'We all loved her'

Friends remember Dunn's constant smiles

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.”

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