Dorothy Mae Larson
Dorothy Mae (Anderson) Larson, 84, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Cooney Home in Helena, Mont., after battling Alzheimer's for several years. She lived at Shelby House in Helena for six and one-half years prior to moving to the nursing home.
Cremation has taken place. Services for Dorothy will be 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6, at the First Lutheran Church, 641 2nd Ave N., Glasgow, MT 59230. A luncheon reception will follow the service in the fellowship hall of the Church, followed by burial at the Highland Cemetery in Glasgow.
She was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Havre, Mont., to Gordon and Gladys Anderson. She was raised and educated in Chinook, along with her three brothers.
She met James Larson, of Larslan, while working at the café in Chinook. He was working at the sugar beet factory at the time. They were married Dec. 29, l949, in Glasgow. They lived on the family farm in Larslan for several years before moving to Scobey, Wolf Point and eventually to Glasgow. She and James had four children, Jim, Lonny, John and Dorvin. One of her greatest joys was her four grandsons, whom she adored.
She was a natural caregiver. She worked at the hospital in Glasgow for several years before she and James moved back to the farm. They started wintering in Arizona shortly after that and loved their time there. When James passed away, she stayed in Arizona for a few years, working at the Good Shepherd Villa in Mesa as the manager of one of the assisted living cottages. After returning to Glasgow, she worked at the First Lutheran Church for a while before retiring for good. She continued to be involved with visiting people in the hospital and the nursing home. She was helping others up until the point she could no longer do it.
She loved cooking, gardening, working in her yard and bird watching. She was always busy doing something. She was always very involved in church activities wherever she was living. She was a devoted Lutheran, and her faith was very important to her.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James, in 1992; her parents; her step-father, Walter Bugden; three brothers, Bob, Jerry and Don Anderson; in-laws, Jalmer and Rose Larson; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn (Larson) Edwards.
Survivors include four children, Jim and his wife, Connie, Lonny and his wife, Shirley, John and his wife, Jan, and Dorvin; four grandsons, Ryan, Ian and Kyle Opheim, and Dylan Larson; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family suggests memorials to the Alzheimer's Association: alz.org. Please visit http://www.aswfuneralhome.com to offer a condolence to the family or to share a memory of Dorothy.