Denise (Haile) Lara

Sept. 1970 ~ Nov.  2017

About the Service

Celebration of her life on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00p.m. at Allen Mortuary.  Interment will take place at a later date at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Denise went home to be with the Lord on November 6, 2017 due to complications from cancer.  Denise was 47 years young.  She was born in Turlock and spent most of her life in the Denair/Turlock area.  Turlock was her permanent home with her husband, children and their two dogs, Katie and Rocco, whom she adored and loved.  Her favorite activities included camping and boating with her extended family.

Denise was a valued employee at Golden State Mixing/American Calf Products for 6 years and previously Stanislaus Food Products for 16 years.  She was a loving and giving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.  She gave her whole heart to her family, friends and jobs.  Denise was loved and respected by all who were blessed to be in her life.  She touched all our lives in a wonderfully positive way.  Denise was so proud of her husband and children.  She loved the color purple, Mexican food, scary movies, reading and “Criminal Minds”.  Her house was open to all her children’s friends and she loved having them come over and hang out.  They all loved her and thought of her as “Mom”.  She also loved watching her daughter play softball.  Denise was spunky, feisty, and independent and stood up for what she thought was right.  She was caring, compassionate, trustworthy and loyal to all her family and friends.  She will be missed by many.

Denise leaves behind her husband Louie Lara; children Lewis Lara and Lynnae Lara; mother Sharyn Hedberg; siblings Jeff (Corlena) Haile and Kim (Brian) Martin; aunts and uncles Mike McDaniel, Robin McDaniel, Dick (Pam) Haile, Nancy (Lamar) Pope, Ron (Judy) Haile, Mike (Linda) Choate, and Bobbie Edgar; numerous cousins including Travis (Charlotte) Edgerton and Kiah (Ed) Applegate; nieces and nephews Liam and Paige Martin, and Nick and Angelina Polegato; sisters and brothers-in-law Terri Verduzco, Stella Carreon, Cynthia Jackson and Ronnie Jackson; stepdaughter Letticia Lara; mother-in-law Connie Arreguin; special friends Renee Fantazia, Taylor Simmons, Flora Shamoon and Kristina Barrian.

Denise was preceded in death by her father William Haile; stepmother Pam Haile; grandparents Melba McDaniel, Tom and Gloria McDaniel, Merval and Ella Belle Haile; aunt and uncle Bobbie and Marland Jones; cousins Shawna Edger and Menese Choate.

A celebration of Denise’s life will be held on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:00p.m. at Allen Mortuary, 247 N Broadway, Turlock, CA.  Interment will take place at a later date at Lakewood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been set up for Denise’s children at Farmers & Merchants Bank. Any checks should be made out to Sharyn Hedberg FBO Lewis Lara & Lynnae Lara. Contributions can be made at any F & M Bank, or mailed to F & M Bank, 121 S. Center Street, Turlock, CA 95380 Attn: Veronica.

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  1. When I met you you were only 20, at that little 50’s bar. I had just started working there as a bartender. I had just met and started working with Renee’. I just assumed you were 21, because Renee and Susanna were both 21. Until you invited me to your 21st birthday party..I remember Susanna holding your hair, in the bathroom at Black Angus. Somehow I fit in with you 3..I introduced you to my son, and he loved you instantly. He heard you burp, and was so amazed, and wanted to know how. Of coarse you showed him. He thought you were all so cool. We talked almost everyday, about almost everything for 2 years. I watched you fall in love, and I remember how scared you were for Louie to meet your parents, because of his tattoos. Then you moved back to Turlock, got married, started having babies.. We didn’t always talk to each other, but when we did it was like no time had passed. My heart hurts for your kids, your husband, your mom and brother. To know I will never talk to you again, is so hard to wrap my head around. It seems that we just talked..and then you were gone..I will miss you forever my friend.. I loved you then I love you still, I always have and I always will.. Shelli

  2. Why can’t I put the pen to this paper? I can’t believe your gone, and it’s a week later. I don’t understand why God took you now. I should be strong, but I don’t know how. How do I say ALL that you’ve been? YEARS, you and I through the thick and the thin.
    When we were just kids, we swore, that we’d be, best friends forever, you and me.
    We said we’d have children at the same time. Then you had Lewis and I was behind. Then some time passed, and Lewis came to stay, while you had Lynnae, and then I had my Tay.
    As babies they bonded, and we’d watch them play, 14 years later, best friends still today.
    I thought we had time. How could we have known, that you would be leaving, when God called you home.
    The pain in my heart hurts so bad since you left. Like someone ripped it right out of my chest.
    My beautiful friend on the inside and out, I’ll never forget how you’d burp so loud. I’d ask where are your manners? What’s wrong with you? If you don’t stop this burping the girls will learn too!
    You would just laugh, and then one day, just as I thought, you taught Tay and Lynnae.
    So many stories over the years, and now you are gone and I can’t stop the tears. A part of me died with you that day, and I know my heart will never be the same.
    I miss you so much my loyal best friend, and I wish so much I could see you again. I want you to know until my dying day, that I will always be here, for Lewis and Lynnae.
    Every year on your birthday I’ll make sure we’re together, to remember their beautiful mom in September.
    I know I’m supposed to let you go, but I just can’t do that, I’m sure you know. For a part of you will always be here with us, for you live on, in Lynnae and Lewis.
    I’ll never forget you and all that you’ve been, I LOVE YOU DENISE, my dear best friend.


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