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Laura S Ogata
06/20/1949 — 01/13/2023
From Kennewick, WA
Celebration of Life
Laura S Ogata
Laura Jean Strand Ogata was born in Sidney, MT, on June 20, 1949, to Archie and Bernie Strand. Laura grew up on a farm with five siblings and attended a one-room country school. After graduating from high school, Laura earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education (English/Speech/Drama) from Eastern Montana College (now MSU Billings) in 1971, and became a high school English teacher.
On June 5, 1976, Laura married a petroleum engineer, Robert (Bob) Ogata, and lived in Powell, WY, for seven years. They then moved to Cody, WY, for eight years. In 1991, they changed careers to open and operate their own Signs Now franchise for twenty-two years in Kennewick, WA. They retired in 2013.
Highlights of Laura’s life were being married to Bob for over forty years, giving birth to and raising three children, traveling around the United States, camping near Yellowstone National Park, building her and Bob’s business and commercial building, riding a hot air balloon, and going on an Alaskan cruise. Interests were reading, writing, participating in Stephen Ministry and other church activities, attending family reunions, and living her Christian faith. Her favorite activity was spending time with family and friends.
Laura died at home in Kennewick, WA, surrounded by family at age 73 on January 13, 2023, from cancer. She was a loving wife, doting mother and grandmother, and steadfast friend and sister who will be dearly missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Laura’s parents died in 1992; and her beloved husband passed away in 2017 from cancer. Laura’s oldest brother, Terry, died in 2022. Laura is survived by her three children: Kari (Neal) Barnhart and Neal’s son (Justin) in Richland, WA; Brianne (Kostas) Petritis and their children (Eva, Nikolaos) in Atlanta, GA; and Matthew Ogata in Kennewick, WA. Also surviving Laura are numerous nieces, nephews, two aunts, one uncle, dozens of cousins, and her four siblings: Linda (Lee) Howard in Hysham, MT; David (Judy) Strand in Great Falls, MT; Adele Nemitz in Cody, WY; Douglas Strand in Billings, MT.
The family would like to thank all the doctors and nurses who treated and cared for Laura following her cancer diagnosis in 2021. In particular, the following individuals made a significant impact in Laura’s life through their comforting expertise: Dr. Juan Mejia at Providence Sacred Heart Memorial Center (Spokane, WA), Michelle Froh at Kadlec Tri-Cities Cancer Center (Kennewick, WA), Dr. Brandon Smaglo at MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX), Dr. Mehmet Akce at Emory Winship Cancer Institute (Atlanta, GA), and Kathy at Chaplaincy Hospice Care (Richland, WA).
A memorial service for Laura Ogata will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at 3:00 PM at Einan’s at Sunset with Chaplain Timothy J. Ledbetter officiating.
I am so sorry to learn of Laura’s passing. I knew that she had been very ill for some time. Laura and I had been friends in grade school, high school and college. We had many fun times together. We corresponded by phone and texts several times a year, mostly birthdays and Christmas. I admired her courage, strength and dignity when facing such a serious illness. She was a woman of strong faith so she knew everything would work out alright in the end She is at peace now. God Bless her and her family. Take care.
My heart is saddened of the passing of Laura. She was a sweet soul. She was my first “ girlfriend “ when growing up in grade school.
RIP Laura. Such a good soul! Deepest condolences to the Strand cousins.
My sympathies to Laura’s family. May God provide comfort and strength.
We are so thankful for your friendship all these years🥰. Laura has been a treasure to us and will be missed beyond words. Sending our love to you all, Bonnie & Dick
so sorry to hear this rip cousin.
Certainly will miss you, Auntie.
I have not seen Laura since high school. She was a beautiful soul then and carried that kind spirit throughout her life. God bless her family as they grieve this tremendous loss.