Bonnie R. (Larsson) Judson

Bonnie Judson, 83, long time resident of Clarion, Iowa, passed away at her home on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from natural causes.

A Celebration of Life for Bonnie Judson will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Holmes Baptist Church, 2137 Hancock Avenue in Holmes, with Pastor Zach Fischer officiating. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday.

Bonnie Ruth (Larsson) Judson was born October 21, 1931 on a farm near Dows, Iowa.  She was the 6th of 7 children born to Harry Frederick Larsson and Iris Opal (Tuel) Larsson.  Bonnie attended school in Dows, Iowa graduating from high school in 1949.  She met and married James (Jim) Judson, Jr. that same year.  The couple made their home in several Iowa communities including Dows, Bellevue, and Waterloo.  They were married 56 years at the time of Jim’s death in 2005.

Five children were born to Bonnie and Jim; Jeffrey J. Judson (deceased in 2012), Jennifer J. Judson-Harms (Ted) from New Hampton, Iowa, Janelle J. Rohrer (Tom) from Burnsville, Minnesota, James E. Judson III (Laura) from Union, Missouri, and Jonathan J. Judson (Kay Neumann) from Dedham, Iowa.

Bonnie has 12 grandchildren; Brandi Winters from Corwith, Iowa, Jarret Judson from Tempe, Arizona, Bill Smutz Jr. from Dysart, Iowa, Bonnie Wolf from New Hampton, Iowa, Jamie Nelson from Northwood, Iowa, Ashley Danger from Iowa Falls, Iowa, Gabriel Smutz from Dubuque, Iowa, Benjamin Judson from Otho, Iowa, Aubrey Judson from Austin, Texas, Sally Serna from Rochester, Minnesota, Ian Judson from Dedham, Iowa, and Savanna Judson from Dedham, Iowa.  She also has 23 great-grandchildren.

Bonnie was a homemaker and a stay-at-home mom most of her life.  She worked for a short while in the 1960s as a bookkeeper at an egg processing plant in Clarion, and later as a nurse’s aide at the Clarion Hospital.  In 1973 she and Jim bought Weitman’s Flowers in Clarion, a flower shop and greenhouse where they worked and lived until their retirement in 2003.  Bonnie continued to live at this residence until her death.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her son, Jeff, her parents, and three brothers, Harry Larsson Jr., Craig Larsson, and Gene Larsson.  She is survived by four children, 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Flora Specht (Wilbur) from Danville, Iowa, Donna Ross (Omer) from Mazeppa, Minnesota, and Jane Sorensen from Protivin, Iowa, along with many nieces and nephews.

Bonnie was a member of Holmes Baptist Church where she attended faithfully for many years.  She loved the Lord, her large family, her cats, baking, cooking, and gardening.  She will be sadly missed by her family, her church family, and many friends.



Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 11:00 am
Where: Holmes Baptist Church
2137 Hancock Avenue, Clarion, Iowa 50525
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