Sandra  Larson

Obituary of Sandra Ellen Larson

In loving memory: Sandra (Sandi) Ellen Larson Sandra (Sandi) Larson passed away peacefully on July 16th surrounded by her husband, children, and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband Dennis Larson, daughters Lori Scholtes, (Pete) Tracie Murphy (Richard), and Shelley Johnson (Drew). Her grandchildren include Jordan, Rikki, Ciera, Tanner, Brenna, Hannah, Sterling, and Ryder. Her great grandchildren Braelynn, Addie, Declan, Kellen, Madison, Molly, Jack, Landon, and Hudson brought her great joy in her final days.


She was born as Sandra Ellen Dann on March 31, 1940, in Utica, New York and moved in 1948 to Sacramento, California. Sandi met the love of her life on her birthday in 1956 at El Camino High School, where she graduated two years later. Dennis and Sandi were married on August 22, 1959. She worked at Payless Drug Store supporting her husband while he attended college. In August 1962, they moved to Sutter Creek and started their family.


 During her days as a mother, Sandi was involved with many local groups and activities. She was very involved in her children’s education being one of the founders of Sutter Creek Primary’s parent teacher group, starting the school bookstore, and baking her famous “DOODOO” cookies as the room mom for her daughters. Occasionally, you could find her as Smokey the Bear in the schools teaching children about fire prevention. She was a Brownie Leader as well as a Cub Scout Leader even though she didn’t have a son! She also found time for herself as a member of Beta Sigma Phi, crafting with a group of women on Fridays, making clay Christmas ornaments, and rolling the dice playing Bunco for twenty years.


Many knew her from her days at the Squirrel’s Nest and Cabbage Rose where she put her great sense of interior design to work. She will be remembered for hosting many Amador High School staff and baseball parties where she served her infamous “GARBAGE”! Many also knew her as the town’s local and free real estate agent finding newcomers a house to live in. Local children will remember her as the funny lady who did crafts with them at the Methodist Church at Christmas Open House. Mostly, she will be remembered for her great sense of humor and kind heart.


 Her grandchildren and great grandchildren recognized her wonderful sense of humor and kind heart at an early age. They loved playing games with her, baking cookies, and making endless pictures for her. She was always extremely proud of all of them. In her final days, it was the little ones that brought her the most joy!


Up until the end, her humor and love for her family outshine the trials of her dementia. She was a loving wife, a dedicated mother, a happy and caring grandma, and a kind and humorous friend. She will be remembered by all as an incredible lady and the life of every party. She will be greatly missed, but her spirit will live on through her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Donations can be sent to the Creekside Methodist Church or Dementia Society of America.

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