Lara Elizabeth Welch
October 28, 1985 - September 10, 2016
Our beloved daughter went to be with Jesus on September 10, 2016. She passed away while her mother and father held her hands and told her it was OK to let go. Lara died from Multiple Sclerosis. She never let it take away her identity; she was Lara right up to the end.
Lara was born in 1985 in Corvallis, Oregon to Gary and MaryBeth Welch. When she was three years old they moved to Buhl, Idaho and soon welcomed her new brother, Zakary. Six years later another brother, Max, came along and made the family complete.
Lara attended school in Buhl, graduating in 2004. She was an excellent student with terrific grades and participated in sports all through school. She was also very involved in the high school drama department and summer theater productions.
Following high school she moved to Oregon and worked a variety of jobs in the restaurant business; her favorite was being a chef and using her cooking skills and creativity to its fullest.
It was in Oregon that she was diagnosed with M.S. She could no longer work as a chef. So, she began taking college classes, believing she would find a new career as a teacher. Too soon the disease progressed enough to take away her ability to live independently, so she returned to Idaho. Her family was overjoyed to have her back in Buhl and be able to take care of her and be together. The time was way too short, but we cherished each moment.
Lara is survived by her parents, Gary and MaryBeth Welch of Buhl, Idaho; her two brothers, whom she adored, Zakary (Natalie) of Meridian and Max of Moscow; maternal grandparents, Francis and Betty Johnson of Corvallis, Oregon; paternal grandparents, Merle and Jean Welch of Roseburg, Oregon and Wanda and Dan Langdon of Yoncalla, Oregon. Also, not by blood, but by love, Aunt Louise Nofziger.
We want to give a special thank you to Dr. Nofziger for the special care he has given to Lara since she was 3 years old, as well as, the staff of Desert View Care Center for the compassion, care and love they showered on her. Thank you also for all our friends who have showered us with love and care through this difficult time. God bless you all.
Lara, we will all be together again some day. Revelation 21:4-5 tells us "He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no longer any death, there shall be no longer any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first has passed away. Behold I am making all things new. Write, for these words are faithful and true."
A memorial service has been scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at the Filer Mennonite Church, 109 5th St, Filer, Idaho.
In lieu of flowers it is requested that donations be made to the M.S. Foundation at;
National MS Society
P.O. Box 4527
New York, NY 10163