Mary Helen Lara passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday, February 19, 2018.
Mary was born in Monticello, New York on April 4, 1939 to the late William and Mary (Trinaca) Winfield. She was married to the love of her life, Donald M. Lara, Sr., who predeceased her on June 9, 2011. December 15, 2018 would have been their 60th wedding anniversary.
Mary was a strong, spiritual and loving woman with a true passion for art, history, reading and cooking. Mary had an exquisite eye for detail and her artwork will truly be her legacy to her family. Mary was born with a green thumb and her flower and vegetable gardens were legendary. Mary loved to share her life's adventures and family stories with anyone who would listen. A beloved Nana to many, she always opened up her heart and home to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mary is survived by her four children, Michael Lara and his wife Jennifer, Donna Walter and her partner Lonnie Nilsen, Richard Lara and his wife Kathleen and Donald Lara, Jr. and his wife Samantha. Nana also leaves 8 grandchildren: Amanda, Shannon, Daniel, Christopher, Matthew, Desirea, Gavin and Sophie and 5 great-grandchildren: Lillian, Angelina, Brenden, Natalie, Jayce and Isaiah. Mary is also survived by her sisters, Dorothy Ingram and Joan (John) Uciechowski together with a host of nieces and nephews and extended family.
The family would like to thank the staff of Park Manor for their excellent loving care of Mary over the past year. Donations in Mary's name may be made to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A graveside service will be held at 12:00pm on Friday, March 2nd at St. Peter's Cemetery, Monticello, NY.
Arrangements under the care of Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, for further information call 845-434-7363 or visit www.colonialbryantfuneralhome.com