Lauren Caldwell Obituary (2022) – Stratham, NH

Lauren D. Caldwell

Stratham, NH – Lauren Donna Caldwell of Stratham, NH died on January 24, 2022 at the age of 41 from an aggressive form of cancer, diagnosed less than a month before her death.

Lauren was born in Bangor, ME on August 6, 1980 to James and Andrea (Harriman) Caldwell. Her family moved to Pembroke, NH when Lauren was 2 years old. She started playing youth sports at a very young age and was often the only girl in boys’ teams. Lauren had a fun, competitive spirit and drive that helped her make a fair share of friends and a few enemies along the way (yes, even in youth sports).

Lauren attended school in Pembroke before going to St. John Regional School in Concord, NH in 4th grade. Although Lauren was slow (painfully resistant) to prepare for her Catholic school upbringing, she eventually made some wonderful friends and gained a true appreciation for strong core values, square dancing, and the ability to diagram correctly. every part of a sentence, even the object of a preposition (it’s a real thing). Above all, Lauren recognized the spirit of a caring community regardless of your denomination in St. John’s and asked in her last days that one of her favorite hymns, and a favorite of Sister Clare, “City of God” , be part of the celebration of his life. Lauren continued her education at Bishop Brady High School where she captained the girls’ soccer team, enjoyed taking art classes, acted as student council president and, ironically, was a member of the school’s disciplinary committee which apparently had no jurisdiction over toilet paper houses. Above all, she loved hanging out and messing around with her friends. Some of those “while having fun” stories still creep in at family gatherings and continue to make us laugh and sometimes a loud grunt, a classic Lauren trademark. Lauren graduated from Bishop Brady in 1999 and went on to do more mischief and more friends at the University of New Hampshire where she learned to drive a very large van, providing safe rides for students across the country. city. She graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in family studies. She had nurtured many of her friendships that began during her school days and it was wonderful for Lauren and her family to hear from these friends over the past few weeks.

Lauren met her husband Michael in 2000 and they had a long outdoor yard which included lots of bird watching, swimming and bike rides just down the road from their adorable 3rd floor flat in York , ME. Lauren and Michael shared a love for photography, nature and all things related to their son, Miles, who was born in 2011. For the past decade, Lauren has loved being a mother. Miles exemplifies some of Lauren’s best attributes of strength, creativity, and compassion. Lauren and her family have enjoyed summer trips to the Grammy and Grampy Lake House in Liberty, ME for blueberry fishing and scavenging and annual adventures in Acadia National Park, traditions that Michael and Miles plan to continue. to chase. Lauren and her family have enjoyed being part of the Stratham community after moving there just after Miles was born and they continue to hold their Stratham friends and community close and dear, especially since learning of Lauren’s illness. . The outpouring of support has been nothing short of amazing.

In 2018 until her diagnosis at the end of 2021, Lauren worked in human resources at Phillips Exeter Academy. She touched so many lives on the PEA campus. His positive energy, drive and humor lit up the world for everyone around him. Lauren has always been the first to be there for employees in any way necessary. She would be there with comfort, care and a smile that made even the hard times bearable. She was recognized for this in 2021 by winning a Staff Excellence Award. Prior to working at PEA, Lauren worked for Appledore Medical Group and Portsmouth Regional Hospital for over 17 years. She was instrumental in the establishment and management of Woodbury Family Practice in Newington, NH. By keeping people and patients at the forefront of her mind, Lauren personalized healthcare in a time when it wasn’t easy to do so. She led with integrity and went the extra mile to make sure people felt cared for and valued. It was because of her time in health care that she particularly appreciated the tenderness and dignity shown to her by the nurses and staff on 5A at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA before his death. We will be eternally grateful to them.

Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Lauren quickly learned of her wit and sarcasm that was matched only by her strong empathy for all. She was the first to do a wise crack but she would never forget a birthday. Even from her hospital bed, she had a heartfelt birthday card ready and waiting for her dad and she maintained her sense of humor and unwavering kindness to those around her in her final days. Her best friend recently held her hand and said “you make everyone feel special.” Lauren will be dearly missed by all who knew her and her memory will live on through those who love her.

Lauren is survived by her husband Michael Farley and their son Miles Farley of Stratham, NH, her parents, James and Andrea Caldwell of Liberty, ME, her brother Kyle Mangawang (Karen) of Belmont, NH, her sister Mya Mangawang of Newburyport, MA , his sister Tristin Craigue (Scott) of Concord, NH and his twin brother, Jeremy Caldwell of Gilmanton, NH. Lauren is also survived by her nephews; Brooks, Trevor, Rhys and Jared and his niece Elizabeth. She is survived by her mother and stepfather, Richard and Mary Farley of Rochester, NH, her sister-in-law, Lynn Lambert of Rochester, NH and her brother-in-law, Christopher Yale of Somerville, MA as well as many aunts , uncles, cousins ​​​​and longtime friends. Lauren was predeceased by her grandparents; Donald and Mona Caldwell, Marshall “Gilman” and Gerry Harriman and his namesake, Donna Anderson.

At Lauren’s request, a celebration of life will be held in the spring when the sun is shining and the peonies are in bloom. Instead of flowers, send someone a thoughtful card or note “just because.”

A Go Fund Me was set up to support Lauren’s fight against cancer, but after a few weeks when she was told her time was limited, she requested that the fund be used to support Michael and Miles. This fund can be found here,

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Published by Concord Monitor on January 29, 2022.