Obituary: Lauren Sue Maher

June 4, 1963 – April 6, 2014
Resided in San Clemente, CA

Lauren Sue MAher

Lauren Sue Maher

Lauren was born in Germany to Bill and Mary Ann Chamberlain while Bill was stationed in Nuremburg. She fondly remembered her early years spent on the East Coast along theĀ Hudson River near West Point and in Princeton, New Jersey.

When she was eight she moved to Santa Ana, California with her family. Lauren was an avid swimmer and athlete as well as a cheerleader at Saddleback High School and Orange Coast College. The California sunshine inspired a swimming career where Lauren competitively swam for many years and won countless ribbons and trophies. In high school she wanted to play water polo, but way back then there wasn’t a girls’ team, so Lauren did the only reasonable thing a girl could do. She passively sat on the sidelines and watched. If you believed that you didn’t know Lauren. She joined the boy’s team where as a freshman she excelled as cocaptain of the team.

Lauren came from a long line of teachers and she loved education. So much so that her college career lasted many years at Orange Coast College, UCLA and Cal State Long Beach where she finally earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Human Resources. She passed two parts of the CPA exam but decided she would rather work in the service industry. This led to a career as a bartender at 12th Street in Manhattan Beach where Lauren not only met many of her closest friends, but where she was a catalyst for helping many other newcomers to the South Bay to feel welcome.

When an opportunity in California presented itself for Lauren to become a teacher while earning her credential she jumped at the chance. She taught 5th grade for eight years in Hawthorne and at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in Los Angeles teaching in low income neighborhoods. During this time she also earned a Master’s Degree in Multi-cultural Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Not finding any eligible men in the South Bay, one day Lauren put on her best man-trapping outfit and with her radiant smile traveled way up north to Santa Monica where she met Tim. One year later they were married and bought a house in Santa Monica. Shortly thereafter, her son Luke was born and Lauren dedicated herself to being the best full-time Mom a kid could ask for.

Four years later the family moved to San Clemente where Lauren continued to be active in her Church where she taught the Kindergarten Sunday school class and as a volunteer at Las Palmas Elementary. Lauren was an avid world traveler, a certified scuba diver, a lover of nature and hiking and had a great energy that lit up the room. She made friends easily and in each phase of her life added a new circle of friends while never forgetting her old ones.

She is survived by her husband Tim, her son Luke, mother Mary Ann and her husband Warren, father, Bill and his wife Jenelle, step-father Scott and his wife Pam, sisters Vicki Smithwa (Bob), Sabrina Pope (Hank), brothers Brent (Giselle), Brad (Jesse), John-Claude (Laura), Christian, and Alain (Assia) and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and countless friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Las Palmas Elementary PTA for the benefit of Luke’s school programs.

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