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Lori McConaghy Newman

1967 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Lori McConaghy Newman Obituary
March 16, 1967 - December 3, 2016 A force of Love and Light On the evening of December 3, 2016 Lori McConaghy Newman passed away peacefully at home comforted by the love and presence of her husband Rick and their two sons, Rye and Brett. Lori was 49 years old and lived with her family in Pacific Palisades, California. In addition to Rick, Rye and Brett, Lori is also survived by her father Jack McConaghy and his wife Hanna, her brother Jeff McConaghy and his two sons Finn and Dane, and her Newman family including Chris, Dick, John, Kevin, Amy, Kole and Ali. Born in Los Angeles March 16, 1967, Lori graduated from the University of Southern California in 1989. Lori and Rick were married in 1992. Lori set aside her professional career to focus on raising Rye and Brett, teaching them the love of life, kindness and perseverance that makes them the young men and loving brothers that they are today. Lori cherished date night, family trips, and hearing her two boys laugh together. Lori was a gifted designer and artist, designing her family's home and covering its walls with her paintings of beloved views of the beach and ocean. Her boys always marveled at how her smile and presence caused complete strangers to tell her their life story, and how she much enjoyed great conversation with her best friends, often sitting on the deck together in tears of laughter. Lori saw the magic in and loved rainbows, sunsets, hummingbirds, dolphins, and tickling her boys. Although Lori had dealt with breast cancer on three occasions over the past 13 years, Lori chose not to be defined by cancer or as a victim of it, but rather to be the hero of her own life story filled with love, light, and laughter. At the time of her passing Lori was writing a book to share with others the power and strength that comes from loving oneself, thinking positively, and living life with intention, free of fear, and full of gratitude and love. Lori supported a number of charities and her sons' schools over the years but most recently enjoyed the opportunity to be an Advisory Board Member at the Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. Lori believed that medicine alone is not enough and was an advocate for healing, not only through the best of modern medicine, but a balanced and integrated approach that also nurtures one's soul and spirit. If one wishes to donate in Lori's memory, it is requested that donations be made to the Simms/Mann - UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. (http://www.simmsmanncenter.ucla.edu/) On December 17, 2016 there was a family memorial service followed by the spreading of Lori's ashes in the ocean. To no one's surprise and as Lori would have wished, as Rick, Rye and Brett returned Lori's ashes to the earth, dolphins and seals arrived and played in the waters around the boat. Public memorial services for Lori will be held at Saint Matthew's Church, Pacific Palisades at 2pm on January 15, 2017. Following the service there will be a Celebration of Life for Lori at the Upper Bel Air Bay Club. Lori spoke to others about her journey and her philosophy (www.youtube.com/watch?v=28p03EyB6Kw) often concluding with the following prayer: "May today there be peace within. May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others. May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you. May you be content with yourself just the way you are. Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love. It is there for each and every one of us."
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 29, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017
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