Denise Loreen Larson
Oct 7, 1965 – Oct 22, 2014
Denise “D” Loreen (Andres) Larson, 49, of Shoreline, WA died on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from cancer.
She arrived on October 7, 1965 the second of four children born to Alicio Sr. and Maureen Andres. Denise’s siblings are older brother Alicio Jr., younger brother Matthew, and sister Nikki.
Denise attended St. Edward’s Catholic school from kindergarten through 8th grade. She then completed a year at John F. Kennedy High School. It was the strong foundation of Christian faith that Denise received during these years that became the hallmark of her life. She then attended Franklin High School and was proud to be known as a “Quaker.” Denise was a popular student and excelled in the classroom and on the soccer field. Although right handed, her left leg strength and accuracy were legendary. After graduation she received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and earned her Master’s degree in Christian Marriage Family Counseling from Antioch University in Seattle.
Denise’s skill as an administrator and talent for building programs blossomed upon graduation. She was hired by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and was instrumental in building the Academic and Cultural Excellence Program, Kwiat Child Development Center and the Head Start Program. Her love of education and heart to see all students fulfill their potential were motivating forces behind her work.
After a short courtship Denise wed Monty Larson on June 8, 1991 in Seattle. It would be the first of two marriages to Monty. The faulty foundation of their first marriage failed in July of 1995. The couple, after receiving the love, comfort, and direction of Jesus Christ were reconciled and subsequently remarried December 31, 1997 in Seattle surrounded by family and friends.
They then moved to Los Angeles until 1999 when the Lord moved them to Bismarck, ND to care for Monty’s father until his passing.
Although Denise and Monty were unable to have their own children, Denise became known as “mom” to many spiritual children. Denise was a great mother and loved to take care of people. The couple moved back to SeaTac, WA in September of 2009 and assumed a care giving role to her mother Maureen and a parenting role in the lives of her older brother Alicio Jr’s children. In her heart, they became her children. She was serving in these capacities until the time of her death.
Denise’s interests and hobbies included cooking, quilting, hosting High Tea Parties, and scrap booking. She also loved an occasional and exhilarating whitewater river raft ride too!
She was an avid fan of her beloved Washington Huskies and Seattle Seahawks.
Denise’s life verse was:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1
She is survived by her husband Monty, mother Maureen Andres, brother Matthew Andres (Dawna), sister Nikki Estes (Dennis), Darlene Peters, Sister-in-law; Monica, Anita Keller (Jeff), Nancy Razo (Ben). Brother-in-law; Duane Hatnenn, Byron Larson (Deb). Nieces and Nephews; Alicia (David Coleman), Alana, Alexis, Solomon (Alicio Jr. and Monica), Antonio, Sophia, Dominque (Matt and Dawna), Savana, DJ (Nikki and Dennis), Seri and Aidan (Byron and Deb), Christian (Clay Fraser), Melinda, Hilary, (Steve and Darlene) Great Nieces; Aliyah (Alicia, David Coleman) Savanna (Melinda). Aunts and Uncles; Monica Ford, Cea Cea and Don Bicknell, Bob and Sandy Murray, Bob Agdamag. Cousins; David King, Greg King (Shelly), Monnette Schrader (Mike), Mikki Babcock (Daryll), Laura Edmonds, Jeff Murray, Terri Murray, Tom Murray, Rainee Spadoni (Paul), Lotte Pedersen (Bob), Keren Berry (Ken), Carole Marzi (Benji), David Harper, Russell Harper (Deidri), Sam Harper, Sunshine Milsom (Jason), Ish Talbot (Steve), Jennifer Hayword (Vic).
Preceded in death by; father Alicio Andres Sr., brother Alicio Andres Jr., Uncle Tom Ford, Uncle Frank and Aunt Carmen Murray, Aunt Lynn and Uncle Ed Marzi, Aunt Puddie Agdamag, and Neice Amy Edwards.
Celebration of Life Service: Evergreen Church, Burien WA
Sunday, October 26th. 2:00 – 6:00pm
Officiant: Pastor Cheryl Metcalf
Casket Bearers: Jeff Murray
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