Marla Kay Larson
December 2, 1942 - October 5, 2022

Marla Kay Larson

Marla Kay Larson
Dec 2, 1942 - Oct 5, 2022

Marla Kay Larson
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Marla Kay Larson age 79 of Ames, died at Westhaven Community in Boone, Iowa on October 5, 2022. A visitation will be 1-3:00 p.m. Sunday October 9, 2022, at Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care, 414 Lincoln Way, Ames, Iowa with a 1:00 p.m. Monday Oct. 10, funeral service at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave., Ames, Iowa. Burial will take place at Ames Municipal Cemetery, Ames, Iowa.

Marla Kay Peterson was born December 2, 1942, in Ames, Iowa the daughter of Daniel and June Marie Jondall Peterson. She graduated from Ames High School in 1961. Marla married Ron Larson on August 26, 1962, in Ames. She and Ron made their home in Ames and had three children, Kevin, Lonnie, and Kristin. Marla loved gardening and decorating her home for every holiday enjoying her talents with her family and friends. Marla owned the Rainforest Flower Shop before going to work for the USDA. She then retired from Mary Greeley Medical Center in the business office. She and Ron were members of the Bethesda Lutheran Church. She enjoyed volunteering at Hidden Acres Christian Center in Dayton with her daughter Kristin where the two of them would cook up a storm. She also enjoyed making professional relish trays.

Marla is survived by her husband, Ron Larson, her children Kevin (Rhonda) Larson, Lonnie (Amy) Larson and Kristin (Ryan) Graden, six grandchildren, Kelsie Larson, Brittany Larson, Rylee Graden, Brenlie Graden, Taydem Graden, Paysen Graden, and two great grandson, Jaxson and Draven.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and a sister, Karen Waterman.

Online condolences may be directed to

Ed Hendrickson on Oct 14, 2022

Dear Ron and family.
My sympathies to you from a very old friend. Lookie there Ed when we went to Detroit.
I'm living at Okoboji since my wife Mary died.

Jeanne Healey Moore on Oct 10, 2022

An absolutely beautiful tribute to a lady loved beyond measure. My condolences to the Larson family.
Jeanne Healey Moore

Kathy Davis on Oct 9, 2022

I enjoyed Marla so much as a co-worker at MGMC. We all looked forward to pot luck days because we knew Marla would bring something delicious. Oh, those popcorn balls of hers!! I am so sorry for this tremendous loss to the Larson family. She adored her family so much.

LaNette Redmon on Oct 8, 2022

Just watched the video and have to keep the tears from coming. She was a beautiful soul. I thought today,
now she and Jim can jump off of Indian Joe at Delhi! They both are healthy now ! LaNette

Teri Villwock on Oct 8, 2022

A wonderful friend and great lady has been lost to us all. Marla and the Villwock families go way back. Marla and Claudette have had a friendship since Central Junior High and that friendship included all the Villwock’s throughout the years.
Marla and I worked together at MGMC and as many have said, she brought a lot of joy to the B.O, (business office). We are very thankful to have known her.
Our deepest sympathies to the Larson families for your loss. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. We all will keep her memories close to our hearts.
Love you all
Teri, Van, and the Villwock families

Vanessa Wood on Oct 8, 2022

I always loved working with Marla. She was one of my favorites. Such a sweet soul. She will be greatly missed at Westhaven. ❤️

Pam Nerness on Oct 7, 2022

Marla was always a sweet lady and I loved working with her at Mary Greeley. My condolences and prayers of comfort to her family. She will be missed always.

Sandra Pflug on Oct 7, 2022

To the Larson family, I worked with Marla at Mary Greeley for many years at MGMC. She was a fantastic lady, proud to be her friend! Have some great memories with her!! She would do anything for anybody. She will be missed greatly. Cherish all the memories! God’s Blessings to you all. Sandra Pflug

Paul Becker on Oct 6, 2022

I was so sad to hear the passing of Marla. You see the Larson Family we're not just neighbors, but they were family! As with kids I grew up with Kevin and Lonnie, and many times Marla was our taxi in taking us kids to school. Then there were the 26th street block party that went on for years, all good times. Ron, Kevin, Lonnie, and Kristen,may God be close to you now, and in the days ahead .
Paul & Melissa Becker

Bonnie Skjordal on Oct 6, 2022

Marla was one of my first mentors when I started at the hospital many years ago. She was kind, funny, patient and I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Paul and I are so sorry for your loss!

Becky Voas on Oct 6, 2022

Ron and family, I have so many memories of working with Marla and attending gatherings at your house. Marla was always so kind—a gentle soul. Please accept my condolences on this huge loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen Braymen on Oct 6, 2022

Ron & family- I knew Marla when she was the unofficial (?) Social Director of the Business Office at MGMC. She was such a sweet, caring woman who was a blast to work with! I’m so sorry for your loss.



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Grandon Funeral and Cremation Care
414 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA 50010
1:00 PM


Bethesda Lutheran Church
1517 Northwestern
Ames, Iowa 50010
1:00 PM

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