Rae Anderson Larsen
1930 ~ 2016
On April 24th 2016, Donna Rae Anderson Larsen, our beloved
Mother, returned to the loving arms of her Heavenly Father
and her family–a reunion she had been anxiously awaiting.
Mom was born August 1, 1930 into the family of Enoch Leander
and Nettie Brough Anderson–a sweet baby girl who was
loved by all and would grow to be our beautiful mother and
grandmother. She was fiercely devoted to her family. As
the youngest girl, she observed her sisters and put each
of them on their own little pedestal. She was born at the
beginning of the Great Depression, which made life difficult
for her family. In spite of this, the family was very happy
and many of their hardships brought them closer together.
She attended South High School where she enjoyed singing
in the a cappella choir and took business classes preparing
for employment. Her dear friend, Tressie Marx convinced
her to attend college at BYU, where she earned her degree
in Elementary Education in 1953. Her college years were
some of the most treasured days of her life.
Upon graduation, she started teaching first grade at Whittier
School in Salt Lake City. She began singing with the Sacre
Dolce Chorus, where she met a returned missionary named
James A. Larsen. On August 20, 1954 they were married in
the Salt Lake Temple.
Over the following years, Mom was so happy to welcome four
boys and two girls into the world. These children and the
grandchildren who would follow became the light of her life.
Nothing was more important to her than her family.
To help support the family and manage the demands of motherhood,
she taught preschool in her home for many years, which greatly
benefited her own children in addition to many others. She
also taught elementary and junior high school.
In 1984, she earned a masters degree in Educational Psychology
from BYU and spent the last years of her career teaching
children with learning disabilities. She retired in 1993
from Alpine School District.
After her divorce in 1997, mom chose to build her house
in American Fork where she could see the temple from her
back porch and her windows. She made many great friends
and always remained busy and productive.
Mom loved children, music, flowers, all things pink, ice
cream (especially Drumsticks!), fine arts, traveling, studying,
books, serving in the church and family history. She loved
people. She had a gift of compassion, love and acceptance
that brought people to her from all walks of life. She cared
deeply and always worried about anyone whose heart was troubled.
She was a natural leader and teacher and served in many
capacities within the Church, such as president, teacher
and church service missionary, where she taught the gospel
of Jesus Christ and bore her strong testimony to others.
We hope to honor her motto, “Trust in the Lord with
all thy heart and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
Mom had a strong faith in God and an unmatched desire to
please him and be worthy of his support and blessings. She
has instilled this sense of responsibility and love of God
into her children, much to the benefit of all of her posterity.
Her parents, four sisters, two brothers and a daughter-in-law
preceded her in death. She leaves behind her six children,Scott
(Mary), Terry, Julie, Steve (Gina), Kevin (Shannon) and
Sallie; 18 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She leaves a deep void in our hearts and we will miss her
greatly, but we rejoice at her life and the love she gave
to each of us.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at
11:00 am at the Manila 12th LDS Ward Chapel, 850 North 900
East, American Fork, Utah. Family and friends may call Sunday
evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at the Warenski Funeral Home,
1776 North 900 East, American Fork, Utah, and again on Monday
morning from 9:30 to 10:30 am prior to services at the church.
Interment will be at the Highland City Cemetery.
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