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Laraine (Lori) Elizabeth Denham October 3, 1941 - August 18, 2020

Laraine (Lori) Elizabeth Denham

Laraine (Lori) Elizabeth Denham completed her life on this earth and went home to her Lord Jesus on August 18, 2020 at age 78 after a long battle with cancer.  Her close relationships with her family and her firm belief in Jesus gave her deep peace and strength.

Lori was born to Edgar and Helen Clark on October 3, 1941 in Portland, Oregon.  She was the third born of four children, living with her family in Seaside, Oregon, and later on a working dairy and oat farm in Ilwaco, Washington.  She had an older sister, Marilyn, an older brother, Stuart, and a younger brother, Johnny.

As a child she was very adventurous, often trekking through the woods nearby or exploring away from home.  She loved observing animals in the woods, bird watching, catching frogs, and picking wildflowers. Lori also loved to rollerskate, sing and dance, learning ballet, tap, and hula.

After high school, she became a stewardess with United Airlines and travelled all around the world having many great experiences before eventually settling in San Francisco.  It is there that she was briefly married and had a son, John-Paul, who she nicknamed “JP”.  She worked hard raising her son as a single mother and was dedicated to providing.  Lori eventually earned her real estate license and enjoyed many years as a successful agent selling residential homes.  She later took a lot of joy in being a grandmother and had close connections with each of her grandchildren, spending a lot of time with them and taking a close interest in everything they did.

In her later years, Lori travelled on several safari trips to Africa, and often spoke of these experiences as some of her most treasured memories.  Lori settled in Meridian, Idaho in 2019, along with JP and his family.  In August 2020, after a long battle with cancer, she was freed from her body and finally met her Savior face to face.  She wished for her ashes to be scattered in San Francisco and in Kenya.  Lori is survived by her brother, Stuart, her son and daughter-in-law, JP and Heidi, and her grandchildren, Jake, Lucy, Ruby, and Zoe.

Lori gave her life to Jesus when she was 45 years old, and He became her first love from that day forward.  She led her son JP to the Lord at a young age, and lived a beautiful example of love and generosity with her time and treasure.  She shared the message of Jesus with people all over the world during her travels, and leaves a legacy of knowing and loving God through the beautiful life she lived and in how she truly cared for others.

Thank you for your prayers, love, and support for her and our family.  Praise God for His faithfulness and love.

‘For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. ‘

2 Corinthians 5:1-8

‘I love you, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies. ‘

Psalm 18:1-3

‘The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.’

Psalm 23:1-6

Arrangements are under the direction of Bowman Funeral Parlor of Garden City.


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    Albert & Kimberly Guajardo says

    We are sorry for your loss JP, Heidi, Jake, Lucy, Ruby, and Zoe. We pray that Jesus gives you His perfect peace now and always. We love you!

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    Marlyss haganey says

    May the Lord give you his peace at this time. Lori was a blessing.

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    Matt and Missy Kamps says

    Such a beautiful life and testimony of God’s faithfulness.

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    Heather Solomon says

    The Solomon family is so grateful for the legacy of Lori. We love you all! May the Lord bless you and keep you, make his face shine upon you and give you peace.

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    Michelle says

    Lori remains a treasure in my heart. Her sweet warmth and light giggle linger even now as I think of her. I’m so grateful to have known her and felt loved by her. The Petersons are praying comfort for all of you.

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    Hunter and Molly Hadaway says

    We are so blessed to have gotten to know Lori even if it was only towards the later part of her life. Christ was so evident in her through her sweet smile, joyous presence and in how she cared for her family. We’re so sorry for your loss Denham’s. We are so thankful though that she is in her heavenly home with the Lord. We will continue to pray for you all, knowing that she will be deeply missed. We love you guys.

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    Darlene (Corky) Biggs says

    Lori was a high school classmate of mine and a wonderful friend for over 60 years. She was always smiling and full of life. My classmates and I will always have wonderful memories and she will never be forgotten by us. Our heartfelt sympathy to JP and family.

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    Carole Romaner Danas says

    Multiple on line conversations with Lori has brought me closer to God and of course, a deeper spirituality. She will be forever in my heart and, as I said to Lori, “I believe we will see each other again”

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      Judy Elm says

      My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family as you face the loss of your Mother. You were a great comfort to her during her illness and loved being close to you. We all have many memories of her and we will treasure those memories..
      Blessing to you and your family.

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    Kurt, Stephanie, Finn, Tillie, Ellie says

    The last time I had the pleasure of talking with Lori was when I helped her move her things into the moving van for her move to Idaho. Two things stood out to me about her that day. The first thing was how absolutely excited she was to finally moving to Meridian to be close to her beloved son, daughter in law and grandkids! The second thing was how at peace she was about her disease and her future. Her love for the Lord was evident in her soft words and sweet smile! My wife and kids got to know her a little as well when she helped out at our school in the nursery. We have been blessed by her kindness ! JP and family, we are so glad you got to spend that precious time with her. You will never regret it! We Love you!

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    Anna Vineyard says

    I had the privilege to come to know Lori in her final months in mortality. What a joy to know such a beautiful lady who loved God and her her family. Lori displayed grace and peace in all of her interactions with me and I will be forever grateful for her example in my life. JP and Heidi, thank you for allowing me to care for your mother and to come to know and love you all. My condolences to you until you meet your sweet mother again. All my love, Anna

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    Ceci Mangefeste says

    I will never forget the genuine, beautiful smile of Lori Denham. I came to know her twenty years ago, very vibrant and a devoted mother to JP. We all felt called by God’s work to move to San Diego in 2001-2004. There I got to know Lori as one of my “moms” who looked out for me and gave me encouragement. At one point, I was so poor and vulnerable, being without family in SD I didn’t know who to turn to. God showed me how good it is to let your need be known, to be vulnerable, real and weak with others (it’s so hard!). Lori took it upon herself to clean out her closet and offer me some really very fine clothing. What a gift!! She had no idea HOW MUCH that encouraged me and kept me pressing on. She was a living example of community and giving in Christ for me. Her generous giving was a definite fruit of her walking with Jesus.
    I truly will miss this woman of faith as a strong supporter of her son, who honors her so well. I praise God with such deep gratitude for saving Lori and therefore JP into his kingdom. What a legacy they have in Christ!
    I suggest playing In Christ Alone – Keith and Krystin Getty & Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me – City Alight
    I love you, each one of you Denhams, in Jesus Christ like my own family, always. I mourn with you and rejoice with you. You’re stuck with me for eternity! And we will see Lori soon in the epic glory and presence of God.

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    Stuart Sargent says

    I shared many laughs and smiles throughout my life with Lori. Lori was a beautiful person and was always so kind, caring and thoughtful. She will always have a special place in my heart.

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    Bob Anderson says

    I thought the world of Lori when I got the pleasure of knowing her during her amazing career as a new home sales specialist. She was a true professional that gave to her profession and team members. She will be greatly missed by all who knew. Her.

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