Dec. 29, 1934-June 4, 2004

IRRIGON - The funeral for De Lois Jean Larson will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, in the chapel at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Interment will be at Skyview Memorial Park, Highway 395, south of Pendleton.

Mrs. Larson, 69, of Irrigon, who received her nursing degree in 1967, died Friday, June 4, 2004, at her home.

She was born Dec. 29, 1934, at Garvin, Okla., to Eugene and Lois Belvin Jones. She grew up at Ada, Okla.

In 1967, she received her nursing degree. It was said nursing was her lifelong passion, that the most joyful thing in the world for her was caring for people, young and old, that she wholeheartedly threw all of her energies into nursing. She was known for being "always for the underdog."

She met Edward Larson, from Pendleton, at Modesto, Calif. They were married May 27, 1980, at Yuma, Ariz. and lived at Dayton, Ariz., for approximately 15 years before moving to Irrigon.

Mrs. Larson loved fishing, crossword puzzles, and birdwatching. She loved all people, especially her patients.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Larson of Irrigon; daughters, Wynell Thomas of Ukiah, and Vicki Lipke of Modesto, Calif., stepdaughters, Lisa Ruiz and Shara Salverde, both of Pendleton; sons, Larry Walker of Irrigon and Charles Taylor of Shalow, Ariz.; stepson, Henry Larson of Pendleton; sisters, Kay Groover of Modesto, Calif., and Shirley Buker of Victor, Mont.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Vange John Memorial Hospice, 645 W. Orchard, Hermiston, OR 97838, directly or through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.

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