LAKELAND - Lauren Jean Edwards Behr was born September 17, 1985, living life fully until she died at age 25 on April 21, 2011. She showed all those who met her what was really important in life-and that was friendship. She valued friendship above all; people were what were important. Though Lauren had cancer that took her breath away, it did not take away her love of life. Through the four and a half years since she was diagnosed, Lauren attended the University of Florida where she was a Delta Zeta, graduated with a bachelor's degree in public relations and made the decision to attend the University of Texas at Austin for her master's in advertising. At UT Lauren received full tuition working as a graduate assistant, helping author The Changing World: Stories Celebrating the University of Texas at Austin, and earned the Mike Wacker Award, given to students who have shown great courage and perseverance in the face of extreme adversity.
Lauren graduated from the University of Texas in December 2010 and continued with her work at the advertising firm Latin Works. On April 8, 2011, Lauren's dream of marrying David Aaron Behr was fulfilled. Lauren's family, who continues their love and admiration for her, includes her devoted husband, David Behr, her mother, Lisa Parks, her father, Jim Edwards, her sister and best friend, Anna Edwards, her grandparents the Reverend A. Gene and Kathleen Parks, her aunt, Robin Parks, her father- and mother-in-law Bob and Sarah Behr, and brother-in-law, Steven Behr.
The service celebrating Lauren's "awesome" life will be held Saturday, April 30,2011 at 11AM on the front lawn of the First United Methodist Church in Lakeland, Florida.
Donations in memory of Lauren can be made to support osteosarcoma research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Moffitt Cancer Center.
Published in Ledger on Apr. 24, 2011