Bonnie Larson, 92, of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa formerly of Fort Dodge went Home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 5, 2008, at the Park Place Care Center in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel in Fort Dodge. Burial will be in the Fulton Township Cemetery near Moorland, Iowa at 11 a.m. Monday morning. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.
Bonnie Shaw Larson was born October 4, 1916 to Carl and Martha Shaw in Estherville, Iowa. She attended Estherville Public Schools and graduated from High School in 1933. After 1 year at Lutheran Bible Institute, she attended Lutheran Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis with graduation in 1939. As a registered nurse, she worked at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Dodge in general and private duty nursing. She even cared for some patients in their homes. Later she worked part time for 8 years at Friendship Haven in the Tompkins Memorial Health Center.
In May, 1942, Bonnie married J Alvin Larson. They farmed north of Fort Dodge for many years. Bonnie was a very caring person who encouraged all those in her life. Having accepted Christ at the age of 16, she was a beacon of faith and love. With great organizational skill, she combined being a farm wife, a loving mother to 4 children, a part time nurse, a Sunday School Teacher, a deaconess in her church, and a loving, encouraging friend. She had one deep supreme desire, "That I may be like Jesus." She loved to sing about that.
She is survived by her children, and their spouses, Rachel (Larry) Baker of Orangevale, CA, Ruthie (Ken) Schroeder of Colorado Springs, CO, Dr. Mark (Tammy) Larson of Mt. Pleasant, IA and Mike Larson of Clinton, IA. She also leaves behind two granddaughters, Jennifer Cullivan of Sacramento, CA and Emily (Mark) Coen of Colorado Springs, CO. Two of Bonnie's five brothers are still living, Everett Shaw and Joe (Mary Virginia) Shaw as well as 2 sister-in-laws, Janet Shaw and Delphine Shaw. Her husband J Alvin preceded her in death.