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Funeral Details

Audrey Elrod Lakin


Interment - Private

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Sunday, February 14, 3PM to 4:30PM

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A Silver Lining Foundation
134 North LaSalle, Suite 1218
Chicago, Illinois 60602


Audrey Elrod Lakin, the charismatic, fun-loving, and friend to all, passed away at the age of 61. Audrey was the loving mother of David (Sarah) Lakin and Lauren Lakin (Randall Kenworthy). She was the beloved daughter of Marilyn Elrod and the late Honorable Richard J. Elrod; the best friend and sister of Steven (Donna) Elrod; the proud aunt of Elizabeth (Russell) Mollen, Daniel (Ali) Elrod, Sara (Joseph) David, Stephen (Emily) Golembiewski, and Jacob Lakin, as well as many great-nephews and nieces; and the devoted girlfriend of Tom Digan; and to all who knew her: she was the life of the party, whether she was planning it, or living it. She will be greatly missed by all. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the A Silver Lining Foundation, 134 N. LaSalle, Suite 1218, Chicago, IL 60602, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangement by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847-229-8822,


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Lonni Berkley

I am heartbroken for the family.

Brad Manzara

The news is shocking .
My lifelong friend is gone .
I would like to send my sincere condolences to Audrey's entire family.
Audrey was a beautiful person with a smile you could not forget.
Her zest for life was special we had so many great Lincolnwood memories.
Everyone loved Audrey
Rest in peace
I will miss you dearly
Love Brad

Sarah Pang

It is impossible to think of a world without Audrey. She loved life and had an infectious, joyous. super-fun spirit. I first met Audrey through her father Sheriff Elrod and it was immediately so clear that beyond the joy, she was deeply devoted to family, which extended beyond blood relatives to her many, many friends. She was a fierce protector of family, friends and her beliefs. She’ll still be protecting all of you. With extreme sorrow we pray for Audrey’s loved ones to find peace.
Love, Sarah & Bruce

Scott Sandroff

Devastated. My love and condolences go to Audrey's family and all our friends. What a beautiful soul. That smile. That laugh. The giggle. The "I'm up to no good" twinkle in her eye. Always knowing that when you hung with Audrey, something fun was going to happen. When I think of you, Audrey, I smile - what a wonderful legacy to leave us all. Audrey, you were, are and will always be loved.

Dana Eckert

I'm devastated and my heart is broken. I can't imagine the world without Audrey in it. She was a bright light. Life was always more fun when shared with Audrey. I will miss her smile, her quick laugh, her wonderful sense of humor, her love of life, and sense of adventure. We lived together in college, and again in Chicago after grad school as well. She was in my wedding, and we have been friends for more than thirty years. Audrey loved her family and friends with all her heart, and she was loved by all who knew her. My heart breaks for her beautiful family - Marilyn, Stephen, Donna, Lauren, David and Tom. And to all her extended family and friends who loved her deeply. Sending you all so much love and my deepest condolences. I hope you can find peace and healing in the coming year. With love and great sadness, Dana

Jeananne Digan

We are stunned and so very sad at the loss of Audrey. She was a generous and creative spirit, a true friend to so many, and a loving partner to Tom. It was clear that she brought much joy to so many people. Our prayers and thoughts are with her family and Tom.

Bruce Slivnick

My deepest condolences to the family. What an awful thing. It is beyond comprehension. May Audrey’s memory always be for a blessing.

Barbara Barnett

Sending love and strength to Audrey’s family. So very sorry for your loss.

Kurt Walsh

I was so saddened to hear about Audrey's untimely death. I loved that woman - she was always glad to see me and always made me feel so welcome. A very bright light in this life has dimmed, but it is not gone - she will be remembered by all who knew her forever! Audrey was clearly one of those people who loved well and was well loved - the best that life can offer anyone. "Eternal life grant unto Audrey oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her!" My thoughts and prayers are with all of you who loved her most! Heartfelt condolences, Kurt

Shirley Katz

This is heartbreaking news. Audrey had a spirit about her like no one else
I will remember her fondly. Sincere condolences to the family

Cindy and Scott Lapins

We are heartbroken for you on your loss. Audrey’s smile and shining personality will be remembered always.

Marlene Benzuly

So Sad - So Sorry

Alyssa Knobel

Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. May your warm memories and all of our support carry you through this difficult time and beyond. - Alyssa & Jeremy

Alyssa Knobel

Our hearts and prayers are with all of you. May your warm memories and all of our support carry you through this difficult time and beyond. - Alyssa & Jeremy

Heather Ross

Steve, our deepest condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts are prayers are with you, Heather and Ron

Corby Marx

The world has lost one of its brightest lights this week and I can't imagine what it will be like without her physically in it. We will all miss Audrey. I am so sorry for your loss.

Shelley Sutker-Dermer and Kenneth Dermer Sutker Dermer

We were heartbroken when we heard the tragic news. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. We extend our deepest sympathy to you and your extended family at this very sad and difficult time.

Frances Prell

Dearest Steve, Donna, Marilyn, and all the Family,
My heart is overflowing with love for Audrey and all of you. Sharing the Memorial with you was a precious gift you have given to all of us who love Audrey and all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with you now and always. May God be with all of us and all of you during this most difficult time, Yours Always Fran

Kurt Walsh

The service was absolutely amazing, thank you all! As we say in my faith - "Audrey is smiling down (and maybe laughing even) from Heaven." She would have considered it an absolutely PERFECT event - well done! Love, Kurt

Brooke Lenneman

Steve, My deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your dear friend and sister. The service was beautiful and overflowing with love. You are and will be in my thoughts, Brooke

Jamey Dix

Love you & miss you, A. You are the very best!

Dan Shapiro

I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Audrey was a beam of joy and positivity. I had the great pleasure of working with her over the years as she threw dynamic events at my buildings across Chicago. I always looked forward to seeing her because I knew that I would be greeted with a warm hug and smile that would automatically brighten my day. The world is a lesser place without Audrey, but I take comfort in that she lived a life so full of joy and love. May her memory be for a blessing.

Carol Atkins

My sincerest condolences to Audrey's family and all of her hundreds of friends of which I am so glad to have been one of them! We had known each other for years through our commercial real estate industry, crossing paths at event after event. In last three plus years I have the fortune of really getting to know and love Audrey whether we were at The Goldie Initiative event, COLBA event and many others or we were playing a game of pickleball! A great partner and opponent! I will miss you! You would have been pleased with the service, it had all your great touches! Hugs to everyone!

Robin Miller

My sincerest condolences on Audrey’s tragic passing. Audrey and I met at Chippewa 50 years ago. She was one of the most vivacious people I have ever met. We had so much fun together! Though we lost touch living in different states, we reconnected via FB and I

Nicole Gerber

My deepest condolences go out to the family. Audrey and I connected through our love of paddle. She and I played three times a week. Audrey was beautiful inside and out. She was vibrant, fun, witty, silly and always had the biggest smile on her face. I looked forward to her competitive spirit and larger then life personality. I will deeply miss her.

Noah Glazov

Audrey was such an AWESOME person. She was always smiling and made you smile. She made you feel like you were the most important person in the world and was always so excited for you in whatever you were doing. A truly selfless person with the most energetic, positive spirit. Know that Audrey made an undeniable impact our family's lives and that we are better people for knowing her. We were so fortunate to FaceTimed with Audrey in early February and had such a fun conversation full of laughs. That's how we'll always remember Audrey...smiling and laughing. Love to all of the Elrod and Lakin families and our sincerest condolences!

Marcia Nachbar Block

Marilyn, Steven and Family,

I am so sorry for you loss. Audrey was such a bubbly person and the service today captured her so well. I hope memories of good times together brings you all comfort.


Jill Nachbar Sherman

Marilyn, Steven and Family,

I am so sorry for your loss. Audrey and I shared so many childhood memories. I will always remember her spirit and fun-loving ways. She will be missed by so many people. I hope in the days and weeks to come that her spirit will bring you comfort.


Nina Bishop

My condolences go out to all of Audrey's family and friends during this tragic time.
Audrey was my mother, Lynda's, best friend for almost 40 years. She was the first person to come meet me on the day I was born and I am so glad I got to know her as I grew up. Audrey was a confident, kind, and beautiful person, who had a way of making you feel special. I thank her for spreading her infectious joy and love to me and my family. The world will be a quieter place without Audrey, but her memory will live on in our hearts. Love you Aunt Audra!

Diane Gilbert

My heart goes out to the entire family on Audrey’s passing. I know you’ve lost a loving, beautiful, accomplished woman who will be sorely missed. I’m thinking of all of you during this incredibly difficult time.

With Love,

Renee Betzelos

A beautiful service for a beautiful soul. My deepest condolences.

Denise Emer

Words cannot express how deeply sorry Steve and I are. We have so many fond Audrey memories- from doggy play dates, Hebrew school car pool (kids always loved when Audrey drove because half the time they would go to McDonalds instead), to seeing her smiling face and honking horn as she drove through the neighborhood - she will be missed by all!

Ellen Trager

My deepest condolences to Audrey's entire family. Her service was a beautiful tribute to the spark and warmth she shared with the many lives she touched. I was fortunate to know Audrey for years as part of the commercial real estate community, where she was truly family. She possessed so much energy, creativity and warmth and she connected with everyone she met. In the midst of running a large event, she'd always take time to greet you with a big hug and genuine interest in how you were doing. She clearly made a positive impact on so many people's lives-- we are all better for having shared her light. She will be dearly missed.

Rob and Nancy Rotering

Sending all our love and keeping you close in our hearts. May your memories of Audrey be for a blessing.

Debbie Ashman Tucker

My deepest condolences to Audrey's family. Her beautiful service reflected the impact and love in her life. We were old friends, both event planners and our parents shared good times together. May her memory be for a blessing.

Victor Filippini

Few people could brighten a room like Audrey, and she would consistently lighten the spirits of those she encountered. It was nearly 40 years ago when I first met Audrey (while Steve and Donna were at Marina City), and ever since she added to the joy of the day. I hope that her memory remains a source of joy for her entire family. Prayers and good thoughts are with them.

Dicky Paull

Friends, I am so sorry you are forced to struggle with this terrible loss of Beautiful Audrey. When you recall someone who is a small but significant part of your life, it is usually remembered through visual snapshots. I was very fond of Audrey, as anyone who has ever met her. My visual memory is from pontoon to pontoon on Catfish lake with her beautifully mischievous smile as she held up a wine glass to toast from boat to boat. She always upped the quality of the experience at OJ and, although we haven't spent time at OJ together for the better part of a decade, it will never be the same. Another memory is running into her at a concert at the Holocaust Museum. It was a beautiful night but the crowd was a little tight, until I ran into Audrey. We had a great time together plotting how we can get into some mischief. I always operate better when I play the straight man to someone else's shenanigans. But on this night, Audrey and I were on the same page 100%. I know Im not alone in this type of memory of her. But man, I had hopped for more days like those with Audrey. I wish you all beautiful memories of this beautiful person. Robin and my hearts pour out to you.

Judith Eber

Saddened by the news, and so sorry for the loss of your wonderful daughter.
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