Meet Larke

proclaiming His power to a new generation - Psalm 71:18

A picture of Larke and her husband.

Wife - Mom - Grandmother

A picture of Larke surrounded by five of her six grandchildren with a birthday cake for her birthday.
A picture taken on a fall day of Larke's family including her husband, four children and their spouses, and six grandchildren.
Design for Heart and Home - Creating a place where beauty and faith abide.
Picture of Larke 2 Jan 2023

Writer - Speaker - Encourager

EARLY YEARS

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.

EDUCATION

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.

PERSONAL

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 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 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 is a pastor, songwriter, and family counselor. Together, they love to serve the Lord creatively through writing, speaking, and a ministry of encouragement.

EXPERIENCE

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 for over forty years.

Throughout the years, she has also utilized her design skills in ministry and consulting.

"Larke was made for this!"

— Nancy Fobb
Bushnell, FL

"My amazing friend from my MC days!"

— Melinda Moody Jones
Gulfport, Mississippi

"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."

— Angela Reeves
Thomaston, GA

"Larke would be amazing at a ladies event!"

— Brittney Cooper
Hattiesburg, MS

"I need your daily wisdom! Keep it coming!"

— Stephanie Tanguay
Bushnell, FL

"....a heart for Jesus."

—Tammy Boutwell
Hattiesburg, MS
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