Dorothy Elizabeth Larson was born in Alamo, Michigan to John and Ellen Miller on December 7, 1921. She passed away in Caldwell, Idaho on April 23, 2020 of natural causes at the age of 98. Dorothy grew up with 10 siblings on a family farm in Illinois. As the youngest, her chores were minimal, so she played outside while others worked, helping more at their roadside fruit/vegetable stand. With no extra bike for her, she learned to love roller skating the 3 miles to school. At 16, she was asked to fill in for a no show on a double date with a brother & his friend Glenn Warren Larson. On February 10, 1940 she married that boy. It was at this point she wished she had learned to cook, as her mom had always prepared 3 daily homemade meals supplied by their farming efforts. After eloping, the newlyweds welcomed Glenda Tekla (Barrett, spouse Mike) on 1/21/1941, Kursten Carl (Kurt) on 10/23/1950, and Timothy John on 5/26/1952, deceased 12/2018. They moved to Idaho in 1950 and in addition to her favorite role as a mom, Dorothy enjoyed a career working in the corn industry including nursery, fields, and seed sorting at Crookham Company. Their home was so close to where Caldwell’s freeway went through, it got to be a problem for Glenn and his severe asthma, so they moved their nearby house 2 doors down from family, involving them in various help and activities with their grandchildren. After 42 years of marriage, Glenn passed away and Dorothy never remarried. She learned to sew when Glenda was born and her crochet, knitting and needlework skills have passed down through generations from her patient teachings and treasured gifts. She loved to garden, & regular trips to the library provided her favorite reading topics: pioneering and stories from local authors. She was a master at crossword puzzles, often including 4 generations of family searching for an answer. . . google was NOT an option. She loved the Oregon Coast, making several trips with Glenda and various family members. Kurt is a pilot, so she explored Idaho via glider, airplane, and pickup. She was blessed to have Tim live with her for 7 years in their family home before she moved to Lenity Assisted Living. It was there that a 5- generation picture was recently taken, an amazing testament to the wisdom, inner strength, love, and faith she shared with family, friends, and too many grandchildren to mention. Her favorite saying: “the happiest people don’t necessarily have the best of everything, but they make the best of what they have”. There will be no funeral services at this time due to the Covid-19, she will be laid to rest next to Glenn at Canyon Hill Cemetery on May 11, 2020. The family would like to express their appreciation to Harrison’s Hope Hospice for making these past few months extra special for Dorothy. Thank you to Ryan and CeCe at Lenity Assisted Living. Dorothy moved from her home of 77 years to your facility for a 3 month trial and thanks to the gorgeous facility, beautiful, peaceful grounds and superb care, Lenity became her home for life, the residents, her family and your skilled staff will always hold a special place in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, family is asking that donations be made to Lenity Assisted Living (activities & outings) 4119 Lenity Living Ave. Caldwell, ID 83607 or www.stlukesonline.org/give, select other and type in Stroke Program-Dorothy Larson.
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