Gardnerville native Megan Rae Laubert performed a Chautauqua as Amelia Earhart when she was a senior at Douglas High School in 2004.
Like the famous aviator, Laubert died in her 30s on Jan. 31, 2021.
Born April 29, 1987, to Andrew and Joyce Laubert of Gardnerville, Laubert grew up in Carson Valley and graduated from Douglas High School in 2005. In addition to performing as a Young Chautauquan, she also designed the logo for the group.
Her picture appeared in The Record-Courier when she was 2 years old and again as she grew to adulthood.
“She grew up in and loved the Carson Valley,” friend and classmate April Epps said. “She was deeply curious throughout her life, open to trying new things and meeting new people.”
After graduating from Douglas High School she attended Western Nevada College where she obtained her associates degree despite being confined to a wheelchair.
“She used her entrepreneurial spirit to encourage and inspire others to enjoy the most of what life has to offer,” Epps said. “She believed in learning, growing, and fun. She will be deeply missed.”
Laubert is survived by daughter, Zoe Ella Nelson, 12, as well as mother Joyce.
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“If you are looking for a place to make a donation, she also leaves behind a very helpful, sometimes whiny chiweenie named Lucky, who she loved deeply,” Epps said. “Please donate to whatever animal charity or disability advocacy group you trust are making helpful change in the world. Send her light just a little further into the world.”
Epps said Laubert’s best advice was “to try and do all the things.”