this Bev and I had a 45 minute “tender” conversation with Barb Of course at the forefront was visiting about family Barb has always been so honest with her thoughts and feelings. When we told our oldest Marc that Barb had passed he said that sleepovers at Larkin were amazing with heat lightening outside, popcorn inside, and fry bread in the morning
    Barb was the ultimate hostess and MOM to the neighborhood. May God Bless Barb’s memory as we celebrate her life
    Al & Bev Nielsen

  14. It’s hard to believe you are united with your parents in a special place rite now. I spent many days with you and your family growing up and I always had alot of respect and love for you over all the years. You always had the kindest heart anyone could ask for. We will miss you and always think of you. Lots of love sent your way.

  15. Barb was truly a class act and one of a kind. I have never met a more genuine, caring person. Her passing will leave a huge void in the life of her family. My deepest sympathy to Jason, Ryan and Brady. Your mother loved you all so much and was so proud of all of you. May she rest in peace and all who knew her will feel the loss of your amazing mother.

  16. 23 years ago I wanted to start a children’s program at Holy Cross for 2-5 year olds to take them out for first part of mass and hear a faith story at their level, do a craft, and sing some songs. The priest told me I could start it but that I would have to fund the start up. Barb came into the salon I worked at to have her hair styled. I mentioned what I wanted to start at church. She called me the next day and said she wanted to give me $100 to start it. I started it and ran Children’s Liturgy for 7 years.
    Over the years she came in to have her hair done and I always enjoyed our visits. Barb was the kindest person and had a great sense of adventure. Her boys and grandkids were her world.

  17. Sincere sympathy to the Larkin family. Everyone who knew Barb will miss that smiling face.
    Hugs & prayers

  18. Barb was a wonderful lady. I will miss you coming into the post office to heckle me. I’ll miss the texts and calls to put her mail on hold. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time

  19. Our deepest sympathies to your family from ours. Barb was such a blessing and a wonderful woman, no one can ever replace her. We hope you feel surrounded by so much love as others share in your sadness. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers as you grieve.

  20. Our deepest condolences to Jason, Ryan, Brady and all of Barb’s family. Everyone that knew her will miss her infectious laugh, kindness and spirt of adventure. We’re thankful for all the time we shared with her over the years.

  21. So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. She truly was a wonderful lady and will never be forgotten. Memories of her will live on forever. Love and hugs to the entire Larkin family.

  22. I am so sorry for your loss of such a beautiful person. Barb and I were friends for many years and I will always remember our visits on a park bench with a diet coke. Even though we didn’t see each other often our phone conversations were very special. It would always seem like we had just visited the day before.
    Thinking of all of you at this very sad time.

  23. Jason, Ryan, Brady and all the grandchildren. Your mom, grandmother held a very special place in my heart. I will not forget all the fun times we had over the years. I used to travel to Fargo quite often in the summers and stayed with her. We shared a lot of ourselves with one another. Her passing has left a big hole in my heart, but she is in the arms of Jesus now. Walking on streets of gold or maybe dancing. She liked to dance. I’m praying for you all to receive comfort from our Lord in your grief. Love to you all.

  24. I love you mom Larkin. Thank you for your love, guidance and protection. I am a better man because of you.

  25. Thoughts and prayers are with the entire Larkin family during this hard time. So sorry for your loss and we wish you all our sincerest condolences during this difficult time.

  26. Sorry about Barb passing. I worked with Barb in engineering so have know her
    for a long time. A wonderful, fun and smiling gal.

  27. Our condolences to the Larkin family. Barb was an amazing lady and her legacy will live on in our hearts forever.

  28. May your sweet angel Rest In Peace and may you all be comforted with loving memories of such a special Mom, Grandma and friend…..Sending our sympathies, Phil and Suzy Kubiak

  29. No words can express such a loss. She was a sweetie and raised 3 stubborn, smart , kind and generous boys. You three reflect her in your own ways . May she Rest in peace. Im so sorry guys .

  30. Remember Barbara by fun & happy things you all did w/Barbara & she isn’t alone she is w/your father up there were sorry of your loss of your mother, Barbara Larkin kids.

  31. My heart goes out to you in the loss of a great women. Mother, Grandmother, friend to many and of course caregiver. She will be missed.

  32. I was so sorry to hear that Barb passed away. Our friendship went back many years. She was a wonderful friend, one you don’t find too often. I will always cherish our memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  33. Barb has always been such a lovely lady. The world was a better place with her beautiful smile and laugh. I will miss her so much.

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