A VALIANT, BRAVE, AND GRACEFUL SOUL
Lauren Myers (1948-2011)
A DINNER WITH ALEX JONES as part of the NO PRICE TOO HIGH DVD and television special that has been seen on EWTN, CatholicTV, The Miracle Channel, and other networks, many times over the past years. Lauren left for heaven yesterday, with her family at her side, after an 11 year battle with cancer.
We asked Lauren to participate in our dinner recording because of the gracious and intelligent bridge she represented between Catholicism and Protestantism. Her stage presence was always confident and pleasant. And who can forget her wonderful British brogue that always raised the bar for the rest of us pretending to be diplomats. She was our role model. Here are a few words from her husband and my friend, Garrett.
After a valiant, brave and graceful eleven year battle with cancer, Lauren slipped away painlessly this morning with daughter Kate, son Nick, daughter-in-law Ashley, our priest and friend Steve Kelly, our dog Scooter and me by her side. Lauren was a remarkable woman.
I was so fortunate to spend 28 years with her, raise a terrific family together and create so many friendships and memories. Lauren got to meet and spend time with our first grandson Matthew these last few weeks before she passed on, which was a great joy and blessing for her.
Lauren faced her long cancer battle as she faced everything, with grace, courage, intellect and complete faith in the Lord. She was always more concerned about other people's welfare and comfort than her own regardless of her suffering.
We will have a viewing for Lauren on Friday the 25th and a glorious funeral to celebrate Lauren's life on Saturday. The viewing will be from 3 to 8 PM at AH Peters funeral home at Vernier and Mack Ave in Grosse Pointe, MI. There will be an obituary for Lauren on the funeral home site at: http://ahpeters.com/
The funeral will be at St. John's Episcopal Church in Detroit on Saturday, 26 March at 11 AM. St. John's is near Comerica Park at Woodward and the Fisher expressway. There is free parking in the parking lot behind the church.
Sometime in the coming weeks, I'll be going to England to hold a memorial service for Lauren with her family and friends there.
We have been aware of and fully appreciate our friends' and families' prayers and support for Lauren, myself and our family through these difficult times.
Thank you. Garrett Myers
Garrett has remarked from time-to-time how people have told him they saw Lauren on TV. Yesterday he remarked about how she is somehow memorialized in the program. She was at her best that night...even though we didn't finished shooting until after midnight.
Unaware that she was passing at that very hour I was entering her name in Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com) as a member of the television cast of the program. I don't think that was coincidental.
Pray for us Lauren. We'll miss you... but we'll see you "later," God willing.
Stanley D. Williams, Ph.D.
Here's the Obituary:
Lauren Gillian Myers, March 23, 2011 age 62
Lauren, wife of Garrett Myers, the only child of Colonel Anthony G.T. and Patricia Shave, died at home surrounded by her loving family, having courageously survived eleven years with breast cancer.
Lauren was a British citizen and lived in England, Germany, Malaysia and France before moving to the United States with her husband Garrett in 1982. Earlier, she worked in London as managing director of a London-based international public relations firm and then at the military electronic firm Racal Decca.
Lauren was a dedicated mother, devoted Christian, wonderful cook and consummate artist—sewing, drawing, crocheting, knitting, singing and writing. She was also passionately committed to her chosen charities.
As an involved parishioner at Christ Church Grosse Pointe and Saint John's Episcopal Church in Detroit, she completed the Bible Study Fellowship program twice, taught classes and served as an Alpha Program leader. She was a member of the Daughters of the King Fellowship and Episcopal Church Women.
Extended family and friends will fondly remember Lauren for her remarkable love and compassion, intellect, grace and poise. She is survived by her husband of twenty-eight years, Garrett, children Kate, Nick (Ashley), stepchildren Jeff (Kim), and Andy (Christine), and her grandchildren Matthew, Adam, Aaron and Alex. Lauren is also survived by her parents Anthony and Patricia Shave of Surrey, England.
Visitation will take place at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods on Friday, 25 March 2011 from 3:00-8:00. A funeral mass will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church on Woodward and the Fisher Expressway on Saturday 26 March 2011 at 11:00 AM.
In Lauren's memory, donations can be made to Local Motion Green in Grosse Pointe (http://www.localmotiongreen.org/) to support their mission of making information available on avoiding cancer causing substances and/or St. John's Episcopal Church.