Larke was born in Baton Rouge and grew up in Bogalusa, Louisiana. Growing up in a home well designed by her architect father and well decorated and nurtured by her mother who majored in home economics fueled her passion for the home. In addition, she was nurtured in a godly environment where the Bible was not only taught but lived as well.
As a child Larke developed a passion for creating beautiful environments and sharing warm hospitality with family and friends. Decorating her bedroom, building playhouses from cardboard boxes, creating beautiful homes for Barbie and Ken, and planning special events at church and parties for special occasions were just a few of her favorite activities.
Early educational experiences included completing the Girls in Action, Acteens, and Queen Regent in Service missions program at her home church, First Baptist Church of Bogalusa. Larke also learned from the ranks of the Camp Fire Girls program. She advanced from a Blue Bird, to a Camp Fire Girl, to Horizon, before completing the highest achievement in the organization, the Wo He Lo Medalion.
Upon graduating from Bogalusa High School, Larke attended Mississippi College for two years before transferring to The University of Southern Mississippi where she received a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing with an emphasis in Interior Design.
In 1984 Larke married Billy Ready, a minister, and instead of pursuing a full-time career, she chose to be an active partner in ministry and in nurturing their home and growing family. They faithfully served churches in Louisiana, Georgia, Central Florida, and Mississippi. Women’s and children’s ministry became her passion during this time. Larke pursued a teaching certification when their children were grown and taught 2nd and 3rd grades for a total of fourteen years in Florida and Mississippi. Larke and Billy have four married children and are blessed now to be LaLa and Pop to six beautiful grandchildren!
Larke loves to study the Bible and write devotional thoughts and Bible Studies. Another passion is decorating the home and creating beautiful environments, but she believes God’s design for the home begins in the heart. She combines her love for design and all things creative to present the gospel to women in practical and applicable ways.
Larke and Billy currently reside in Purvis, Mississippi. Larke writes and serves in her local community and church encouraging women. Billy leads Bellevue Baptist Church and serves as counselor and site director of Crossroads Christian Counseling in Hattiesburg, MS.
For over thirty years, Larke has been involved in women's ministry leading Bible studies, women's retreats, and special events in churches in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida.
WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID
Preparing Hearts and Homes for Christmas
"I just wanted to let you know how much everyone enjoyed your message. I have heard nothing but praise! Everyone seems to be so excited in anticipation of the Holy Season. Thank you for sharing God's Word with us. I want to thank you for speaking to the ladies of St. Francisville but more importantly for speaking to me."
Event Chaiman FBC St. Francisville, LA
"I met Larke as an “On the Fence” believer. I wasn’t too sure what my future held and what path I needed to go down. I met her at a women’s ministry event that I was invited to with a friend. She welcomed me with open arms and made me feel welcome. Larke covered me with love and encouragement as I took the next few months to figure out where I needed to be as a believer. Larke is a true example of a Proverbs 31 woman. Her kindness and words of wisdom have stuck with me for many years. The foundation that was built in that little church in Florida led me to be baptized at 19 years old and turn my life completely around for Christ. Years later, I still consider Larke a friend.“
Jenna - Wildwood, FL.
Putting the Pieces Together - Women's Retreat
"The quilt theme was perfect to show us how we are each one very different and special for God's glory. When we seek His well, He bring us all together in his time to make a masterpiece quilt. Praise God for Putting the Pieces Together!"
Conference Participant - Mobile, Alabama
Creating a Beautiful Home to Fit Your Lifestyle
"Thank you so much for doing this event. It was very refreshing, inspiring, and a reassuring approach that we don't have to have lots of money and a big house. Also, making it spiritually based was great!“
Community Event Participant
"I had the privilege of being a part of Larke's Sunday School class and working with her creatively for VBS and many other events, and I am glad to call her my friend. God blessed me with knowing Larke and her family. Her straight forward honesty regarding her own journey, her doubts, her hopes, and her dreams inspired me and gave me confidence to keep going. Her love for the Lord and the way she lives her faith are examples for all to see. Her love for church, family and friends shows in all she does. Larke has shown me God's love and inspired me to show his love to others."
-Brenda, Pheonix, AZ
"Larke was made for this!"
"My amazing friend from my MC days!"
"I cannot think of another person I would rather hear speak than you. Your smile is contagious and your laughter fills a room with joy."
"Larke would be amazing at a ladies event!"
"I need your daily wisdom! Keep it coming!"
"....a heart for Jesus."