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Obituary: Bonnie Larson

Bonnie was born on The Slope in Enterprise to William Laird and Ada Burge Laird.

Published on August 29, 2018 8:22AM


Bonnie Larson

Dec. 28, 1919 –– Aug. 12, 2018

Bonnie Jean Laird Larson died in Portland. She was born in Enterprise and considered Enterprise their hometown. It is with heavy hearts that we mourn the passing of our beloved mom, grandma, great grandma, mother-in-law, sister, aunt and friend.

Bonnie was born on The Slope in Enterprise to William Laird and Ada Burge Laird, the third of six children. On July 5, 1941, she married the love of her life, John Oliver Larson of La Grande and gained another large loving family.

They were devoted to each other and were the true paragons of a loving marriage. They soon moved to Portland and remained there for the rest of their lives.

Mom was “lunch lady” at Sylvan and West Sylvan schools for more than a decade and made all our food from scratch, including soup, bread and ketchup. The irony is that she really didn’t like to cook.

After retirement, she volunteered at St. Vincent’s Hospital on the oncology ward, giving comfort to patient family members. She also designed and sewed more than 1,000 Christmas stockings for December newborns to be wrapped in for their going-home, for which she was featured in an Oregonian article.

Bonnie was preceded in death by her husband John “Bud,” son Jeffry John, her parents, sisters Winfred and Margery and brothers Lynden and Ray, as well as all of daddy’s family.

She is survived by her daughter JoJean “Jody” Peters (Lewis “Pete”), brother John Willard Laird (Francis), grandsons J. Evan Madden (Yumiko) and Scott Madden, great-grandsons Paolo Madden Zeffirelli, Kenzo Bryan Madden and Seiji Oliver Madden and many loving nieces and nephews.

She was the kindest and gentlest person who ever walked this earth. While we will miss her terribly, we know she is now at peace with daddy and Jeff. A celebration of her Life will be announced later.

Finleys Sunset Hills of Portland is in charge of arrangements.



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