It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic passing of Lauren Marks of Tuckahoe, New York, aged 35, on November 22, 2023, after developing complications from COVID-19 following a heart transplant in 2021. Left to cherish her memory are Jonathan, her devoted husband of 13 years; their precious 10-year-old daughter, Sophia; parents Raymond Sr. and Camille Bailey; brother Raymond Jr.; nieces Madeleine, Isabella, and nephew Raymond III; and many more relatives and friends. Lauren's love for her family was boundless, yet the unrelenting love she had for being a mother to her and Jonathan’s miracle child, Sophia Rose, was unmatched. The memories of her unwavering devotion will forever echo in their hearts.
Lauren's spirit was a beacon of warmth and kindness, touching the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing her in person, or virtually through the support groups she shared her transplant journey with. She faced life's challenges with grace and optimism, leaving an indelible mark on those around her. Her resilience in the face of adversity, and the connections she made with people have unknowingly had a ripple effect of inspiration throughout the world.
Lauren’s support for organ donation has gone full circle. Lauren’s selfless wish was to be an organ donor herself and donated through LiveonNY.org to save additional lives. In lieu of flowers, Lauren would have encouraged people to consider registering as an organ donor so that you too can give other people a new chance at life.
In addition to the lifelong emotional burden of loss, the family is faced with the immediate practical challenge of covering funeral and medical costs. A GoFundMe fundraiser has been established and we invite friends, family, and well-wishers to contribute to remembrance of Lauren and to support the family during this difficult time. https://gofund.me/2693d75f
Rest in peace, dear Lauren. Your light will continue to shine in our hearts, and your legacy will be a source of inspiration for us all.