Lauren Michelle Bayless, 28, died at home in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Sunday April 23, 2017 of complications from a congenital illness. Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 3, at Unity of Charlottesville.
Lauren grew up in Crozet, Virginia, and was the daughter of Rick Bayless of Lake Monticello and Cynthia Bayless of Wilmington, North Carolina. She is survived by her younger brother Matthew Bayless of Charlottesville and her older sister Angel Dahnke of Tampa, Florida.
Lauren was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on December 20, 1988. Her family soon moved to Hagerstown, Maryland, where her father was the executive director of public mental health and addiction services for Washington County, and her mother was director of the Hagerstown Montessori School. Both parents were licensed mental health counselors.
In the summer of 2000 her family moved to Crozet, Virginia. Lauren attended Mountaintop Montessori School in Charlottesville, where her mother was a member of the board of directors. She then attended Henley Middle School and graduated with honors from Western Albemarle High School.
Lauren majored in computer science at PVCC and Radford University, and after graduation was employed at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, campus as an information technology specialist.
She was a cartoonist and a published poet. She spoke multiple languages, played the piano, guitar and African drums. Lauren pursued a lifelong interest and participation in community soccer leagues in Hagerstown, Charlottesville and Wilmington, NC. She also pursued active interests in Asian culture and languages.
Memorial gifts in Lauren’s name may be made to Unity of Charlottesville or All4Cats.org of Wilmington, NC.