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Katherine Rice Larson



Katherine Rice Larson, age 81 passed away at South Lyon Medical Center in Yerington, Nevada on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016. She suffered from Alzheimer's for the last 8 years.

Katherine was born on July 10, 1935 to Herman J and Anna (Bjerkan) Rice. She was their 16th and last baby. She LOVED being the baby of such a large family. She married Duane Larson of Heimdal, ND on Oct. 25, 1959 in Maddock, ND. They just celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary and always referred to each other as "Lovey."

In 1960, Kathy and Duane moved to Fargo, North Dakota, for Duane to attended Pharmacy School at NDSU. They made lifelong friends there, Clair and Shirley Foien. Kathy was pregnant with Julie and Shirley was pregnant with their first, Brad. The men graduated from school and both families set out to start their new careers in the Pacific Northwest. Both couples remained very close over the last 55 years. Just before retirement, both couples bought condos in Scottsdale, Arizona, within blocks of each other to spend time together during the winters. We reassured Mom that Clair would be waiting in heaven for her along with her family and friends. This gives us great comfort as Clair was so kind and so very FUNNY.

Kathy and Duane moved to Goldendale, Washington in November 1969. By then they had four darling daughters. They bought Pike's Pharmacy and began their lifelong adventure of owning Larson Drug, Inc. They had a thriving business for many years and had such wonderful and fun people working for them. After 30 years it was time to retire.

In 2000, their daughter and son-in-law, Liz and Tim Dane had moved to Yerington, Nevada, from Seattle, Washington, and they thought it would be nice to live there during winters and be closer to their grandchildren. By then Chloe had a baby sister Rachel. They lived in Yerington, Nevada, off and on until they moved permanently in 2012.

Kathy was very active and loved to ski, golf and travel, but SHOPPING was one of her most favorite activities! She was also very active in the Goldendale community with Christ the King Lutheran Church, Maryhill Museum, Chamber of Commerce, and the Goldendale Library.

Kathy is survived by her husband, Duane; daughters, Julie (Dave) Dolan, Jennie (Laura Wong) Larson, Allison Burruss, Liz (Tim) Dane; grandchildren, Keely Dolan, Amelia and Carter Burruss, and Chloe and Rachel Dane. Siblings, Jay (Marjorie) Rice, Geraldine (John) Rice, Lois (David) Rice, Marjorie(Gene) Rice, Lynda (Galen) Whipple and numerous nieces and nephews.

Kathy is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Anna; brothers, Harley, Willard, Wallace, Jerry, John, David and Gene; sisters, Evelyn Burgess, Blanche Schmid, Helen Rice, Jewell Lynner, Alice Harris, Patricia Banko and Lucille Larson; In-laws, Emil and Edna Larson, brother-in-law, Leslie Larson. We love and greatly miss our mom, and Dad misses his "Lovey."

A Celebration of Life is planned for summer of 2017, in Goldendale, Washington. Family and friends are invited to sign her online guest book at Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Freitas Rupracht Funeral Home, 25 Hwy 208 Yerington, Nevada 89447 (775) 463-2911.


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