In Loving Memory of Lindsay Ann Draughn

Be the change that you wish to see in the world – Gandhi

Lindsay Ann Draughn passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 8, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado surrounded by loved ones. Lindsay believed that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. She opened her eyes in Heaven that day. She spent 38 life filled years making this world a better place. Lindsay spent over 16 of those years living in Colorado. She enjoyed skiing and hiking and her love of the mountains brought her to Denver in 2002 to live with her sister.  She wasn’t a native but she quickly called Colorado home.

Lindsay was born April 1, 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jim and Marilyn Bannon. She grew up a child of the 80’s and 90’s in the Midwest. She graduated from Akron, Ohio’s Copley High School in 1998, followed by Ohio State University, and finally a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Denver. Lindsay earned her accreditation as a LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her recent employment was as a Behavioral Health Case Manager for Anthem and prior, working at Project PAVE, a non-profit to help troubled teens. Lindsay truly cared about others. That is one of the many things so special about her. She also spent time working as a residential therapist at the Third Way Center; part-time at Dumb Friends League enhancing her love for animals and as an Applied Behavior Analysis therapist for children with Autism.

Lindsay met the love of her life, James Draughn, in February of 2016. On a bucket list trip to Iceland with her close group of friends James proposed to her under the Northern Lights. She of course said yes! They married on August 6th, 2017 at Sapphire Point in Lake Dillon.

Lindsay and James have had a very close walk with Christ. Their marriage grew in love and favor with the Lord. Even through this cancer journey they grew closer together, deeper in love and more passionate about their faith.  Lindsay was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2016, only two short months after becoming a couple, and the cancer returned in May 2018.  She really wanted others to hear her testimony of faith through her fight with cancer. She felt that if her story could touch the life of just one other person and help bring that person to Christ than her whole life would have been worth it. Only a true saint thinks like that. Lindsay has already touched so many lives, with so many more lives to be touched by her.

Since 2011, Lindsay was very involved with the church she called home, Red Rocks church in Denver. She volunteered with Kids Rock, participated in sports leagues, was a member of a women’s Life Group and leader of a co-ed Life Group, and served on a mission trip to Haiti one week before her initial cancer diagnosis.

Lindsay was always wanting to experience all that life had to offer. She enjoyed having a coveted volunteer position at the Great American Beer Festival for years. Lindsay enjoyed going to the movies, concerts, live music festivals and on road trips. She loved to travel. One of her favorite trips was the European backpacking trip with her sister. They made enough memories on that trip for a lifetime. She was an activist for human and animal rights.  Lindsay was ready to say yes to any opportunity with a bright and positive outlook on life.  Lindsay lived every moment of her thirty eight years. She was rarely home!  She cherished her Golden Retriever, Chamonix, who has been with her for thirteen years and her cat Squirt. She quickly bonded with James’ dog Kratos and they became best friends.

Lindsay was loved by so many.  Her smile lit up a room and her laughter was infectious.  She brought out the best in people. Lindsay had this magic about her that made you instantly want to be a better person, just by meeting her. She made friends quickly, even while standing in line. People could see that Lindsay had a true servant’s heart. She was always the first to offer help to others. Even in her last moments she was showing concern about the doctor who gave her the Stage 4 diagnosis.  She had a gift for bringing people together.  Words cannot express the amount of sadness felt by her loss. The love that is held for Lindsay will endure and last without end. The memory of Lindsay will live on in the hearts of everyone who had the privilege of knowing her. No one will ever forget Lindsay. That wonderful sense of humor, her sweet smile, that contagious laugh, her kind heart, and her beautiful soul will live on forever. So much love is still here.

So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Lindsay is survived by her loving husband James Draughn Jr. of Colorado Springs; her parents Jim and Marilyn Bannon of San Tan Valley, Arizona; one sister Jayme Brindle and husband Devin Brindle; niece Sienna Brindle and nephew Ryland Brindle all of Golden, Colorado; in-laws James Draughn Sr. and Diane Draughn; and Adam and Marcus Draughn; other family and many friends. She was also “Auntie” to many of her friend’s children.

A Visitation with family will be held at 7:00 pm Saturday, August 18, 2018 at the Return to Nature Funeral Home parlor, 123 East Las Animas Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11:00 am Sunday, August 19, 2018 at Hillside Gardens, 1006 South Institute Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.

The family asks if you’d like to place a donation in her name please do so at one of the following; Red Rocks Church https://www.redrockschurch.com – Compassion International https://www.compassion.com – Foothills Animal Shelter – https://foothillsanimalshelter.org

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Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado