Nona Larson Hakanson

March 13, 1930June 4, 2020

"A page may have turned but the chapter continues"

Nona Hakanson was born Nona R. Larson on March 13th 1930 in La Grande, Oregon to Orin Leonard Larson and Mina Ellen Gilkison and she died, peacefully of natural causes, while traveling with family on June 4, 2020 in Boise, Idaho. She married the love of her life, Milton (Swede) L. Hakanson June 5, 1948 in La Grande, Oregon.

She is survived by her children, Kip, Kerry (Sue), Marie (Marv), and Janell, 9 grandchildren, Justin, Jake (Chris), Ben, Michele (Justyn), Geoff, Christine (Matt), Mikayla, Chelsea (Josiah), and Cassandra (Alex), and 14 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, parents, brother Desmond, sister Elma, sister Carol and daughter-in-law Beth.

Nona lived her life in service to her family and friends. She always thought about their needs first. To say she lived her life for her family was an understatement. Her world revolved around her family. She would fix Swedish pancakes tirelessly, make any meal requested, and ensure their happiness before she thought of her own desires.

She loved reading (2-3 books a week) and shared her books with her sister Carol. To keep her mind sharp, she filled in the crosswords in the newspaper daily, even "cheating" to look up some answers so that she could learn something new. She loved to put jigsaw puzzles together and would not get mad if a used puzzle was missing a piece or two at the end. She loved game shows and recorded them for daily viewing when time allowed. She loved to play cards with her family and friends, her favorites being pinochle, "wrinkles" (Canadian rummy), and 31. She loved to play the slots whenever she was in Nevada (or within 20 miles of any casino), always seeming to come out slightly ahead in the wee hours of the morning.

After her children were raised, she worked at the Parkrose School District administrative office, the same school district Milt served in for 31 years. She was a loving companion and took care of Milt after his retirement in 1982 until his passing in 2004. She was always at every event her children participated in, be it sports, performances, or whatever. She was skilled at the piano, although she didn't have the opportunity to play often. She loved to go golfing with her kids and was the first in her family to get a Wii console challenging her grandchildren to games of golf and bowling.

There will be a private interment at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.

Nona will be remembered fondly and lovingly by her family and friends. We miss you already, mom!


  • Committal Service

    Friday, June 19, 2020


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Annell Carlson

June 21, 2020

I remember Nona as a wonderful mother to her children. I taught Kip at Heights Junior High. I also remember Swede. They were both wonderful people.

Annell Carlson

Dana Meyer

June 21, 2020

Living down the street from the Hakanson family meant being friends and spending time there in my youth. Nona was one of the leaders of the Brownie troop, always enthusiastically enjoying that role. I had the good luck to develop an early and long friendship with their daughter Marie, and we played Barbies or listened to tunes on the radio in their vast basement.
My best wishes to the family.
From, Dana (Roberts) Meyer

Nancy Wankier

June 14, 2020

I could feel Nonas love for her family. She was always smiling and happy when gathered with those she loved. She and Milt we’re kind and giving. We loved visiting them. They made us feel at home.

Samuel, Ana María and Antonis Henry

June 13, 2020

For the last 26 years we enjoyed Milt and Nona’s neighborly love, as a matter of fact they became Antonia’s Troutdale grandparents. Always present for important occasions, always present for daily life occasions. First Milt and now Nona departed Troutdale. We love you guys and will always be in our hearts. 🥰😨

Beverly Carlson

June 13, 2020

I grew up in Parkrose next door to the Hakanson family. A wonderful neighbor, I remember Nona was always coming or going it seemed. A very busy lady with her 4 children to raise. She did it well! I enjoyed babysitting for the girls from time to time. I have fond memories of Nona and Milt. I became a teacher myself and Milt was kind to give me a start in substitute teaching at Shaver school before I landed my own full time job. A wonderful family. We had the best neighbors on 117th street. Very blessed to grow up on this street and next door to these special neighbors. Life doesn't end, it changes to eternal life. A life well lived without a doubt. Rest in peace Nona! You will be missed by many! Bev Cox Carlson