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Vonette L. Larsen

April 24, 1964 ~ January 1, 2006

My wife, our mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend was taken from us Jan. 1, 2006.

Vonette was born April 24, 1964, in Toppenish, Wash. After graduating from high school in Battleground, Wash., she attended and graduated from cosmetology school in Vancouver, Wash. Vonette married her high school sweetheart, Joel Larsen, in 1983.

She was a member of the Battleground High School Drill Team, the "Outlaws," a women's equestrian drill team and Silver Buckle Rodeo Club.

Vonette, her husband and their three daughters moved to Athol in 1998.

She enjoyed hiking, going on four-wheel and snowmobile rides, riding the Harley with her husband and spending time with her family and friends. She was a prankster with a quick wit, but a very compassionate and caring individual.

Vonette was dedicated to her many clients and had a special affection for her senior customers. Her grandson was a special blessing to her.

Vonette is survived by her husband Joel, daughters Jovon, Joleen and Jamie; grandson Zac; father Von Berry and stepmother Mary, Vancouver, Wash.; mother Bobbie DeBower and step father Dean, Lincoln City, Ore., previously of Athol; sister Sandi Cobb and husband Kenny, Castle Rock, Wash.; mother-in-law Ruth Larsen, Battleground, Wash; brother-in-law Jack Larsen, Battleground; sister-in-law JoAnn Carrol and husband Gary, Prescott, Ariz.; and all aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

"Vonette, you will be missed by your family, friends and all the people you have touched." Her 3-year-old grandson always told her: "You're the bestest grandma in the whole wide world ever again."

The family requests, if you wish, donations in lieu of flowers, be made in memory of Vonette to her daughters. Donations will be accepted at any Global Credit Union.

There will not be a funeral or memorial service at this time. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. 

Guest Registry Entries:

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Name: Patti Scallen
City: Rathdrum
State: Idaho
Email: tpj@adelphia.net
Date: 1/6/06

I was so saddened to hear of Mrs. Larsen's passing. Although I did not know her, I do know her daughter Jaime as I am a Lakeland Bus Driver. Jaime, honey, my heartfelt sympathy goes out to you, your sisters and dad. God Bless You All.

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Name: Jami Harrington
City: Rathdrum
State: Id
Country: USA
Email: Lucky8gr@aol.com
Date: 1-6-06

Im sorry to hear about your mother jovon and joleen, no one can even imagine how you two feel. Im here for both of you. She always remember she is watching over you,
With all my love
Jami

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Name: Jim and Lorraine Briggs
City: Craigmont
State: Idaho
Email: ljb65@camasnet.com
Date: 1-6-06

I will greatly miss you Vonette.I have known her for 27 years and she has always had the same personality. She always brought a smile and a laugh with her.I will remember her as a wonderful friend and mother to her beautiful girls and the best and proudest grandmother.
My heart
hurts for Joel and the girls. I wish there was some way other than time to ease the pain. We will always be there for all of you.

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Name: Nancy and Brenda Elder
City: Battle ground
State: Wa
Email: gogoomba@aol.com
Date: 01-06-06

Joel, Joleen, Jovon, Jamie.Out prayers are with each of you, We missed you guys when you moved, Vonette was a great lady and friend, she will be so very much missed.
Pleas give each other a big hug from Brenda and Myself.
If I can do anything at all for you are the girls please call.  ( Crosswind Stables)

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Name: Paul Meyer
City: Oregon City
State: OR
Email: meyer1061@msn.com
Date: 01/06/2006

Joel and Family,
So sad to hear of your loss. My heartfelt Sympathies to you and your daughters and family.

Paul
Baker Commodities
Portland Division

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Name: Becky Boyle (Schulz)
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Email: BAB642003@YAHOO.COM
Date: 01/07/06

Joel and family I'm so sorry for your loss! I remeber Vonette's sense of humor the most. Take care of your selves

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Name: Virginia Wood
City: Couer d Alene
State: Idaho
Country: usa
Email: strwbrryblnd33@aol.com
Date: 1-7-06

Every Thrusday's at 10:00 I will be thinking of Vonette because that is when she did my hair for me. Vonette had done my hair for 4-5 years and she was my joy and fun. She was good to us old people. Vonette will always be in my heart and thoughts.

Love Virginia Wood

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Name: Michele North
City: Hayden Lake
State: ID
Email: mnorth@my180.net
Date: 1/7/06

Joel & Girls,
I am so sorry to hear about Vonette, I first met her about the time she started working at Centre Hair Design.  I spent many afternoons getting my hair done watching soap operas with her and shared stories about mutual ladies we took care of.  She will be greatly missed.
Michele

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Name: stacey
City: rathdrum
State: id
Email: cowgrlup0913@hotmail.com
Date: 1/7/06

joel,jovon,jolene,jamie,zac and family:
i am very sorry for your loss. just know that she is always watching you and will always be with you. i cant even imagine what your going through and im sorry it happend to such a wonderful family. jovon and jolene im sorry that you girls had to experience such an evil man. i love ya girls and your all in my prayers. god bless.

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Name: DON AND SUNDAY BERRY
City: RIDGEFIELD
State: WA
Email: DANNYGIRL0811@YAHOO.COM
Date: 1-7-06

JOEL, JOVON, JOLENE AND JAMIE,

WE ARE SO VERY SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT VONETTE. WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS HOW WE FEEL. SHE WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEART AND MINDS. OUR FAMILY WILL KEEP ALL OF YOU IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. THIS IS A GREAT LOSS TO ALL OF VONETTE'S FAMILY. HER SENSE OF HUMOR WILL BE MISSED.
WE LOVE AND MISS YOU,
DON, SUNDAY, HOLLY,ANDREA,DANIELLE AND TYLER BERRY

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Name: Mat & Cheri Crain
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Country: USA
Email: matnyrbox@aol.com
Date: 01/08/06

 We cannot believe this tragedy. Joel and girls; words cannot ever express how sad and sorry we are for your loss. Vonette was such a sweet woman. We have all known each other forever it seems. You are in our thoughts and prayers.Its hard to believe this has really happened, please remember we are here for you to help in the healing process any time day or night.
Our sympathies to you Joel and all your extended family.
Mat,Cheri,Alexis and Savanna Crain
  

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Name: Katie Maffeo
City: Battle Ground
State: WA, 98604
Country: USA
Email: katiemaffeo@hotmail.com
Date: January 8, 2006

Dear Jovon and Family,
We were so sorry to read of your mother's tragic death. She touched all of our lives, as did the rest of your family, and her memory will remain with us. We're all praying that the fellowship of family and friends will see you through this time of mourning. If there is anything we can do, please let us know.
We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Sincerely,
Katie, Tom, Helen, and Alex Maffeo

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Name: Kelsea and Mallory
City: Rathdrum
State: Idaho
Email: kelseashae@hotmail.com
Date: 01/09/06

There are no words to describe how you all must feel. It is a terrible incident for anyone to go through. You know you are all very strong and I am glad you are making it through. She was a very wonderful person and will always be remembered forever as a blessing to this world. Never forget, noone ever is gone completely, Vonnette Larsen will always live in your heart and soul as long as you love and believe. We love you so very much. We are willing to do anything for you!!

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Name: Trish Mertens
City: Athol
State: ID
Country: USA
Email: Atholin9@yahoo.com
Date: 01-09-06

Joel, Jovon, Jolene, Jamie and my little man, Zac,
  You are all in my thoughts and prayers 24/7. My heart breaks for each and every one of you. I have read all the nice things others have said and all their offers of help and support. Please don't be afraid to take them up on their offers. So many people love you guys and would love to be of some help to you.
Jovon, Jolene, Jamie, your Mom's spirit and love lives on in you. I can se it in a word, a look , a gesture. I know you will all do her proud.
Love and prayers,
Grandma Mertens

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Name: Bev Larsen
City: Post Falls
State: ID
Email: larspadX2@verizon.net
Date: 1/9/06

To the Larsen family:  Vonette and I always joked about being related to each other. She cut my hair for a couple of years while I lived in Cd'A and I became very fond of her and enjoyed her spunk and sense of humor.  She was so thrilled about her new little grandson and shared pictures each time I saw her.  What a good Mama she was. Last time I saw her was here at the senior home in Post Falls where she was cutting my aunt's hair. She enjoyed the seniors and brought them lots of laughs and joy. There are so many of us sharing the loss of such a dear lady.  My heart hurts for you all, and my prayers will be with you for comfort and healing from this senseless tragedy. God bless you.   

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Name: Jennifer Allard
City: Sagle
State: ID
Email: jlallard12@hotmail.com
Date: 1-9-06

Jovon and Family,

Finding the right words are very difficult in such a tragic time.  I am so sorry for your loss.  I am praying for all of you. 
All my love!

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Name: Sheryl & Larry Amburgey
City: Longview
State: WA
Country: Cowlitz
Email: skamburgey@juno.com
Date: 01-10-06

I've known Vonette since Von, her dad, started working at the Hazel Dell Sewer District.  We've been friends for years and my heart breaks for the loss Von and all the family have suffered.  Please know that Larry & I will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

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Name: DAN-YELL LIATY
City: COEUR D' ALENE
State: IDAHO
Country: USA
Email: YELLERNBOYZ@AOL.COM
Date: 1/9/06

TO MY AUNT BOBBIE WHO LOST A DAUGHTER BEFORE HER LIFE WAS FULLY LIVED.  I AM SO SORRY THAT YOU HAD TO LOSE YOUR CHILD, NO ONE SHOULD HAVE TO GO THROUGH THAT.  I KNOW DEEP DOWN YOU ARE STRONG, AND WILL GET THROUGH THIS, I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.  WE WILL ALL BE THINKING OF HER AND HER BRAVERY. AND TO HER FAMILY WHO WAS JUST TRYING TO PROTECT THEIR CHILDREN. WHAT GREAT PARENTS YOU WERE.

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Name: Marilene Cannon (Davis)
City: Battleground
State: Washington
Email: marilenemc@gmail.com
Date: 1/11/06

Joel and girls,

I just received the news yesterday and have not been able to stop crying.  Vonette will be greatly missed.  My heart goes out to you.  I have missed you all since you moved to Idaho.  I will always remember the fun Vonette and I have had.  She was my first and best friend I had when we first moved here in 1977.

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Name: Robin Phillips
City: Vancouver
State: WA
Email: robsmp77@hotmail.com
Date: 1/11/2006

Dear Joel, Jovon, Joleen, & Jamie,

I know that words are only a feeble attempt to help someone going through such tragedy, but I am so sorry for your loss.  When Grandma Mary told me about what had happened, I was shocked and unmeasureably saddened.  I always enjoyed seeing you guys at Grandma & Grandpa's house.  Vonette's sense of humor and strength of character are to be admired.  I know that you have a very strong family unit, and that with time, love, and support you will get through this together.

All my thoughts and love,

Robin Phillips

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Name: Sherrie Holdsworth
City: Camas
State: Washington
Country: USA
Email: kevanhawk@aol.com
Date: 01/12/06

 Von and Mary  I am so sorry for you loss, I just don't have the words to give you comfort.  This is just to hard.  My heart aches for you.

With sincere sympathy, Sherrie and Kevan too.

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Name: Jessie and Yvette Baddgor
City: Brush Prairie
State: Washington
Country: United states
Email: JYBADDGOR@AOL.COM 
Date: Jan. 13, 2006

Dear Joel and Family,

We are very sorry to hear the news about Vonette,it's just so sad to lose a wonderful wife, mother, sister,etc. to such an unbelievable act. please except our deepest sympathies,sometimes the hurt is too big for words.

God Bless,

Jessie & Yvette Baddgor and family

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Name: Roy & Joyce Ashby
City: Battle Ground
State: WA
Country: United States
Email: mommason04@hotmail.com 
Date: 1/12/06

To The Larsen Family!
I just don't know where to start.  I have known Vonette as my friend, and hair dresser,and we known the family in BG before they moved.  It was such a shock.  It has taken days to hear about it, and get over the shock.  Know that our Prayers are with the family at this time.  We love you, and know that Vonette is looking down on you all!  I just can't find the words that I feel at this time.  I'm so glad that I got the chance in my life to meet such a kind person. She will be in my memory bank.  Thanks!  Much love and prayers for the family.  Any way we can help let us know.

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Name: Wayne & Louise Manuel
City: Surrey
State: BC
Country: Canada
Email: Louise.Manuel@ccra-adrc.gc.ca
Date: January 19, 2006

Joel, Jovon, Jolene, Jaime and Zac,

What can anyone say to help ease the pain you are experiencing. We were so sorry to hear about Vonette's death. We have spoken with Von and Bobbie, and expressed our condolences to them, and just wanted to pass on our sincerest sympathy to all of you as well. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Wayne and Louise

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Name: Mary Duncan (Carlgren)
City: Ridgefield
State: WA
Country: USA
Email: marycduncan@aol.com
Date: Jan 24, 2006

My sympathy to Joel and the Girls, what a shame that she was taken from your loving family so soon.

I meet Vonette in 1980 when I worked with Joel in Battle Ground @ AGCO Thriftway. They were such a cute couple and loving parents.

Always keep the happy memories alive and Vonette will live forever in your heart.

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Name: Kari Kaloi
City: Sacramento
State: California
Email: naniloa14@yahoo.com
Date: 01/24/2006

Jovon and family,
I am so sorry for what had happen, and you all are in my prayers. Just remember she will always be with you in spirit, looking after all of you. She loved you all so much, and she was such a wonderful person. My heart is with you all. If there is anything me and my family can do for you, we will always be there for you.  Vonette, you were such a great person, i am so glad to have been able to know you. May god watch over, and take care of you through the years.
We love you all,
Kari, Destany, and Family

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Name: Susan
City: Woodland
State: Wa
Country: USA
Email: susanbogart@adelphia.net
Date: January 31, 2006

Hi, I just heard of Vonettes death and I send my condolences and thoughts.  Her and I were friends in high school and I have such good memories of her and our times together.  Please know that my prayers will be with Joel and his family.  Susan Bogart (Emter)

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Name: Rayleen Cobb
City: Castlerock
State: Washington
Country: United states
Email: Rayleen_cobb09@hotmail.com
Date: 5-9-06

This is my aunt, and i hate thinking about what happened, and woundering how bad it hurt, i wish that ellington didnt exsist, nobody even knows how weird it is to have known her so well, and hung out with her and known all her little pranks, and then one day, its all gone, and you never reolize how much you will miss it, i meen yeah, it would get anoying somtimes, but then when it is gone, you never have it there again.....and you miss it.....
i love you auntie vonette
LOVE
Rayleen

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Name: Marge Johnson
City: Hayden Lake
State: ID
Country: USA
Email: centrebs@verizon. net
Date: 5/25/06

Joel and girls, the hurt just doesn't stop. I think of Vonette every day. She was like a daughter to me and the memories will live forever in my heart. Your loss is a loss to all who cared for her. Love to you all!Marge Johnson

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Name: Jan McClellan Wilson
City: Battle Ground
State: Wa.
Country: USA
Email: Roadrunningred@aol.com
Date: 8/31/2006

Its so hard to put into words the loss that I feel. Such a young woman-such a wonderful person- so sad that shes been taken from so many people who loved her. I'm so sorry Joel and girls for your loss. I can't imagine what you're going through. Its so hard to get over this kind of thing but I can tell you that some day the hurt will ease(it never goes away) but you do learn to live within your loss and you remember all the good times. Keep her memory alive for Zac..Love and Gods healing to you all.Next time you are in town please stop by. My boys would love to see you Joel... its been too long. Jan Wilson

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Name: Manali
City: Irvine
State: CA
Country: USA
Email: manali_kulkarni17@yahoo.com 
Date: 12/19/2006

I dont know your family and neither did I know Mrs.Vonette L. Larsen. I was just moved and saddened after reading about the sick road rage incident. I cant believe something so horrible and life changing can happen so fast and without warning. I admire your parents for wanting to protect you even in the face of death. I just wanted to say I think you all are very brave and I truly admire your grit and determination to get the accussed to justice. I cant believe that jerk is still not behind bars. Hang in there, God is watching over you all and things will get better!! Your family will be in my prayers.

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Name: Leslie D. Evans
City: Terre Haute
State: Indiana
Country: USA
Email: voekam@yahoo.com 
Date: 12/20/2006

I heard of your loss through Court TV and became very emotionally attached with the Larsen family because Vonette and I are the same age, graduated the same year from high school, are mothers to our children, and are both grandmothers.  The one thing Vonette had that I didn't was a 22 year marriage with a man who loved her.  Although I have never met any of you personally, I am truly sorry for your loss and the severe trauma your family has had to endure.  I sincerely hope that each of you are able to heal from this horrible event in your lives.              

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Name: Lisa Mitchell (Caldwell)
City: Bigfork
State: Montana
Country: USA
Email: leese40@hotmail.com
Date: Jan 14th 2007

Joel, Lorraine just told me about your wife,I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.


 

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