Ava Lynn Dell

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February 19, 1981 ~ November 2, 2011

Resided in: Los Angeles, CA

Ava Dell passed from this world on November 2, 2011 at 30 years of age. Survived by father, Michael A. Dell of Manitou Springs; mother, Jan Payne of Castle Rock; sister, Lauren Andrea Dell of Manitou Springs; grandparents, Virginia and Peter Dell of Pueblo; aunt and uncle, Ginger and Doug Veltri of Pueblo; uncle, Anthony P. Dell of Pueblo; cousins, Matt and Angela Dell of Denver, Francis and John Blackford of Pueblo and Dell and Virginia Veltri of Pueblo. Ava was born to Michael A. Dell and Jan Dell on February 19, 1981, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. In her college days at CU Boulder, she majored in music where she was an accomplished viola player. Ava had a love for fitness and yoga and worked as a fitness/personal trainer and yoga instructor in Los Angeles, California. She also loved sports, travel, adventure, romance, art, and music. Growing up overseas in Saudi Arabia and Indonesia allowed her to travel extensively, which amplified her desire to meet and embrace people from all walks of life. Ava could light up a room with her passionate, vibrant, and enthusiastic spirit. Full of life and energy, she lived every moment of every day to the fullest! Her favorite quote was 'Be yourself . . . everyone else is already taken.' She loved making people laugh and she loved laughing, she was tough and determined, talented, entertaining, fun and caring. Those who knew her admired her true beauty and ability to always be herself. One of the brightest stars to touch her friends and family's lives, the world will be a darker place without her illuminating and larger than life presence. May she rest in peace. We will all miss her. A private funeral Mass was held. Online condolences, MontgomerySteward.com

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  1. I am not sure if Jan, Lauren and Michael still read this. I knew you all in Riyadh and then again at JIS. Ava and I were friends and fellow musicians in SAIS-R and then were so happy to meet again at Cultural Convention at JIS. We were exactly the same age, always got along so well, and I am shocked to hear of her passing. My sympathies and prayers to her family, especially Jan who was my first music teacher and discovered my gift for music which I will never forget. Lots of love to you all, and it would mean a lot to me if we could be in touch again.

  2. I knew Ava in Boulder and she was a wonderful person with an incredibly charismatic personality, I just found out she passed and I am in shock, the world will truly miss such a wonderful spirit, as will I, she was a superstar.

  3. Ava was such a truly wonderful trainer and she taught me so much about working hard to achieve results. I’ve never trained as hard as I did when she trained me. I came to her at a point in my life where I was really unhappy. I was struggling with low self-esteem, I was heartbroken, and I felt hopeless. She was right there to hug me and tell me I am capable of doing anything. She was such a positive person and always made me feel loved. She always smiled, always hugged me, and had a personable connection with all of the other clients as well. Everyone in the gym loved her. I am so shocked and am giving my sincere condolences to her family.

  4. I was fortunate to have shared some time with Ava and Micheal. To have heard this news has deeply saddened me, a character and light in Ava that very few people i have ever met possessed and a relationship with her father that was a pleasure to see. My thoughts are with you Micheal and Jan…….. and Ava, i will cherish our time and remember you forever ! Thank you for your beautiful Viola performance for me !

  5. Mike and Jan,

    We were so sad to hear of Ava’s passing. Our hearts go out to you and the family.

    Diane & Doug (Rich Cothren’s parents from Jakarta)


  7. Our prayers got out to Ava and the family. Our sympathy and love to Michael our friend.
    My god bless Ava.

    Joe and Leanora Gagliano

  8. Michael
    We were so sorry to hear of Ava’s
    passing. She was so young. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Colman and Martha Dell

  9. Ava, we will miss you dearly. You gave your heart and soul to the viola. It was a joy to teach you, and to coach your lovely Beethoven Qt, Op. 18 #1 slow movement at IASAS Cultural Convention that year, when it was held at JIS. I loved your presence, your joyful personality, your strong leadership during our Sinfonia tour to Bangkok. What wonderful memories I have of you. I enjoyed looking at your recent photos–what abs! You are in my life. I will never forget you, Ava.

    Dr. Sharon Eng, Ava’s H.S. strings teacher at Jakarta International School

  10. My deepest condolences for the family of Ava. I can’t imagine what you are going through, but I hope that time will ease your pain and give you some peace over Ava’s passing.
    I was a friend of Ava’s from Manitou high school and she left such an impression on me, that though we had only kept in touch over Facebook since, I can hear her voice clear as day and see her face animated just as if I had spent time with her yesterday. She was a true original. A beauty, a comic and an intellectual with many talents. She will be sorely missed.

  11. We treasure her memory from our time in Riyadh. A unique individual, natural violist, one that we had hoped would be a special light in this world. Sadly, too short is the time. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends. May she find the peace now that she apparently couldn’t in this life.

  12. Jan, I am completely shocked and saddened by what happened to Ava. My sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts. Be strong.

  13. I was looking forward to seeing Ava after all these years… Didn’t realize that I would be arriving to LA to such sad news…
    May her soul rest in peace, and may God give you patience to survive this ordeal.

  14. We are so sad to hear the news of Ava’s passing. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you in this difficult time.

  15. It was such a sad morning for me when i got the news of ava’s passing. She was a bright shining light in my life and my deepest prayers go out to her entire family. I know what a big heart she had and what a wonderful young woman she was. I will dedicate my song “The Prayer” to her at my next concert.
    David Foster

  16. Mike and Jan- I was so sorry to read about Ava’s passing. No words can ease the pain of loss for you and Lauren. My thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you all.

  17. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this incredibly difficult time. I grew up with Lauren in Manitou prior to the family’s departure to Saudi Arabia. I always remember Ava being so full of life. May peace and comfort eventually settle in your hearts. I know that your lives will never be the same, but know that people are praying for you…more than you realize! God Bless!

  18. I didn’t know Ava, but have many fond memories of the entire Dell family. No doubt she was a beautiful girl, just as all of her relatives I knew and loved. My deepest sympathy to you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  19. I was so sad to hear the news of Ava’s passing. She was a bright shining star and someone I will never forget. Her laugh was contagious and her smile made people feel warm. She had the ability to actually see people and to really listen and she accepted everyone as they were. The world has lost someone very special. RIP Ava. i love and miss you. xoxoxo

  20. We are so terribly saddened by the passing of our friend Ava Lynn Dell. She was a true original and her very special one of a kind spirit will be deeply missed by us. Our love and prayers are with your family and friends.

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