Lila Vezzoso

Obituary of Lila Vezzoso

Lila E. Welch Vezzoso, 78, passed away Friday February 18, 2022 in Nampa, Idaho.

She was born May 26, 1943 in Portland, Oregon to Glen Welch and Laura Gardiner

Welch. Lila grew up in the Pacific Northwest living in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

While working as a waitress at Vern’s Truck Stop in Garden City, Idaho Lila met her

future husband John Vezzoso, who also worked there as a cook. John and Lila were

married in 1965. Their first-born was a daughter Melody with son John Jay to follow in


John and Lila lived in Coos bay and Portland, Oregon while John was in the Navy

Seabees. They moved to Vancouver, Washington when he was discharged and lived

there from 1971-1979. John worked for Frito lay and Lila was a cocktail

waitress and bartender at the Red Lion Thoroughbred and The Crossing restaurants. In

1979, they moved their family back to Caldwell, Idaho to work and be near family. Lila

worked for Cargo West in Nampa, Idaho for a short time before taking a job with

Woolworth’s in the Karcher Mall. She became the personnel manager and worked there

until they closed that store. She worked at Plexus in Nampa as well before she retired.

Lila and John enjoyed doing things together. They fished, traveled, enjoyed feeding

and watching the hummingbirds, loved playing Aggravation with family and Lila

especially loved a quick trip to Jackpot to play the slots and enjoy the buffet. She loved

to play Bunco with her friends and she made some pretty special ones over the years.

Lila’s health began to decline in recent years and John took wonderful care of her until

his passing in 2020. Lila’s son, John Jay passed as well in 2021. Her daughter Melody

and her loving caregivers at Family Life Memory Care cared for her until her passing.

Our hearts rejoice that she is reunited with her husband and son, although she will be

greatly missed.

Lila was preceded in death by son John Jay Vezzoso, husband John Joseph Vezzoso,

brother Derry Welch, father Glen Welch and mother Laura Stevens.

Lila is survived by daughter Melody (Aaron) Hawley, brother Tom (Alicia) Welch, brother

Nick Welch and brother Philip (Michele) Welch. Grandchildren Brandon (Lexey)

Vezzoso, Travis (Gacia) Rhodes and Jordyn (Niko) Casey, and 5 great grandchildren. As

well as several In laws, cousins, nephews and nieces.

A Celebration of life will be held Friday, May 20, 2022 2:00pm at Flahiff Funeral Chapel

in Caldwell, Idaho.

Flowers are welcome. Donations in Lila’s name may be sent to Family Life Memory

Care 422 11th Ave. S. Nampa, Idaho 83651.

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Celebration of Life

2:00 pm
Friday, May 20, 2022
Flahiff Funeral Chapel
624 Cleveland Blvd
Caldwell, Idaho, United States
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