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September 19th, 2019

ida laraIda Lara, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 at her home after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. 

She was born Jan. 14, 1932 to Alfonzo Flores and Genevieve Uliberi in Logan, N.M.

She met her “one and only” Joseph, at a Liberal Redskins vs. Dodge City Demon basketball game, and at age 20, became his wife. He preceded her in death. 

She left school at age 16 to help provide for her siblings and worked for Southwestern Bell as a telephone operator. She retired from Southwestern Bell at age 48. She continued to work and make friends at Panhandle Eastern Pipeline in Liberal and retired from there at age 53. 

She and Joe moved to Wichita in 1985 where she began her third career at Dillard’s and retired from there at age 60.  

She enjoyed dancing, travel, camping, volunteering and spending time with her husband and family. 

She was active in her church and twice served as the State Regent for the Daughters of Isabella.  

Survivors include four children: Anita Lara, Wichita, Christina Lara, Wichita, Cecelia (Mick) Cayless, Wichita, and Jeffrey (Mickie), Gilbert, Ariz.; nephew, Larry (Pam) Lara, Andover; grandchildren: Andrea Lara, Jeremy (Setiva) Lyda-Lara, Trinity Lara, and Lauren, Jeffrey and Genevieve Cayless, Jessica (Tim) Bell, and Jackson Lara; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.  

She was also preceded in death by her parents; infant grandson, Jordan Jeffrey Lara; and siblings: Alfonzo Flores Jr., Emily Marie McNabb, Alfred Flores and Jody Flores.

• Rosary services will be at 7pm Friday, Sept. 6, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection at 4910 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire. 

Funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at Church of the Resurrection, 4910 N. Woodlawn in Bel Aire.

In lieu of flowers, please honor her memory with a gift to Daughters of Isabella, which was so important in her life, and Good Shepherd Hospice, which was instrumental in providing comfort and dignity in her final days.

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