On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, Lauren Elise Skillman left this earth for an exciting new adventure on "Cloud 9." Celebration of life: Please celebrate her amazing 21 years of life at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in the Botanic Garden's Rose Garden (bring a chair). Lauren requested that everyone wear pink and glitter! Memorials: In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Lauren's memory to Cancer Care Services in Fort Worth. Lauren "Lala" was born Oct. 15, 1990, in Fort Worth. As a child she loved soccer and Indian Princesses. Growing up, she dreamed of becoming a famous singer or actress. She graduated from Arlington Heights High School and was majoring in advertising at Texas State University. Lala was also a gifted artist. In August she hand-painted boots that raised $30,000 to benefit the Palliative Care program at Cook Children's. She had a sunshine smile and made everyone feel special. Lauren taught us how to live with passion and joy. She taught us how to fight cancer bravely and inspirationally, and she showed us how to die with peace, humor and a "rampage of love." Survivors: Her mother and stepfather, Melanie and Dana Wilson; father, Steve Skillman; sisters, Ashley and Katye Skillman and Kelly Quebe; her loving boyfriend, Dillon Bartlett; an adoring extended family; and thousands of friends and "Lala's Soldiers."
Published in Star-Telegram on Nov. 6, 2011.