Jay Gatsby

Lauren Elizabeth Spence

- June 09, 2017

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It is with great sadness that we announce that Lauren Elizabeth Spence died in a tragic car accident on Alberta Highway 22 south of Three Hills on June 9, 2017. Lauren was 16. She is survived by her parents, Raycine and Christopher; her sister, Katie; her grandparents, June Miller, Gaylene Spence, David Spence and Donna Otto; her aunts and uncles Ross Miller (Nicole Keister), Daryl Miller, Dennis and Willa Miller, Matthew and Leigh Spence and Leigh Kaufmann and Mark Rathwell,; her cousins Marlin (Denise) Miller, Lana (Bruce) Weatherdon; Samuel Kaufmann, Emma Spence and Sarah Spence. Lauren was born in Yellowknife, NWT on January 30, 2001 where she lived until the age of four. After moving to Saskatoon, she attended Allegro Montessori School, Ecole River Heights School and Marion M. Graham Collegiate Institute. She very much enjoyed the arts as an avid singer and dancer in the River City School of Irish Dance and Duguid Highland Dance. At school, she was a member of the junior volleyball team, cheer squad, junior choir and dance academy. She also spent many years in Girl Guides. Even in her short life, she developed a love of travelling; perhaps her favourite destination being Salzburg, Austria. She enjoyed the annual family camping trip to the Cypress Hills with horseback riding and mini-golf, but not hiking. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Lauren Spence Memorial Fund Fund (https://www.gofundme.com/the-lauren-spence-memorial-fund), which the family is organizing to assist other young singers and dancers with scholarships, travel awards, and memorial gifts.

Funeral Details

A Celebration of Lauren’s life will be on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 2:00 pm at Third Avenue United Church, 304 3rd Avenue N, Saskatoon.

Condolence Messages

Peter & Gail Sielski & Steven & Kandis DeColle

Written June 24, 2017 from Saskatoon, Sk.

Our deepest sympathy to you & your family, on the loss of your daughter - may you have many happy memories of your times together. Sincerely

Matt MacDonald

Written June 24, 2017 from Winnipeg, Manitoba

Chris and family, you have my sincere condolences during this time. I remember your daughters having fun at a few parties in Saskatoon years ago. Thoughts are with your family.

Leanne Chow

Written June 22, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

On behalf of the Chow and Ames Families, I wanted to extend heartfelt sympathies to the Spence/Miller Families.

Raycine, my heart is breaking for you and your entire family. There are no words, just prayers.

Craig and Hilary Machtans

Written June 21, 2017 from Whitehorse, Yukon

Our thoughts are with you, Chris and family, during this incredibly tragic time. Our deepest condolences on the loss of Lauren.

Denise & Marlin Miller

Written June 20, 2017 from Calgary, AB

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Marlin and I will be there on Saturday to help celebrate Lauren's life. We hope you know you can lean on us at any time and would welcome any opportunity to provide whatever care, comfort or help we possibly could.

Oxford Learning Centre

Written June 20, 2017 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Lauren was a bright and thoughtful girl who always had such a positive energy. Her optimistic and determined attitude was always contagious at our learning centre. She was a joy to teach and will be sorely missed. From all of the staff at Oxford Learning Centre, we send our deepest condolences to her family and friends.

Chanda Germain

Written June 20, 2017 from Saskatoon , Saskatchewan

Dearest Chris: My sincere condolences go out to you and your family. May you all take the necessary time to grieve and recuperate. Death is never an easy process and it changes people's lives, but memories never change and those can be cherished forever. May you draw comfort in that she is at peace; not suffering. Even though this is a wound that may not completely heal, time will heal parts of this ordeal. May you draw strength from your faith, friends, colleagues and family. Take care.

Linda, Ward, Trisha and Krista and families

Written June 19, 2017 from Vanscoy, SK

It is impossible for us to imagine the pain and heartbreak that you as Lauren's family are going through. We can only send you our love and prayers for healing and for peace. May her celebration of life highlight all the wonder of your beautiful girl. May her name often be spoken as you treasure the memories and joy of sharing her precious 16 years. Peace be with you.

Will and Caroline Vallat

Written June 19, 2017 from Nanaimo, BC

Our sincerest condolences regarding the loss of Lauren.


Written June 19, 2017 from Perth, Ontario

Cannot begin to imagine the heartbreak you all are going through as you say farewell to Lauren in the next few days. Stay strong and hold her dear in your heart forever! My thoughts are with you. Lynne x

George and Allana Graham

Written June 19, 2017 from Regina, Sask

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family now and in the days to come. Our deepest condolences. George, Allana, Casey and Shae Graham

Brenda Bennett

Written June 19, 2017 from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Raycine, Chris, Katie, family and friends...
Our hearts break for you. We are so saddened by the loss of your beautiful Lauren. We are sending our thoughts and prayers for peace, strength, comfort and healing. Love Brenda and your Brenda's School of Baton and Dance studio family.

Maureen and Bob McPherson

Written June 19, 2017 from Saskatoon, SK

Bob and I are so very sorry about Lauren's tragic car accident. Our deepest condolences go out to the entire family. Bob and Maureen McPherson (Emma Rodman's grandparents)


Written June 19, 2017 from Cochrane, AB

We cannot even begin to imagine what you're going through and how difficult this must be for all of you. May care and love of those around you, provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. You are in our thoughts and prayers. As Ever, Deleigh, Brent, Jennie and Jara and family.


Written June 19, 2017 from ,

Though I haven't see you as a family nearly often enough, what strikes me every time I was able to was how beautiful of a family you are. Lauren's smile came from a place of love and happiness.
Dave and I and send you our love. Hold each other close and we will too when we see you.