Lauren Orton

January 28, 1971 - April 27, 2003

A true renaissance woman, Lauren was a musician/songwriter, an artist and poet. She self-released two cd's, and organized her own solo tours of the United States. She started her own company, "Lady Fingers," under which she designed and produced modern jewelry from non-traditional materials. This work was represented in galleries and boutiques in Austin, San Francisco, New York, and Portland. For ten years, Lauren worked as a figure model for many distinguished painters, sculptors, and photographers. She was also a music critic for the Portland Alliance newspaper in Oregon where she and her husband Mark, resided. An avid environmentalist, peace activist, and lover of the outdoors. She was involved with campaigns to stop both urban sprawl and deforestation. She believed in the power of community, and consistently went out of her way to support "mom and pop" businesses. She had a lifelong interest in yoga and meditation, and was a yoga instructor in both Austin, and Berk!
eley. Her mother and father, husband, and sister and brother cherished her dearly and will miss her each and every day for the rest of our lives.

We love you Lauren.

Roslyn Smithson

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