ESCANABA - Laurie L. Larson, 57, of E4858 Highway M-35 in Escanaba, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, at Christian Park Health Care Center in Escanaba. She was born Jan. 23, 1956, in Santa Monica, Calif., and was the daughter of Ernest and Patricia (Doucette) LaFave. Laurie moved to Escanaba in 1956. She graduated from Escanaba High School in 1973 and then attended Bay de Noc Community College and later Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The former Laurie LaFave married Brent Larson on Oct. 12, 1988. Laurie loved children and cared for many young people in this area. She had a passion for animals, would take distressed animals into her home and enjoyed writing, including writing poetry. Laurie cherished her annual trip to the Haymeadow campground with a group of friends known as the "Bozos." Laurie L. Larson is survived by: husband, Brent; son, Caleb; daughter, Stacy Miron; three grandchildren, Sidney, Justin and Erinn; one great-grandchild, Aida; parents, Ernest and Patricia LaFave of Escanaba; sister- Mickey LaFave of Denver; special sister-in-law, Becky Espinosa; several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.