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Obituary: LARSEN, DOROTHEA IRENE JONES

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Dorothea Irene Jones Larsen1923-2012Dorothea Irene Jones Larsen, age 88, passed away February 21, 2012 in Midvale, Utah. Dorothea was born August 1, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York to Thatcher and Glenette Jones, the second youngest of five children. She and her siblings were raised on Long Island. As a young adult, she briefly attended New York University before transferring to Brigham Young University where she studied Elementary Education.After graduation, she worked for American Airlines at La Guardia Airport and for the FBI in New York City where she met Donald Everett Larsen. They fell in love, and when Don was transferred to Honolulu, Hawaii, Dorothea followed him there. The two were married in 1948. Later, Dorothea and Don moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where they raised their family. She was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and she served in the Primary, the Young Women's Organization, and Relief Society. In 1975, after her family was sealed together in the Oakland Temple, her beloved Don passed away. Dorothea returned to work as an employee of the San Mateo County Youth Education Program. In 1989, Dorothea moved to San Jose, California, and in 2007 she moved to Midvale, Utah.Dorothea was an avid reader. She grew roses in her backyard. She had a particular love for music; she would sing and play the piano, and she and Don would go ballroom dancing. Even in her later years, Dot still shimmied to a good tune. She enjoyed traveling, and she visited destinations such as Scandinavia, Turkey, Italy, and England. Dorothea loved to talk and, perhaps more importantly, loved to listen.Survived by daughters Cynthia McCartney (Ed) and Gayle Kennedy (Clint); son Donald Charles Larsen (Mary); grandchildren Alexandra Mullins (Cory), Don McCartney, Kristin Mann (David), Jacqueline Nord (Patrick), Diana Larsen, Elisabeth McCartney, and Debra Larsen; and great-grandson Riley Larsen. Also survived by her brother Kaye Jones (Anne), sister Phyllis Kimball (Andy), sisters-in-law Neola Jones and Nelda Jones, and numerous nieces and nephews.Preceded in death by her parents, her husband Don Larsen, and brothers Rud and Hal Jones.Services will be held Saturday, March 3 at 11 a.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East 10600 South, Sandy, Utah, 84092, with a viewing between 10 and 10:45 a.m. Interment will follow at the Provo City Cemetery. A special thanks to the wonderful caregivers at Canyon Creek Assisted Living, Dr. Gary Holland, and Hospice of Utah, particularly to Joan, Jaclin, and Heather. Online condolences: www.larkincares.com