Lana Thiessen Yoder Dale

May 27, 1961December 28, 2020

“Love and laugh. Make your world the happier for your being in it. Love and rejoice on the grey days.” So reads a reflection in the book God Calling that sat on Lana Yoder Dale’s nightstand. It was on one of the many pages on which she folded a corner. Those who knew Lana would not be surprised. Surrounded by family at home and held deeply in the hearts of hundreds of friends, Lana Yoder Dale passed away at 11 p.m. Dec. 28, 2020 after a nearly 4-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 59. Born in 1961, Lana spent her career in hospital administration – the bulk of that at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She started as medical transcriptionist and rose to lead numerous programs, always fighting for the well-being of women and children. Her true gift was making connections between those in need and those with means. One day she would connect someone looking for work with someone she knew needed help. The next she would introduce two people who would become lifelong friends. She would listen for hours to a dear friend or a new acquaintance, passing along words of empowerment. As important those connections were to Lana, they do not rise to the level of devotion she had to her daughters, Ashley and Mackenzie, and to her granddaughter Harper. She loved, encouraged, scolded and comforted the girls, each year praying to be present for the next milestone. The arrival of Harper in 2015 brought immense joy to Lana and sustained her through her illness.

Lana had always been a fierce advocate for patients navigating the health care system. Once she became a patient, she somehow found even more drive for patient rights – for herself and others. She spent hours on the phone talking to a friend or stranger who had been diagnosed with cancer. She found joy in giving comfort to others, even through the roughest days of her own treatment.

Born in Hutchinson and raised in Yoder, KS, Lana graduated from Haven High School and Hesston College before moving to Colorado in 1981. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Colorado Christian University in 1997 while raising her two young daughters. Lana loved playing softball, riding bikes, and being outdoors.

She is survived by her husband, Kevin Dale, daughters Ashley Thiessen and Mackenzie Oberle, granddaughter Harper Oberle; son-in-law Joseph Oberle, all of Castle Rock, Colorado; twin sister Luanne Southern of Austin, Texas; nephew Zachary Southern of San Francisco, California; sister and brother-in-law LaDeana and Steve Hindle, niece Rachel Hindle and mother Annie Yoder, of Yoder; nephew Isaac Hindle, wife Maria, and son Hudson, of Kansas City, KS; and a long list of friends and family from all over the country.

Memorials should be directed to Brent’s Place at, an organization that provides long-term safe clean accommodations and training to patients and their families undergoing treatment at Children’s Hospital Colorado, or to Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance at, a group dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research and to advocating for patients. Lana volunteered with both groups.


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Sally McCollough

January 12, 2021

Jackie Brown-Griggs

January 9, 2021

This shot was taken at Diana Ross’ concert at Red Rocks. You’d never know it, but Lana was tired. Very tired. She didn’t feel well. But, when Diana came out, Lana danced from her seat with a smile on her face while everyone around her was dancing. It goes without saying that she will be missed by many. 💔

Pat Winter

January 9, 2021

Lana was such a great consoler. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, another colleague told me to call Lana. I did and she talked me "off the ledge" with her caring and straightforward questions and suggestions. She was so inspirational. Her posts on FB were ones I loved seeing. It's so hard to believe she's gone. To her family, please accept my condolences. We all hold her dear in our hearts.

Wendy DeYoung

January 7, 2021

Dear Dale and Family,
First of all, thank you for loving and taking care of Lana for much of her adult life. I knew Lana very well during the 1980s. We met at the Jeffco YMCA and we’re good friends from day one. We taught fitness classes together, played softball, ran many, many races including a half marathon, and enjoyed each other’s company for years and years before my profession called my to Fort Collins. It was then that our get togethers became less frequent due to distance and two young women leading busy adult lives.
My memories of Lana include true and pure friendship, kindness, laughing, lots of pizza, kind words, honest and deep conversations, trust, and tons of fun! She was full of life and looked forward to making someone’s day better with her presence. What a unique individual, a true blessing in my life. Lana will be missed by many many in the world, but none as much as her family. My heart aches for each of you. My prayer is that your memories of her bring you peace and comfort.
May God protect you and take care of you during this time. My love to each of you, xoxoxo, Wendy DeYoung

Jeanne Crane

January 7, 2021

I knew Lana forever at Children's. What a bright spark in anyone's day she was!
My deepest condolences to all her family and I'm so glad that you all had her as long as you did.
May all your wonderful memories. sustain you .

Tracie Clark

January 7, 2021

Luanne Southern

January 7, 2021

Lindy Lewis

January 7, 2021

Lana showed us in her words and deeds the positive impact that authentic friendship and fellowship can exact on others. My deepest condolences to Team Lana. Cancer sucks!

Zach Southern

January 7, 2021

From The Family

January 7, 2021