Donna Mae Larson, of Circle, died at her home with her husband, Kent, and daughter, Denise, at her side. She was born Nov. 18, 1937 to Eldin “Slim” Freitag and Hazel Wilhelm Freitag at their home in Circle. Donna grew up and attended schools in Circle. She met and fell in love with Kent Larson, they were married on Feb. 11, 1955. Together, they were the proud parents of four children, two daughters and two sons. She was a true example of a help-mate to Kent in their different business adventures. She was the bookkeeper at KentÂ´s Body Shop in the earlier years, along with taking care of the children, keeping an immaculately clean house, and making sure the family had well-balanced, nutritious meals. They owned and operated the Gambles Store for many years. She loved the Gambles Store; checking in new merchandise, traveling to markets, and assisting customers were a big part of her life. She especially loved the paint department and truly was a paint specialist. It later became Larson True Value and is currently owned by son, Arnie, and wife, Sandy. As they transitioned out of the hardware business, they farmed and ranched together. Donna was always working alongside Kent doing whatever was necessary to get the job done.
Donna enjoyed canning meat, sewing, embroidery, bowling on the “GambleÂ´s” bowling team, and waterskiing. She upholstered furniture and most recently re-upholstered the interiors of the old cars Kent restored. Donna also re-finished antique furniture. She especially loved to make cookies and candy for Christmas. She was a can-do person, if something needed to be done, she would do it. Donna enjoyed using the computer, as her illness progressed and she became homebound, it became her lifeline to the outside world.
Donna valued education, commenting that knowledge gained could never be taken away. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to continually learn new things and advance their education. Her motto was, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”
Some of the high lights in her life were a trip to the Bahamas and going to the annual Honda Dealer conventions. There, she and Kent would visit with Mr. Honda, the company founder. Donna and Kent were members of the Montana Model “T” Club. She loved going on the old car tours, traveling the back roads of Montana to picnic and camp at various locations. As a young woman, she was an active member of Rainbow for Girls; the organization held a special place in her heart. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star and the Lutheran Church. She was a very practical person, and she always told Kent, “Buy me chocolate instead of flowers.”
She is survived by her husband, Kent, four children; Denise (Tim) Warner of Laurel, and Amy (Dick) Hofacker of Colstrip, Arnie (Sandy) Larson of Circle, Don (Rajeana) Larson of Circle, and one sister, Joyce “Nubby” Larson of Spearfish SD, 12 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers; Dean “Skip” Freitag, Jerry Freitag, and Albert at infancy.
Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday April 16, 2012 at the Stevenson and Sons Chapel in Circle. Lunch will follow at the CCM. Memorials may be made to the charity of oneÂ´s choice and condolences may be made on the Stevenson and Sons website, www.stevensonandsons.com. Interment will be at the Circle Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Circle is in charge of the arrangements.