Larisa Michelle Bailey, 25, of Klamath Falls, who was born Larisa Lanae Demorest, died suddenly in a car accident on Highway 140 near Medford, Ore., on Jan. 11, 2013.
She was born on Sept. 15, 1987, in Klamath Falls to Nancy Baldwin and Christopher Demorest. Larisa was adopted at the age of 4 by Dan and Shelley Bailey and raised in Medford, where she attended a private school and participated in volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, and with her horse in 4-H.
Larisa reconnected with her birth family in December 2007 and shortly after moved to Klamath Falls to get to know her many family members who lived there.
She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, journaling, snowboarding, camping, swimming, the Oregon Ducks, and her tattoos. She had a real zest for life and didn't let anything bring her down.
Larisa recently returned to school and earned her GED at Klamath Community College in May 2011 and was making plans to start college.
She was preceded in death by her adopted mother Shelley Bailey and grandmother Laura Baldwin Smith.
Survivors include her mother Nancy Burk (Daniel Burk) of Klamath Falls; father Christopher Demorest of Corcoran, Calif.; adopted father Daniel Bailey of Medford; daughters Shyla and Bailey of Medford; brother Devon Bailey of Portland Ore.; grandparents Roy (Dorothy) Baldwin and Renee Nichols, both of Klamath Falls; aunt Stacie Baldwin-Driscoll (James) of Everett, Wash.; and many extended family members.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, in New Horizon Christian Fellowship at 1909 Homedale Road.
Memorial contributions can be made at Chase Bank or Rogue Federal Credit Union.