May 5, 2017
Kathleen Marie Larson, 54, of Baker, Montana ascended our world with her son by her side on Friday, April 28, 2017, at RiverStone Hospice Home in Billings, Montana.
She was born on June 15, 1962 in Ekalaka, Montana to Keith and Eileen Larson.
Kathleen grew up in the Ridgway community of eastern Montana, where she formed a love of riding horses bareback, singing, and dancing.
She graduated high school in Ekalaka in 1980 after having her first child, Jedediah, a few years earlier. She then married Marvin E. Shelton, whom she had a daughter, Carley, with.
A life-long learner and seeker, Kathleen attended nursing school in Miles City, as well as massage therapy school in San Fransisco in the late 1980s.
Throughout her life, Kathleen worked a variety of long, hard jobs. She worked at the sawmills, a dispatch office, a hospital, and a home for ill and injured children, all in small northeastern Wyoming towns. Kathleen was always a busy bee and productivity fueled her zest for life, whether it was raising chickens and bum lambs, gardening, or her various creative endeavors.
While raising two children on her own, her way, she was a captivating teacher and mentor to all those drawn to her – a category of her own, beloved, adored, rare, and precious. A shining beacon.
Kathleen was always bright, humble, and warm – with a radiant smile, a vast array of abilities, and a wiseness beyond her years.
Her fight against disease began in 1999, at the very young age of 37. She battled cancer and, a decade ago, had a stroke that got the best of her over time.
Kathleen is survived by her loving and caring children; her father, Keith; siblings, Jennifer, Kenny (Sande), Martha, and Tod (Lara); granddaughters, Adlen and Ayla; and many loving aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and life-long friends.
Kathleen was preceded in death by her mother, Eileen Larson, and nephew Kyle Burch, as well as her grandparents and several aunts and uncles.
A celebration of life will be held at Camp Needmore, south of Ekalaka on Saturday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m.
We are profoundly grateful for our time with her – everyone should be so blessed and fortunate. Fly free, angel, we love you.