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November 17, 1951 ˜ October 30, 2018

Our beloved Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Friend, Larri-Lea Gilchrist Kissell Day, of Vancouver, WA, peacefully and unexpectedly passed away on October 30, 2018 of an undetected heart condition. She was 66.
Larri-Lea was born in Gold Beach, Oregon on November 17, 1951 to Lois Moon.
She joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a teenager and met her eternal sweetheart, Randal DeWayne Day, shortly after high school graduation. They were married in the Oakland, CA LDS Temple on December 13,1969. Larri-Lea found her greatest joy in caring for her 5 children and especially her 8 grandchildren; they were the light of her life. She lovingly supported her “hon”, Randy, as he took faculty positions at SDSU, WSU and BYU during their 47 years of marriage. Although she loved travelling the world, she was always eager to get back home to her family and friends.
Larri-Lea’s remarkable life was one of tireless, faithful service and unconditional, Christlike love for others. As a member of the LDS church, Larri-Lea held many callings and was often placed in positions of leadership. She served as a Young Women president, Relief Society president, full-time missionary in the Romania/Moldova Mission and most recently as Stake Relief Society president. She also held a position at the Pullman LDS Institute of Religion where she worked as a secretary in the 1990s. In each of these positions, she ministered with a compassionate ability to connect with each person she served in a deeply personal way. Wherever she lived, Larri-Lea engaged in her community with full purpose, making immediate, lifelong friends and serving anyone in need. She touched countless lives with her unmatched kindness and infectious laugh. Larri-Lea was charity personified. Nobody doesn’t like Larri-Lea.
Larri-Lea blessed lives through her many talents. She was an avid reader, gifted seamstress, crafter, Master Gardener, genealogist, and peacemaker. Larri-Lea fulfilled a lifelong dream of earning a college education when she graduated in 2015 from BYU with a bachelor’s in horticulture. She was an excellent wordsmith and with her large vocabulary she could often guess the Wheel of Fortune clue with one letter. She couldn’t talk without using her hands; her made up sign-language is legendary and will be passed on for generations to come.
Larri-Lea was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Randal Day; her mother, Lois (Moon) Chard; her chosen father, Charles Kissell; and her brothers, Jimmy, Charles and Wallace Kissell.
She leaves behind her children, Sean (Jean Lee) Day of Seattle, Jennifer (Andrew) Walker of Logan, UT, Alyson Day of Vancouver, WA, Carrie Day of Brooklyn, NY, Jacob (Karina) Day of Tempe, AZ; sister, Ellen Kissell of Spanish Fork, UT; brother, Hal Kissell of Provo, UT; and 8 of the most loved grandchildren in the world. She also leaves behind a father-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who wonder how to carry on without this bright, shining light in their lives.
A viewing will be held at the Felida Ward meetinghouse, Fri., Nov. 9, 2018 at 14400 Northwest 26th Avenue, Vancouver, WA at 9AM. Funeral services will begin at 11 AM, with interment at Park Hill Cemetery, 5915 E Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver, WA at 2PM.
Flowers can be sent to Evergreen Memorial Gardens funeral home in Vancouver, WA. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to the Master Gardener program through WSU Vancouver/Clark County Extension.
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Published in The Columbian on Nov. 6, 2018.
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November 8, 2018
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your entire family. Please know that the God of all comfort has loving concern for you at this time, at Psalm chapter 34 verse 18. I know you will miss your precious loved one every day, may God give you strength, peace and loving memories. Ann Smith
November 8, 2018
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November 8, 2018
May the God of all comfort strengthen the family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. My sincerest condolences. (Psalms 116:15)
November 7, 2018
Larri-Lea, we will miss your humor, sweet spirit and friendship but we know we will meet you and Randy again.
Jeff & Vivian Dong
November 6, 2018
Until we meet forever friend!
Lynn Schwendiman
November 6, 2018
Larri-Lea was a dear friend who I loved. We worked together in RS and she was a joy to be around. She made me laugh and was always happy. She and Randy couldn't be apart and I can only imagine the happy reunion they had on the other side. Love to all kids and grandkids that lives will never be the same without her.
Jana Dahl
November 6, 2018
Larri-Lea became a dear friend in Romania. We've loved her from Phoenix ever since we got home and have followed her on face book for the last two years. So sorry we didn't get together again like we planned.
Julie Brown
November 6, 2018
I first met Larri-Lea when she was about 12. We were out of touch for several years but reunited at a family reunion. She was an amazing, loving person, full of kindness and caring for all people, whether family, friends or strangers. She will be greatly missed.
Nancy Kissell
November 6, 2018
It was a pleasure to know you and to work on family genealogy with you. We enjoyed the time together While we were at your place. So glad we had the opportunity to see you for a couple of days recently. We will see you on the other side when our time is fulfilled here.
Kolin Kissell
November 6, 2018
Larry-Lea and Randy have been among our dearest friends for many years. We were so blessed for knowing them and miss them profoundly. Larry-Lea, or Saint Lea as she was known, lived a selfless life of devoted service. She was an example to us all. The world has lost one of its bright lights but she is now shining on the other side of the veil.
We will miss the funeral because we are serving a mission in New York City but we will be there in spirit.
Connie and Dave Spencer
Dave and Connie Spencer
November 6, 2018
I'm saddened to hear of Larri-Lea's death. What a beautiful soul she is! I was at WSU while she worked at the Institute. She introduced me to my husband, Steve. We had just recently reconnected. My love and prayers go out to her children and grandchildren. I'm so very grateful for the Plan of Salvation and for the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We will meet again, Larri-Lea! I love you! Terrie
Terrie Teare
November 6, 2018
A remarkable woman! I knew Larri-Lea just 18 months but she became my dear friend as we walked and talked at the gym and on the Salmon Creek Trail. We shared out highs and lows and appreciated having a "safe place" to be with each other. I will so miss her laughter and ability to move forward, serving others daily in spite of her recent great loss. What a wonderful example of goodness she was and I know still is. Love you dear friend...................
November 6, 2018
Another Angel has gotten her wings! Fly, fly away to a sacred reunion with your eternal companion! Because of your life...mine is better! Thank You!!
Winfield Broadhurst
November 6, 2018
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