Lori Claudette Roehl
Unable are the loved to die. For love is immortality.
Our dear and beloved Lori, mother, wife, child, aunt, sister, and friend left this Earth on Sunday, September 15, 2013; she leaves us with aching hearts, but an eternal loving presence in our souls. She was 58 years young.
Lori was born in Corona, California to Sam and Joan Roehl. A well meaning relative once commented on how skinny Lori was as a baby. This comment was quickly followed by a tongue-lashing provided by Lori's mother Joan. No one was going to be anything but loving and caring with her beautiful and healthy baby girl. Lori inherited this "Mama Bear" characteristic and woe to the person who had anything but positive intentions for any of Lori's friends, family, let alone her beautiful daughter, Lindsay.
Lori was a colorful, loving, vibrant, and hardworking person. She earned her BA in Spanish from the University of California, Davis, and an RN and ARNP from the University of California, San Francisco (June 1977 to May 1982). Never complacent, Lori continued to develop her skills and knowledge as a Nurse Practitioner and became board certified: American Nurses Credentialing Center, and National Board, Perioperative Nursing.
As a young Nurse Practitioner in 1982, fresh out of graduate school, Lori arrived in Yakima to work at the Yakima Valley Farmworkers Clinic. Lori's fluency in Spanish, together with her tender heart and desire to serve the uniquely diverse Yakima community, lead her into a life's work that would be personally rewarding. Her love for learning and her passion for education led her to join the faculty at the University of Washington where she taught in the PA program. More recently she spent time working in the emergency room at Yakima Memorial Hospital and also worked alongside Doctor Todd Orvald at Orthopedics Northwest.
Family was paramount to Lori and she never turned down an invitation for a family dinner in Seattle--even when she had to be back in Yakima the next day for an early morning surgery. Lori inherited a love for the outdoors from her father and found her perfect match when she met Yakima outdoorsman Dave Delp. Together they camped in snow caves in the winter, hiked the Enchantments, and most recently entertained Argentinian friends with a hike to Bumpin Lake near Yakima. Lori's life was complete when she was blessed with a beautiful baby girl in 1989. Lindsay was the light of Lori's life, and Lori could be seen on the sidelines cheering her on throughout her soccer career, from the Yakima Blasters to the Scripps College Athenas. She was a cheerleader not only for Lindsay, but also was a positive force in the lives of countless others.
Lori leaves her husband Dave, daughter Lindsay, parents Sam and Joan Roehl, sisters Lynn Clark (Herb), Lisa Pascualy (Rafael), Juli Lindquist (Tom), nieces and nephews, Jillian, Spencer, and Stephanie Clark, Alex, Gabriel, and Julia Pascualy, and Sam, Jeff, and Sara Lindquist, and many dear friends.
A service celebrating the life of Lori will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 22nd at the First Presbyterian Church of Yakima. In lieu of flowers, Lori's family requests that donations be made in her honor to the Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation for Children's Village.