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'We all loved her'

Friends remember Dunn's constant smiles

Posted: August 26, 2014 - 4:06pm
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FRIENDS REMEMBER DUNN’S CONSTANT SMILES

Lauren Dunn, who is described as bubbly, outgoing and lovable, died Monday night following an accident Monday afternoon on Harkrider Street. The people she leaves behind remember her many special attributes.

A 28-year-old daughter of Craig and Danette Dunn, she worked at Conway Gardens and Pools and was a member of Central Baptist Church.

Lisa Gaddy met Dunn this year through the Women Run Arkansas clinic. They quickly became close.

“She had the most effervescent, bubbly personality,” Gaddy said. “She just exuded happiness all the time. I’m not naïve enough to think she didn’t have down days, but you’d never know if she wasn’t having a good day. She will leave a very big void in the running community of Conway, especially in the ladies she impacted in the Women Run Arkansas in Conway. You couldn’t help but enjoy life when Lauren was around.”

Jessica Wendel knew Dunn from the time the two of them were in middle school together in the Conway Public School System, but they only became close recently through the running club.

“She was beautiful, unique and a caring soul,” Wendel said. “Her bubbly personality, sincerity and encouragement made everyone around her feel like they could call her a friend. Her smile and laughter were contagious. Her hugs were comforting. The love she had for her family and friends was always clearly expressed.”

Wendel went on to say Dunn was helpful as a listening ear, had a gift for cheering people up, and was able to motivate her fellow runners to keep going when they felt like giving up.

“I’m proud to call her my friend, my sister, and now my guardian angel. I’m truly heartbroken by the loss of such an amazing person,” she said.

Rev. Don R. Chandler, pastor of Central Baptist Church, said the family has been members at the church for 15 or 16 years.

“The family is a great family of faith. They are, under the circumstances, handling it well,” he said.

He continued, “About 12 or so years ago Lauren came forward and made a profession of faith and was baptized. She always had a smile. She was always in good spirits. She was a very lovable young lady, had lots of friends. Very friendly and outgoing. They’re a close-knit family, a big family. A really good, faithful part of our church. I’m really proud of this family for the way they have faced a most difficult time with such Christian integrity and faith and trust.”

Libby Barnett, owner of Conway Gardens and Pools, was Dunn’s employer and worked closely with her for three years.

She said, “Anybody that knew Lauren knew she loved to talk and laugh. She was definitely a lot of fun and entertainment and a lot of fun to work along with. She loved her family and friends and dogs. She loved running. She had just started. Everything she did, she did with gusto. Never had anything but a smiling face. She was a great employee. Very smart, quick to learn; loved the customers. Just a model employee. She definitely was a very robust, one-of-a-kind sort of person.”

Barnett continued, “I think she was searching for a home, in terms of her job, and I think she found it here. We all learned to love her, and she was a bright spot. You have no idea how many customers have called. She was such a big part of this place. She was just pivotal, and loved. We all loved her.”

(Staff writer Rachel Parker Dickerson can be reached by email at rachel.dickerson@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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swbaker
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swbaker 08/26/14 - 08:54 pm
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Heartbroken

I was one of Lauren's customers at the pool store. She was always so helpful, always knew my name, & always smiling. Such a sweet young lady. I will miss her. I am praying for her family.

Leigh Anne Shapard
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Leigh Anne Shapard 08/27/14 - 07:30 am
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She will be missed...

Lauren was one of the sweetest, spunkiest and downright hilarious people I've ever met. She was always full of laughter, JOKES and was the life of the party! We played soccer together in high school and reconnected this past Spring at the Women Run Arkansas Clinic. She was always cheering other people on, me included! She will be missed tremendously. Rest in love, my friend!

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ljacobsen 08/27/14 - 02:58 pm
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Always Smiling

I have known Lauren for about seven years now. She was that one person who could always cheer me up when I was feeling down. She had an amazing sense of humor and a knack for making friends with even the grumpiest people. I will miss her kind smile, comical expressions, and laughter. Lauren had a huge heart and enjoyed doing for others. Lauren chose to see the best in people and that's why so many people loved her. She was always a joy and there was no way anyone could be depressed with Lauren around. I am still in shock over our loss but I know heaven gained one amazing angel when God called her home.

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Lilly03 08/29/14 - 07:50 am
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Extremely tragic and sad. My

Extremely tragic and sad. My heart goes out to her family.

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redracer3368 08/29/14 - 01:03 pm
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We are shocked & saddened by this

Lauren always had a smile on her face when we went to Conway Pool and Spa's to get our spa chemicals. My wife usually went in there more than I so I was surprised she knew who I was and who I was married to. She was a super nice person who was taken way too soon. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and those she worked with. David & Cammie Moore

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