Sandra Louise (Kindle) Larson, 80, of rural Marquette, died peacefully at home Wednesday, June 21, 2023, surrounded by her loving family.
Born December 16, 1942 in Warsaw, MO, Sandra was the second child of James A. Kindle and Leola E. (Bailey) Kindle. Sandy attended school in Warsaw, graduating from Warsaw High School in 1960.
Following high school, Sandy worked for E.C. Bishop’s Gun Stock Company in Warsaw for ten years before moving to Kansas City and taking a job at Black, Sivalls, & Bryson, and then Montgomery Wards. It was at a Montgomery Ward’s Christmas party where she met Merlyn (Merle) Larson.
Sandra & Merlyn were married on November 10, 1973, at First Baptist Church in Warsaw, MO. In 1974, they returned to Merle’s family dairy farm in rural Marquette, KS where Sandy helped Merle with chores & calf rearing for many years.
Sandy’s final career change came in 1989 when she went back to school to become an LPN. She graduated from Central Kansas Vocational School in 1990 with her Practical Nursing Diploma. She found her calling as an LPN at Riverview Estates where she worked for over 20 years, caring for her residents as though they were her own family.
Sandy will be remembered as the strong & loving mother of Matthew & Kirsten Larson and the devoted and generous granny to Magnus & Leif Larson. She rarely missed an event in which her kids or grandkids participated and enjoyed every opportunity to spend time with family.
Sandy was a member of Elim Lutheran Church and served Marquette as an EMT for several years. In recent years, you might have found Sandy gallivanting around the countryside with the three other Golden Girls; Sherry Sneath, Phyllis Odell, & Lois Johnson. It is unclear if any outstanding warrants were still in existence at the time of her death.
Sandy was preceded in death by Merlyn Larson, her husband of nearly 50 years; her brother, Duane Kindle; and her nephew J.D. Kindle.
She is survived by her son Matthew Larson and grandsons Magnus & Leif Larson, Shawnee, KS; daughter Kirsten Larson, Overland Park, KS; sister Kay (Ray) Schenewark, Lincoln, MO; many nieces & nephews; and many friends.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 30 at Elim Lutheran Church, 403 N Lincoln St., Marquette, KS with Pastor Amy Kay Pavlovich officiating. Burial will follow at Marquette Lutheran Cemetery. A luncheon will follow at Elim.
Visitation will be Thursday, June 29 from 5 - 7 p.m at Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N Chestnut St, McPherson, KS 67460.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Marquette EMS or to Elim Lutheran Church. Memorials may be sent in care of Stockham Family Funeral Home, 205 N Chestnut St, McPherson, KS 67460.