Obituary: Laurie E. “Lauren” Van Camp
June 10, 2015
Laurie, or "Lauren," suffered a tragic, fatal injury on April 20, 2015, in Reno, NV. She was born May 21, 1963, in San Francisco and attended Crocker Elementary, Sacramento Country Day, St. Francis High School, UC Irvine and UC Berkeley. In college, she majored in Art and Art History.
After teaching a year in Japan, she worked in advertising, commercial art and food hospitality in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe (10 years in each), before moving to Reno in 2012.
Lauren was a gifted artist and designer, having created stunning works of art and beautifully designed interiors for many homes and offices. She also resuscitated and sold a fixer-upper near Soda Springs and had just completed re-doing a bungalow in mid-town Reno.
She was a consummate cook — her dinner parties were legendary, and she once helped cater a dinner for 3,000 in Golden Gate Park. Laurie was a beautiful skier; in high school, she won the Tioga Cup at Squaw Valley. She loved volunteering, including assisting abused women and children at the Tahoe SAFE Alliance in North Lake Tahoe.
Lauren is survived by her parents, Judge Brian R. Van Camp, Ret., and Moni Van Camp Kondos, both of Sacramento, her sister Megan Van Camp Kent, niece Gabrielle, nephew Brian Russell, all of New York City, and her beloved dog, Kunde.
Lauren's laugh enchanted us, her creativity inspired us, and her generosity, loyalty and love knew no bounds. She had an effervescent smile, a contagiously-lithe spirit and loved living life to the fullest. We will miss her so.
Contributions may be made to Tahoe SAFE Alliance for Women, or a charity of the donor's choice.
A Celebration of Lauren's life will be held on June 6 at 4 p.m. at the North Tahoe Event Center.
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