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Lauren Stuart (Davis) Tyler

SALISBURY — Lauren Stuart (Davis) Tyler, 66, of Taconic died peacefully April 30, 2019, at home after a brief and stoic battle with cancer. She was blessed to be at the place she loved most surrounded by those she cherished.

Lauren was born on Nov. 26, 1952, to Anne Lewis Schoonmaker and Newton Brainard Davis. Raised primarily in Connecticut, Lauren enjoyed a childhood filled with horses, race cars, sail boats and colorful people. Many summers were spent with her siblings by the ocean in Fenwick, Conn., and winter holidays in Eleuthera, Bahamas. She loved the outdoors and adrenaline from a young age and carried these traits into her adult life.

Lauren’s career in emergency medicine spanned decades. Her father, Newt, was a charter member of Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance in 1971 and Lauren continued that tradition from 1986 to 1996, volunteering and serving as both vice president and treasurer. She was employed as an EMT at Sharon Hospital for many years, assisting heavily in educational programs for emergency medical professionals. As head of EMS for Lime Rock Park and also Virginia International Raceway, Lauren was able to tie her love of racing and medical expertise together. With her thirst for adrenaline quenched, she later worked for and traveled extensively with Skip Barber Racing School providing hospitality. Her time as a volunteer and in the race track circuit forged many of the greatest friendships of her life. 

Lauren returned to the outdoors, becoming a Master Gardener in 2001, and formed Dirty Girls Gardening. She was passionate about horticulture and proud to nurture the area of Taconic and Salisbury that had so enriched her love of nature as a child. 

Lauren’s most important role in her life was that of “Momma Tyler.” Her children, Tanya, Jonathan and Whitney, provided an endless network of young people for her to love. Every single soul who walked through her door was welcome to sit at the table and talk for hours. Her eldest grandson, Mehali, and his friends were one more generation blessed with her wisdom. The list of names of the young hearts she touched is an endless one. Mention should be made specifically of a few very special people she leaves behind: Tara Breton, Justin Victory, Mitchell Conlogue, Emma Billard, Dana Smullyan, the late Amon Egan and Brian Tyler. Her counsel, welcoming smile and brutal honesty will be missed by an enormous web of friendship.

Lauren is survived by her daughter, Tanya Golden and her partner Eric Ackerman; her daughter, Whitney Tyler and her partner, Ryan Foley; and her son, Jonathan Tyler. She is also survived by her life partner, David Hunter of Taconic; and her ex-husband, Larry Tyler of Lakeville; her siblings, Brad and Meg Davis of Vashon, Wash., Tanya and Scooter Tedder of Salisbury, her brother, Scott Davis and his partner, Ashley Reynolds of Branford, Conn. 

She will be missed dearly by her grandchildren, Mehali Kasimis, Rachel and Chase Ackerman and Avery Hutton, along with her nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life and flower exchange is planned in honor of Lauren on Saturday, June 1, from noon to 4 p.m. at the   Grove at Lake Wononscopomuc in Lakeville. All are welcome to join her family for an afternoon of food, music and memories. We invite all interested guests to commemorate Lauren’s love of flowers by bringing a vase or small potted plant from your gardens to exchange at her celebration. Stories and dancing are encouraged.

Memorial contributions would be gratefully accepted in Lauren’s name to the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Squad or the Jane Lloyd Fund, both of Salisbury.