Laura Louise Solis, passed away January 11, 2013 peacefully at home in Granite Bay, California surrounded by her family after fighting courageously and gracefully with Neuroendrocrine Cancer. Born April 5th, 1964 in Santa Rosa, California, she is survived by her loving husband, Steve Solis, loving daughters, Robyn and Sarah Torkelson, loving mother and step-father, Wendy and Dean James, step-sister, Jaclyn Solis, step-mother, Carolyn Cahill, step-brother and step-sister, Col. Douglas James and Allison Gaskin, Wilmslow, England. Laura was preceded in death by her father, Charles Cahill. Laura was a graduate of Ursuline High School (Santa Rosa) and Sacramento State 1986 having received her Master's Degree in Special Reading 1988. She spent 22 years teaching in the Carmichael School District. Laura was actively involved in community activities including Bayside Bible Study, Mothers in Touch and Roseville Pregnancy Center. A Memorial Service for Laura will be held on Saturday January 19th at 1:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Marello Catholic Church, 7200 Auburn Folsom Rd Granite Bay, California.Her family would like to thank Laura's Caregiver and Friend, Dee Kee, all the beautiful friends that sent love and food to the home during Laura's struggle and Snowline Hospice for their loving care. Please feel free to share in Laura's Life Story at Caring Bridge web site and www.lambertfuneral.com.
Laura Louise Cahill Solis was born April 5, 1964 in Santa Rosa where she lived all of her young years until leaving for college. She loved being involved in multiple activities and made many friends along the way through her involvement. Her first love was dancing beginning with tap and ballet. She continued with ballroom dancing with Burkart's Dance Studio where she went on to teach and eventually create a ballroom dance class at UC Davis. Laura also loved ice skating at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena and skated in the annual Christmas Ice Shows. While at Ursuline High School, Laura joined the Catholic Media Ministry, a group that created teen messages for the radio. She decided she wanted to teach and received her Master's degree at Sacramento State University in special reading. Laura developed her own system of helping students to reach their potential in reading skills and eventually gave seminars to teachers in several other states. When Laura was struck with neuro-endochrine carcinoma in 2009, her teaching career came to a sudden end. As soon as she was able, Laura jumped into more involvement with a weekly bible study, also mothers in touch group for high school students, and of course her beloved St. Joseph Marello church. Laura was blessed to have two beautiful girls, Robyn (20) and Sarah (17) who continue to make her proud with their accomplishments. Before her illness, Laura enjoyed extensive travel with her mom, her family outings and most of all with the love of her life, her husband Steven Solis. Laura's strong and lingering faith has taken her to the Lord where she will be a leader once more in preparing for our joyous reunion. We all love her so much and will miss the everlasting joy and happiness she created in each of us. Farewell our beautiful girl.