Lauren Mann died on Jan. 24, 2016, in Vienna, Austria, where she was living her dream studying and sharing her loves of music, the arts, culture, philosophy, literature, languages and writing.
Her parents, Bill Mann of Paonia and Shelley Hyde, sister and brother-in-law, Ashleigh and Devin Doutis, and nephew Nick, of Grand Junction, are deeply saddened by her tragic death. Her uncles, aunts, cousins and many friends share in their sadness.
Although heartbroken, they are also comforted in knowing that she lived her 25 years of life to its fullest, and that she touched and inspired so many lives.
Lauren was born on July 7, 1990, in Delta County, Colo., and spent her childhood years through fourth grade in Paonia where her love of piano, dance, skiing and enjoying the great outdoors of Colorado began.
Moving to Grand Junction in 2000, she continued her studies in piano and the pursuit of literature and learning. Lauren graduated from Fruita Monument High School in 2008 and went on to further her studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, graduating with degrees in both piano performance and French in 2012. After graduation, she traveled to Austria where she continued studies at the University of Vienna, in philology, while working as an au pair for an Austrian family.
On Feb. 7, 2016, Lauren's family for whom she au paired and friends in Austria organized a service at the Ruprechtskirche, a historic church in Vienna dating back to the 11th century. Lauren's life was celebrated there by family and friends performing music and sharing stories of how much they loved her, how much she inspired them and how much she will be missed.
Also in celebration, faculty and friends at the University of Colorado Boulder have organized a musical recital in remembrance of Lauren. No other services are planned by the family at this time.
The beauty of a life well lived never dies, it continues to embrace and inspire us.
Though the voice is quiet, the spirit echoes still.
Gifts may be made in Lauren's memory to University of Colorado Foundation, 301 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309, College of Music, in memory of Lauren Mann.
The seventh annual Eckert Crane Days, the annual viewing of the sandhill cranes migrating north from New Mexico through Colorado's West Slope, will be March 16-18. Representatives from the Black Canyon Chapter of the Audubon Society (BCAS) will be at the viewing site east of Eckert at Fruitgrowers Reservoir, 9 to 11 a.m. each day, to answer questions and provide binoculars and spotting scopes.