Lauren Elizabeth Winstead, age 23, of Richmond, Virginia passed away on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, after a tragic incident on the James River.
Lauren was born in Momeyer, NC to parents John Clifton Winstead and Christina Roche Brockwell. Lauren received her formal education from Nash Central High School with her secondary education from UNC Charlotte and Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology. Her first professional position was at Restore Hyper Wellness where she dedicated her life to the improvement and wellness of others. Accompanying her throughout high school, college, and beyond was her beloved therapy dog, Lucky.
Lauren met Lucky Dog on May 19, 2014, when he was found as a stray by friends of the family. That started one of the most important relationships she had during her short life. Lucky went everywhere with her and provided constant love and reassurance which helped her navigate the ups and downs of life.
She is survived by her father, John Winstead (Natasha) and brother, Esaihi; mother, Christina Brockwell (bonus Dad Jay); sister, Brittany Winstead (Patrick May); paternal grandmother, Iva Winstead; and maternal grandmother, Lois Roche.
She was preceded in death by uncle, David Winstead; paternal grandfather, Bobby Winstead; maternal grandfather, Lyle Roche; and four fur babies, Daisy, Katie, Rocky, and Dottie.
Lauren was a driven young woman with a passion for life. Some of her favorite things were long hikes in the mountain, paddle boarding, making friends, wearing glitter, waterfalls, sunsets, dancing, and inspiring others to be best version of themselves. She constantly strived for personal excellence and could often be found reading a self-improvement book or at the gym working on her fitness goals. She shared a very special bond with her sister and loved the many adventures they had together.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 10, 2022 at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23294. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
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The family plans to meet at Robious Landing Park at 8:00p.m. that evening to share a sunset together.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alliance of Therapy Dogs.