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Lindsay "Erin" Lough


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Lindsay "Erin" Lough Obituary
Lough, Lindsay "Erin"
31, of Phoenix, AX (previously of Rochester, MN and Edina, MN), died on May 12, 2016 in Phoenix. She is survived by her father, Bill Lough, mother Barbara Pinaire, and sister Trevelyn "Trevi" Lough. Born in Houston, TX October 22, 1984 Erin moved with her family to Edina MN in 1986. She attended Highlands Elementary continuous progress program, Southview Middle School, and graduated from Edina High School in 2003. Erin graduated from Princeton University in 2007 with highest honors in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She spent a summer in Thailand on a Princeton in Asia fellowship and a year on a biological research station on the Madre de Dios River in Peru on a Princeton in Latin America fellowship. Erin earned an MA from the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State in 2011. She attended Mayo Medical School in both Rochester MN and Phoenix AZ. She was in her third year rotations at Mayo Medical School when her mental illness consumed her life. Always creative and artsy, Erin's passions in life were dancing, photography, writing, and her chinchillas. From pre-school through high school, she danced and performed with Lake Harriet Dance School, City of Lakes Junior Dance Company, and Deuxmensions Dance Theater. She continued to take classes at Zenon, Princeton, and most recently at Arizona Ballet. An avid nature photographer, she was teaching photography classes on line. In 2011 she published a book of her Amazon nature photography "What Springs of Rain." More of her nature photography, wedding photography (www.truffulaseed.com) and documentary videos (Vimeo) can be viewed by accessing her name on line. A beautiful writer, she was writing a book on how mental illness affected her life when she died. Mental illness is a horrible disease. Mental illness kills beautiful people. Erin was a beautiful person. Her family and friends will always love and cherish her. Forever missed. Never forgotten. Heaven has acquired a caring and gentle soul. Memorial gifts in Erin's name may be made to NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness), 800 Transfer Rd. Ste. 31, St. Paul, MN 55114; or to Pathways of Minneapolis, 3115 Hennepin Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408, which was a great help to Erin and has established a Memorial Fund in her name. Or please donate in Erin's name to another organization that you know and trust that supports research, education, and/or treatment of mental illness, which includes addiction. A memorial service to celebrate the joy and compassion she brought to this world will be held 2 PM Sunday, June 26 with visitation one hour prior to the service at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, West 50th St. & Highway 100, Edina, MN 952-920-3996. www.Washburn-McReavy.com
Published in The Arizona Republic on June 12, 2016
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