Laura Lang
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Laura Lang

March 4, 1943 - Sept 7, 2018

Oh how glad and happy when we meet... Whether or not she sang on key or clapped along with the rhythm, Laura lived a life worshiping her savior. At age 75 on September 7, 2018, Laura left this world to enjoy a land where joys will never end. Feeling no more sorrow and no more pain, she is free. Friends and family know Laura is once again singing, clapping, and dancing alongside her heavenly Father.

Laura (Gillette) Lang was born in Seattle, Washington on March 4, 1943 to her parents Clifford and Sylvia Gillette. She spent her childhood in Yakima, Washington and graduated high school in Cupertino, California. After high school, Laura went on to pursue a career in nursing at Highland School of Nursing in Oakland, California. While in school, Laura met her husband Clyde Lang at a Thanksgiving Dinner at their church. They married on July 13, 1962. In 1975, Clyde and Laura moved to Oregon with their children. Laura worked as a nurse until 1978 when Clyde and Laura purchased a plywood mill. Laura worked as the Program Manager of Medply until they sold the mill in 2003.

Laura was a Christ follower and joyfully served Him throughout her life. She loved children and held Good News Clubs in her home. Clyde and Laura supported Rogue Valley Youth for Christ and were active members in First Baptist Church of Ashland and Ashland Christian Fellowship. Laura spent a significant amount of time traveling to Mexico, Bolivia, Nepal, India, Bangladesh and several other countries preaching the Gospel. Laura knew she was loved and saved by grace. She believed Jesus came down from heaven to save humanity.

Ephesians 2:4-5

But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved…

Laura always had a heart to serve and help others. She taught people about God's love, his sacrifice and the opportunity everyone has to have a relationship with Him. Laura boldly taught people, and she bravely traveled to places others were too afraid to go. Many of the people she taught had never heard about Jesus. Neither had they ever seen a white person. Laura taught herself how to speak Spanish so that she could communicate with her friends in Mexico and Bolivia. She gifted toys to children who lived in remote villages, and set up clinics administering medication to those who were suffering. Clyde and Laura taught English and were instrumental in building several churches all over the world. Laura developed deep relationships with the pastors and families she ministered to and supported.

Laura deeply loved her husband, children and grandchildren. Laura and Clyde celebrated 56 years of marriage together. Though they had very little when they married, God was faithful. Laura would often tell Clyde he was a good man and she called him her hero as he cared and loved her through her final days. Laura loved to make her family and friends laugh. She was known to dance in parking lots, and she shied away from being anything close to "normal". Her grandchildren remember picking her up from the airport, finding her coming off the jet way wearing a pig nose or a clown wig. Laura found joy through God's creation and enjoyed traveling and scuba diving. She lived a very active life biking around Sunriver with Clyde, walking down her road gathering wild asparagus and hiking around the Rogue Valley. She expertly canned jam every summer and created magnificent quilts for her children and grandchildren to remember her by.

Laura is survived by her husband Clyde Lang, her brother Al (Myra) Gillette, her children Pam (Steve) Ahlgren, Wes Lang, Jason (Cheri) Lang, Becky, Terry (Karen) Lang, Alicia (Beau) Shelby, Kim (Jay Cardwell) Lang, Eric (Lisa) Barker, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her infant grandson Devon and her parents Clifford and Sylvia Gillette. There will be a memorial service held on September 15 at 2:00pm at Ashland Christian Fellowship. The Lang family is requesting donations to Rogue Valley Youth for Christ in lieu of flowers. Laura lived a joy-filled and beautiful life devoted to God. She will be remembered and deeply missed.

Funeral Home
Printed Obituary
Published in the Mail Tribune
on September 12, 2018
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