Las Vegas Review-Journal (Sunday) - - OBITUARIES -

Lau­ren “Lala” El­iz­a­beth Hitt, went home to be with our Lord, Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 19, 2018. Lau­ren was a bril­liant, com­pas­sion­ate and coura­geous woman, born Au­gust 14, 1993 in Las Ve­gas. Her short jour­ney on earth in­cluded a vig­or­ous pur­suit of her three pas­sions: an­i­mal ad­vo­cacy, art and mu­sic. Be­gin­ning at a young age, she was rec­og­nized for her ex­cel­lence in art on a na­tional level in the 2004 Fed­eral Ju­nior Duck Stamp De­sign Con­test. In 2014, work­ing for the Film Mu­sic So­ci­ety, Lau­ren spent a year cre­at­ing a data­base and cat­a­logu­ing the largest movie sound­track col­lec­tion in the United States, in­clud­ing film scores from the greats, such as Elmer Bern­stein, John Williams and other dis­tin­guished com­posers. This te­dious, yet in­te­gral con­tri­bu­tion re­sulted in the creation of a data­base of 10,000 sound­tracks, an ex­ten­sive mu­sic col­lec­tion now housed at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. This fall she was ac­cepted and was plan­ning to be­gin her ed­u­ca­tion in mu­sic pro­duc­tion at the Los An­ge­les Record­ing School (LARS). In her fam­ily, Lau­ren was loved be­yond words. A gen­tle and lov­ing daugh­ter, sis­ter, cousin, grand­daugh­ter and niece, Lau­ren’s ca­pac­ity for em­pa­thy, com­pas­sion and ac­cep­tance made her a shin­ing light in our fam­ily. She was a great lis­tener and prob­lem solver for oth­ers, ap­proach­ing life in her own unique way and gen­er­ously shar­ing her bril­liant in­tu­ition with any of us that shared a life chal­lenge with her. She was also an an­i­mal rights en­thu­si­ast, which shone through the love of her dog, Ivy. One of her last acts on this earth was fundrais­ing for the Born Free Foun­da­tion, an in­ter­na­tional char­ity to pro­tect wildlife pop­u­la­tions. She is sur­vived by her mother, Jen­nifer Buck­ley Ash­ton (Rod); fa­ther, Wil­liam Dou­glas Hitt (Wendy); grand­mother, El­iz­a­beth Buck­ley; broth­ers, Jor­dan Buck­ley Ash­ton and Con­nor Scheer Hitt; step­brother, Jeremy Dean Ash­ton (Kristi); and many aunts, un­cles, and cousins who loved her dearly. Lau­ren’s cel­e­bra­tion of life will be at 2 p.m. Sat­ur­day, Oc­to­ber 13 at Palm Mor­tu­ary, 7400 W. Cheyenne Ave., Las Ve­gas, NV 89129. Be­cause of Lau­ren’s great love of an­i­mals and their care, gifts may be made in Lau­ren’s name to Noah’s An­i­mal House, www.noah­san­i­mal­, at­ten­tion Mar­lene Richter, ED. Also, be­cause of Lau­ren’s ad­mi­ra­tion for Judge Cedric Kerns, gifts can also be made to Mis­sion High School, 801 Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Drive, Las Ve­gas, NV 89101, 702-799-7880. Lau­ren was a kind, gen­tle soul with a heart larger than most. While she was deeply loved and will be for­ever missed, her lov­ing and ac­cept­ing spirit will live on with her fam­ily.

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