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LaRae Penrod Larson, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend passed away on Thursday night, March 11, 2021 after a long battle with acute kidney failure and LLC, while being cared for by her hospice nurse and surrounded by her girls.
She was born July 19, 1947 to Grant and Fern Penrod, She was the 3rd of 7 children. She attended Orem high school where she earned a scholarship to Weber State. It was here that she learned that her friends' classes were more interesting then her own. After finding out that dropping her own classes would have been easier than getting kicked out of school, she moved back to Orem.
LaRae married the love of her life, Gary Wallace Larson, son of LeGrand and Elma Larson on June 20, 1971. They went on to have 6 children. Michelle Dallin, Casey Legrand Larson, Gary Travis Larson, Annette Ray, Channing Resler, Zachary Wallace Larson. As well as 5 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. LaRae worked at the Utah State Developmental center for many years, where she earned multiple awards for her outstanding dedication to her job and to the individuals that she served. During this time she also volunteered at the Scera theater for a few years as well as served in the primary and nursery for her local ward. She retired from the state when she found out about her kidney failure. In her retirement she enjoyed reading and crocheting blankets, washcloths and hot pads as well as going to the family property in Fairview every chance they could get. She was very family oriented and was very loved by all that knew her. She was easily the “favorite” aunt amongst her nieces and nephews and will be very much missed.
LaRae is preceded in death by her loving husband, Gary W. Larson, her parents, Grant and Fern Penrod, father and mother in law, LeGrand and Elma Larson and her 3 boys, Casey, Travis and Zach Larson. She is survived by her daughters; Michelle (Chris) Dallin, Annette (John) Ray, Channing Resler and daughter in law Stacie (Casey Larson) Strode. Siblings; Donna Dixon, Linda (Lee) Champion, Darrell (Pepper) Penrod, Kelly (Denise) Penrod, Barry Penrod, Nicki (Ron) Pace. 5 Grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. The family would like to express much appreciation and thanks to the staff and clients from Devita Dialysis Center for the years of treatments and dedication to her health and continuous friendship. As well as the nurses from Valeo home health and hospice for caring for her in the last moments of her life.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Timpanogos Seventh Ward Chapel, 332 East 500 North, Pleasant Grove, Utah with a viewing from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m. prior to the services. For those who would like to participate via live stream from home, please follow the link above. Family and friends may also attend an evening viewing Wednesday, March 17, 2021 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove. Due to Covid 19 concerns please wear a mask and social distance. Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.
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