After a long battle with cancer, Murugi Kariuki Larsen of Edmonton passed away on Sunday, June 9 2019 at the age of 61 years. She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 31 years, Carl Larsen; her precious son of 28 years, Mathangani Larsen; her brothers, Wacira, Muraguri and Gatonye; her one and only sister, Njeri; her two nieces living in Alberta, Wangu and Wairimu. Murugi will be remembered by her nephews and nieces living in Kenya and abroad, the Larsen family in Denmark and British Columbia; the Loeppky family in British Columbia; her supportive community of relatives and friends in Kenya, Canada, the United States of America and abroad.
Murugi was predeceased by her loving father Kariuki and mother Annah.
Murugi was born in the beautiful highlands of Nanyuki, Kenya. She started school in Nyeri. Nyeri is an area famous for lush coffee and tea farms and a classic view of Mt. Kenya. She completed her secondary school education in Eldoret. She entered the Forestry program at the University of Nairobi in 1978 and graduated in 1981 as the first female Forestry graduate. Murugi acquired her Masters in Forestry in 1986 from the University of New Brunswick (UNB).
Murugi met Carl in 1986 while attending the University of New Brunswick. They married in Kenya on February 4, 1988. Their marriage was later blessed in Canada in July 1988. On June 13, 1991, Murugi gave birth to their beloved son, Mathangani.
Murugi had an extensive professional forestry career specializing in tree seeds. She got her start with the Kenya Forestry Institute (KEFRI) as a tree seed specialist. While with KEFRI, Murugi travelled all over Kenya and worked in Canberra, Australia. When she moved to Canada, she worked at the British Columbia Tree Seed Centre before coming back to Africa with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She was part of a large tree seed development program in Southern Africa where she worked in South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe and Tanzania while stationed in Namibia. Once the program was complete, Murugi moved back to Canada and worked with the Federal Government on several programs. The highlight was her trip to China. Murugi finished her career as a Professional Land Agent with ATCO.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 p.m., on Monday, June 17, 2019, at the Eagles Vision Fellowship Church on 9861-84 Avenue NW, Edmonton.
The family wishes to send a special thanks to the staff at the Cross Cancer Institute and the Sturgeon Community Hospital, and the other medical staff for their support and care during Murugi’s long fight against cancer.