In Loving Memory of
Lauren Olivia Palmer
September 16, 1985 - April 22, 2004
A Celebration of Life
Lauren Olivia Palmer
September 16, 1985 Ė April 20, 2004
We would like to express our
gratitude and thanks
for keeping us in your
thoughts and prayers and for being with us
at this difficult time.
Wes and Debbie Palmer
John and Lisa Shepard
Lois Dye & Chris Jones
The Palmer Family;
Jim, Connie, Gaya, Jack & Pam
Lauren was our beautiful, caring young lady and loving daughter, sister and friend
who was just blooming into a rose.
These are three special gifts for Angel Lauren from my friend Marie.
You can visit her website for her son Rob here ~ Rob Northrop's Site.
This beautiful gift for Angel Lauren's birthday is from my friend Janet.
This is a beautiful and loving gift for Angel Lauren from my dear friend, Carol, mom to Angel Michael.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life;
he that believest in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. John 11:25, 26
A psalm of David
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his nameís sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Our Christmas Angels
This is Lauren with her boyfriend, Chris, who brought her such happiness in her short life.
This was on Laurenís bulletin board in her room.
She left us all a message.
IN THE SILENCE
In the silence Mom you hear me,
In the silence I am here.
In the silence you can feel me,
In the silence it is clear........
That my spirit hasn't left you,
I am just a thought away,
You can see me in the shadows,
Anytime you look my way.
Look for me in the sunshine,
And in the stars at night.
In the wind, trees and flowers,
Everything that is in sight.
Talk to me, say my name,
Know that I'm still here,
In my death I have a new life,
And one day it will be clear.
So talk to me and look for me
In everything you do,
For I haven't gone so far away,
I'm really right next to you.
~ Author unknown
The writing below was Lauren's sister Lisa's tribute at Lauren's Celebration of life.
A sisterís relationship is a very special one and for years Lauren looked up to me as a role model and someone who could teach her about the world. Now, as I reflect on her life it is my turn to learn from Lauren. I have been a part of her life since her first moments on this earth. Reflecting back on all of it, I think there are three things that represent who Lauren was
and what she can teach us.
Lauren was selfless. She was the only 18 year old senior in high school I know who would go to her grandmotherís house after school to take care of her. Not only did she take care of her but, she was excited to spend time there. And like everything else she did she made it fun. When my mom could not even convince my grandmother to leave the house, the day before the accident my sister dressed my grandmother up, did her hair and makeup and roller bladed her 2 miles over to my parentís house
in her wheelchair. This is a prime example of how Laurenís selflessness brought out the best in everyone.
Lauren was also a person who dreamed big. She often shared these dreams with me. She would often say, ďHey Lis, what do you think about being a PA?Ē. Lauren had her life mapped out to a ďTĒ. She wanted to go to college and would always throw around career ideas for different positions in the medical field. Lauren would have achieved all of these things and more because my sister was so diligent and determined. Finally, the characteristic that defined Lauren was her spirit. If you looked into her eyes you could see that she had a secret knowing about life and what was really important. She had a child like appreciation for the simple, fun things in life. Lauren had the perspective in her short life that it has taken her death to teach other people, including myself.
Lauren lived a life that we all strive to live.
Even though Lauren only had 18 years, she made the most out of them. And I have to thank Chris Jones her boyfriend for being such a huge part of that. So, I think today my sister would want us to walk away from this celebration of her life doing the same and taking advantage of every moment.
I was there for my sisterís first moments and I was by her side for her last. Knowing her as I did, I am asking all of you to honor the spirit that we loved in her so much by leaving here today taking each moment as a gift and choosing to find the joy in it.
That is what my sister would want.
Lauren and I were just bridging our age gap. It is difficult thinking back on our time together and wishing that I would have given her more time and told her how much I loved her and how much she meant to me. I would give anything for just one minute to sit down with her and tell her these things. For those of you who do have people in your life that you love, call them and tell them. Donít wait for something like this. It is all just a matter of one second and your life can change forever and the opportunity is gone. As Lauren got older, we would soon share graduations, marriage and children. Not being able to do these things with my sister kills me, and reminds me even more that Lauren was a gift from God.
Now our roles are reversed and Lauren is somewhere I have never been and canít follow just yet. She is still with me in my thoughts, my dreams, in my memories and in my heart. Lauren, my heart aches for you and I will miss you, but I will see you soon. Thank you for being my sister.
But A Moment
You'll always be my child-I think of you each day,
Even though you must remain so very far away.
A love as strong as this, I've never felt before;
But you had to go away-up through heaven's door.
You'll never have to suffer, or feel pain or hate,
just peace and love and happiness-
God has given you this fate.
I hope that you can feel just how much I care;
And, When my days are over, in a flash-I will be there.
Pure unbounding joy! We'll never have to part.
You'll be right by my side-And not just in my heart.
But, until that day, when my dream is real-
I think I understand, just how I should feel...
"Mom, I am fine!" this must be what you would say-
"Please don't be so sad, we'll meet again one day:
I'm with God above - so don't cry for me,
Our parting is but a moment compared to eternity."
~ AUTHOR UNKNOWN
The song playing on Lauren's web page, In the Arms of the Angel by Sarah McLachlan, is very special to her mom because before Lauren was killed her mom had Lauren copy this to disc for her as she was doing a collection of songs that her mom loved. It definitely brings tears of joy
to her mom's eyes to hear this song playing on here.
This picture of Lauren with the glasses down was her clowning around at school as she had won the most congenial and most beautiful eyes.
This picture is of a pink rose that Lauren's Aunt took back to NYC after her Celebration of Life. Everyone received a pink rose in remembrance of our baby as she loved pink roses; anyhow, Gaya sent me this picture of her rose that was still blooming in NYC days after she returned
from Florida and Lauren's Celebration of Life. I believe it was another gift from Lauren.
I can see by reading through your site, what a special, loving young lady you were, and loved by all.
But it was what your sister Lisa wrote about you, it was so beautiful.
TO A SPECIAL YOUNG LADY
For Debbie, Lisa, Family and ANGEL Lauren
Everyday we reminisce
Thinking about your tenderness
How we still wish you were here with us
If the skies be grey or blue
How we long to be with you
Especially now we don't have you
A thousand years it seems
Have gone by since we shared our dreams
We wish we could have you here again
Then there wouldn't have to be any memories then
MOM, DAD, LISA AND FAMILY
Everyday I am with you
In everything you say and do
Just open your hearts and don't be blue
Dearest Debbie, Family and ANGEL Lauren
This is a poem my ANGEL Lee wrote, it is very special to me,
I would love to share it with you as your ANGEL is very special.
Softness of the skin
Sweetness in the smell
Nectar of the fruit
Tender in the heart
Dancing in the eyes
Uplifting in the smile
Tickle of the touch
Joining in the love
Truth in the speech
Love in the laughter
Primal in the scream
Soft in the whisper
Quick in the mind
Fair in the sentence
Brave in the confrontation
Joining in the love
Graceful in the sleep
Careful in the search
Deep in the sorrow
Strength in the sickness
Giving of thy self
Rich in the health
Kind in the giving
Joining in the love
Lee Henry Aguilera~~~Sue-Anne's ANGEL
MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL
In Loving Memory of Lee Henry Aguilera
A friend can hear a tear drop.
This webpage is created
In Loving Memory of Lauren Olivia Palmer
on April 1, 2007
Last updated: April 22, 2017
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