Lauren Delores Spencer, a microbiology major, died on March 29, 2015. She was 20.

Ms. Spencer graduated from Chaparral High School in 2012 in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ms. Spencer was a junior pursuing a degree in microbiology with a minor in chemistry at Northern Arizona University. She was employed at Pollack Tempe Cinemas during summer and breaks and was a lab assistant at NAU.

Ms. Spencer loved the arts, and drawing and painting were her passions. She also was a published poet and regularly presented at Poetry Slam. From a young age, she was an avid reader, enjoyed musical theater and cherished travel. She was a member of the NAU Hand Bell Choir and Chaparral Women’s Chorale.

Ms. Spencer is survived by her mother, Diane M. Spencer and brother, Zachary Thayer Spencer of Tempe and many relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Lawrence William Spencer.

Funeral services will be held at Scottsdale Presbyterian Church, 3421 N Hayden Rd., at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4.