Posted: September 14th, 2023

AMARA MARIE WELFORD (HELLMAN) July 7, 1999 ~ September 12, 2023

Amara Marie had a lasting impression on everyone she met. Amara had the amazing ability to make others feel better about themselves and this will be her forever legacy.

With warm embraces from her husband Eric, parents Denise and Chuck and brother Mark, Amara Marie was delivered to her Lord God at 3:42 pm on Tuesday, September 12. Our spunky ginger girl ended her courageous battle with cancer and will be joining her brother Taran and Poppa Gerry in heaven where we know she will be looking down on us always.

Amara’s parents and brother were thrilled to welcome her into their lives on July 7th, 1999. Her vibrant personality was evident from the start. It might come as no surprise that Amara spoke at an early age and made sure she made good use of that sweet voice.

Amara was a fine arts child who loved to perform. She was in her element when she was on stage, whether it be singing, dancing, acting or musical theatre. She received many accolades through yearly Rotary Theatre performances for speech and voice, Royal Academy of Dance in ballet, and the Medicine Hat College Girl’s Choir.

Amara met her high school sweetheart Eric Welford while attending Monsignor McCoy High School. They were joined in holy matrimony in beautiful Cypress Hills, Saskatchewan on October 9, 2021. They resided in Lethbridge, Alberta while attending post secondary schooling. Amara recently graduated with a Bachelor of Education with distinction and a Bachelor of Arts (Drama) with distinction from the University of Lethbridge.

Amara had numerous lifelong friends. Words alone cannot express the comfort and joy each and every one of them provided her. Amara had a very special bond with her leggy labradoodle Lola, who went everywhere Amara went and continued to be her faithful companion right until her passing.

Please join the family for Vigil Prayers (Celebration of Life) at Holy Family Parish, 1451 Strachan Road S.E., Medicine Hat on Friday, September 15, 2023, at 7:00 pm. We welcome your warm stories of Amara during this celebration. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Family Parish on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 11 am with Father Iqbal Khurshid celebrant. (Condolences may be expressed by visiting our website at Honoured to serve the family is

Cook Southland Funeral
Chapel Crematorium &
Reception Facility
901 – 13th Street S.W.
Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 4V4
Phone 403-527-6455
“Locally owned & directed”


  1. Carolyn Davey says:

    Amara was scheduled to be my PS III student last year and this one. We met a couple of times and connected through text over the past year. Though I didn’t get a chance to get to know her really well, I felt like I have always known her. She was an incredible person. Her immense positivity, energy and ability to connect with others was beyond words. She positively influenced my life and I will think of her often (especially when I see a moose). Sending my heartfelt prayers and thoughts to her husband, family and all the people she touched. Heaven gained an angel. Rest in peace sweet Amara.

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