Lara Ann Eide
October 12, 1967 – April 8, 2018
Lara Ann Shell Eide, age 50, passed away and moved on to Heaven at the DCH Regional Medical Center ICU in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, on April 8th, 2018, at 2:18am. She will be greeted with many close loved ones, including her mother. Lara was born on October 12th, 1967, to a wonderful couple, William Shell and Eleanor Shell. She was loved by, and cared for, everyone involved in her life. She helped to take care of her family, including her son, William Eide, and her late mother, later on in her life. Her favorite verses in the bible was the 23rd Psalm, which focused on just how caring and loving our Lord is, and forever shall be.
She was a talented artist, musician, and writer. She attended Shelton State Community College on a music scholarship. She was a fan of gospel music, just like her mother, as they shared that interest together, learning how to play the piano with her. Despite being a little bit rebellious in her early years, she was always willing and ready to help out her family and others at a moments notice. After going to Shelton State, she moved around for a little while before ending up in Wisconsin, to meet her beloved husband, Ralph William Eide II. And, after being together for some time, they had their first and only child, Ralph William Eide III.
Her greatest accomplishment was co-founding Operation Teddy Bear with her son, William, to provide toys and stuffed animals to disadvantaged children who were affected by the April 27th, 2011 tornado that struck Tuscaloosa. After 5+ years, they had collected and given out over 10,000 stuffed animals.
Lara is survived by her 17 year old son, William Eide, her father, William Murphy Shell, and her brother, David Brian Shell, alongside numerous cousins and close family members and friends. She is the daughter of Eleanor McInvale Shell, who passed on in September of 2016, and William Murphy Shell, age 79.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the DCH Regional Medical Center ICU, Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation, Melissa from Station 3 at Glen Haven, Brookwood Medical Center in Birmingham, Dr. Richard Shamblin, and numerous special friends for all of your loving care, support, and help that you all provided Lara during the last few years of her life.
- William Eide, Son
- William Murphy Shell, Father
- David Brian Shell, Brother
- Lara Ann is also survived by a number of cousins and close family members, and friends.
- Gathering of Family and Friends Wednesday, April 11, 2018
- Graveside Service Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Lara Ann Eide
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Jo Ann Adams
April 9, 2018
Lara will be missed. You have the assurance that she is in Heaven with her mother and her other loved ones who have gone before her. I had the good fortune of being around her only few times, but she was a kind, gracious lady. You are in my prayers. May God bless each one of you.