Gayle Noreen Larsen, 87

Thursday, May 12, 2022
Gayle Noreen Larsen, 87

Gayle Larsen

Gayle Noreen Larsen, 87, went to her heavenly home on April 27, 2022. A steadfast and faithful woman who loved the Lord, Gayle had long awaited her reunion with her Savior. She passed away peacefully, knowing she was loved.

She was born on June 28, 1934 to Lucille Kessler and Donald Kinmark. She grew up primarily with her maternal grandparents in North Dakota and with her mother and stepfather Russell Hendrickson traveling between Montana, Washington and North Dakota. She was always so appreciative of her grandparents for being so supportive and for her father Russ who adopted and loved her. Her favorite early memories were of nature, living in Swan Lake, seeing black bears, sleeping under the stars, and of her 3 younger brothers and sister whom she treasured.

After graduation from Dickinson N.D. High School, she attended Cosmetology School in Seattle. It was there she met her best and lifelong friend Arlene. After graduation, the two friends moved to Billing Montana to work in a beauty shop. The owner took the two young ladies under his wing, gave them a place to stay and a pink wood paneled station wagon that advertised Charles House of Beauty. They had more fun driving around town in that pink station wagon. After a short period of time, Charles opened a beauty shop in Forsyth, MT and Gayle and Arlene moved there to start their careers.

It was in Forsyth Montana that Gayle met and married LeRoy Larsen and settled there where she raised her family, 2 sons (Chris and Grant) and 1 daughter (LeAnn). Arlene and her husband, Bob Coate, lived right across the alley and the two families shared all the joys that living in a small town could bring. The families were extremely close for the next decades and still feel as though they are family.

Though Gayle experienced numerous heath issues throughout her life, she never ever complained and was grateful for the bountiful life she had. Her wants were simple and she was appreciative, gracious, humble, content, and found joy in her family, friends and her unwavering faith.

She is survived by her sister, 2 brothers, 2 sons Grant Larsen (Cindy), Craig Menzel (Terri), daughter LeAnn Larsen Melzer (Ric), grandsons, granddaughters, and great grandchildren.

We would like to thank the years of tremendous care from the Billing Clinic Cardiology Team, including Dr. J.P. Rodriquez and the Heart Failure Nurses (especially Carol), and the Billings Clinic Wound Care Team including Dr. Hurd and the Wound Care Staff. We would also like to thank the amazing and compassionate staff at St. John’s Chapel Court, including Nurses, Transitional Care Nurses, Social Workers and Kitchen Staff. Every one of them made her feel special.

Gayle desired cremation, and small family gatherings will be held to celebrate her life.