On Friday, March 30, 2018, Lara Hensley Garno (age 49), wife, mother, sister, daughter, and friend, passed away at the Lincoln County Medical Center, Ruidoso, New Mexico. Lara was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer 13 months ago and while some would view this as a struggle, Lara saw it as an opportunity to spread the love of Jesus to everyone she would come into contact with as a result of disease. Lara is held in deep and abiding love by her husband and best friend Paul, and her precious daughter, Zoey Sunshine Hensley. 

Born in Colby, KS (1968), Lara is a graduate of Hays High School, Fort Hays State University (BA), and the University of Alaska- Fairbanks (MS).  Lara served as a professor, counselor, educator, and author, as she worked tirelessly for the community members of Hays, KS, and throughout Alaska counties, with active church membership at First Baptist- Delta Junction, AK, and Mountain View Assembly of God, Alamogordo, NM.

Lara will forever be held in the loving embrace of her siblings, dearest friends, and other cherished relatives:

Britta Maddox- Tulsa, OK; Corey Feltis- Port Huemene, CA; John Maddox-Alaska; Missy Hensley- Great Bend, KS; Monty Feltis- Aurora, CO; Nicky Hensley- Pleasant Hill, CA; (special friend) Gerri Weber- Ellis, KS; (lifelong best friend) Dana Markley- Wichita, KS; Evangelist Glenn and Jeanie Music (father, mother in-law); Michelle Cook (sister in-law); Courtney (with Derek and Liam Hertlein) and Makayla Meier (daughters in-law); Paul (with Jamie and Payton Garno) (son in-law).

Lara is the beloved granddaughter of longtime Hays residences Joe and Ruby Kirkpatrick, and the daughter of Patricia L. Maddox (maiden name Kirkpatrick) and Gerald “Jerry” O. Hensley (all decd). 

A Celebration Memorial of Lara’s life will be held at 2:00pm, on April 15, 2018, at Mountain View Assembly of God, 1900 23rd St, Alamogordo, NM 88310, with Senior Pastor Anthony Torres presiding.

A ceremony will be held as we lay her to rest in the family plot in Hays, KS, TBA at a later date.

Memorial donations in memory of Lara may be made to (https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-lara-hensley-garno).

Lara’s husband Paul may be contacted at paulandlaragarno@gmail.com