Lara died very suddenly on Saturday, May 10, 2008. Lara grew up in Saskatoon. She had a very happy childhood and was involved in many activities, particularly music. She sang in the church and school choirs, played violin and played french horn. She enjoyed the opportunity to play in the high school band at Walter Murray Collegiate. After high school, she attended the College of Education, University of Saskatchewan and played in the University Wind Ensemble. She spent one year at Canadian Mennonite Bible College studying voice and theology. Shortly after graduation, she became ill with what was eventually diagnosed as schizophrenia. Although the illness robbed her of much of her energy and vitality, she took on the challenges of the illness with her usual determination and grit. She became an outstanding spokesperson and educator about the illness. Through the Partnership Program she spoke to different audiences in schools, hospitals, the university, police training courses and others. She maintained her sense of humour, her joy of living and especially loved being with her niece and nephew and her many friends. She is survived by her parents, Jake and Barbara Ens, one sister, Susan (James Funk), niece and nephew, Colin and Ella, loving aunts, uncles and many cousins.
She will be missed.