Lauren Kate Loftin passed away on June 27, 2006, of complications resulting from her long battle with Friedrich's Ataxia. She is survived by her parents Bob and Judy Hill Loftin, of Bethlehem, Barrow County, Georgia, brother Will T. Loftin and fiance Jenne Plymill both of Atlanta, sister Marie Looney of Bethlehem, paternal grandmother Vera Still Loftin, uncles and aunts Mark S. and Anita Loftin, of Marietta, and Terry and Nancy Feltman of Griffin. After being named Ms. Junior Wheelchair Georgia in 2003, she remained active in the Ms. Georgia Wheelchair Pageant events. She was also active in the National Ataxia Foundation its Georgia and Atlanta Support Groups. Born in Warner Robins, Georgia, she was raised in Bethlehem, attended Bethlehem Elementary, Winder-Barrow Middle School, and graduated from Winder-Barrow High School in 2000. She attended Athens Technical College completing her internship with The Barrow County News and graduating in 2005 with a degree in marketing. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 on Friday at the funeral home. Funeral Services will be 11:00, Saturday July 1 at Smith Memory Chapel. Pastor Arlene Smith will officiate. A private burial will be held at Carter Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that healthy donations be sent to the Friedrich's Ataxia Research Alliance, P.O. Box 1424, Williamsville, NY 14231-1424; National Ataxia Foundation, 2600 Fernbrook Lane, Suite 119, Minneapolis, MN 55447-4752; and The Emory Ataxia Center, 1365-A Clifton Road, NE, Room A-1217, Department of Neurology, Atlanta, Georgia 30322. Smith Funeral Home Memory Chapel, 770-867-4553.