It is with the deepest sympathies and sadness that we share the details for the celebration of life of Layne Rembish-Stevens, "Layney". Her beyond untimely passing continues to be something absolutely surreal, and this is one of the most difficult junctures in our Life as we reflect on hers.
Like a majority of our horse community, our relationship with the Stevens Family spans decades. Founding Teen Ranch and continuing to manage it through today, our paths have crossed in so many ways. From AQHA shows, roping jackpots and rodeos, to family members attending their Christian Sports Camp, to English shows, boarding horses there, trail rides, bonfires and more... we've spent a lot of time together. And often times the most consistent face we saw in our visits to Teen Ranch was of the beautiful blonde girl with the gorgeous smile, Layne. Her passions weren't complex to figure out. Her loves were her Mom & Family, Horses and the People surrounding them. Showing horses, jumping horses, racing horses... if horses were involved, she was every part of it. She could tell you who (horse and rider) had done what at any given point, and point out the good and the bad of their competition. She would be able to pull that off for almost everybody at an event. She was passionate about equestrian sport and all of the players in it.
And of course... her trademark was her smile. In her forever time capsuled moments in social media, you'll see picture after picture of her smiling... And in the pictures where she's not... You can tell it's every effort not to for that pose. We were there for a lot of the happy moments, but also there for some of the difficult ones; namely the injuries and the illnesses... And even in the toughest situations, she would always manage a smile, and ask about someone else.
She spent a lot of time in our Rodeo Arenas as a competitor in addition to cheering from the sidelines for her friends. She also contributed to the ORA's early social media presence; she has left her mark in our world and more importantly, our hearts.
As we reach out in these troubling days to share the news of her tragic passing, there are so many people that have said, "...but I was just talking to her!!..." and their stories are so similar. Helping one person find accommodation, giving inspiration and insight to another who was going through a similar injury that she had conquered, catching up about a horse show with another, and just plain saying 'hi'... that was Layne. We will never know why she was chosen at this time; there is always the saying, "God must have needed another (insert occupation or hobby here) in heaven..."; but you would have to think He had enough angels at the time, instead of calling one our living angels so soon.
Her spirit will forever remain with us... That love of Family, the passion for anything equine, and that constant up-lifting encouragement... through spoken word or a simple smile, though not as beautiful as Layne could make it... regardless of what one is going through, by taking the time to uplift others. In addition to the many great memories... that is her gift to us.
We share in this sorrow and extend our deepest condolences to the Stevens Family and extended communities that are grieving her loss.
Suddenly, at home on February 25, 2015 of Orangeville in her 26th year. Beloved daughter and best friend to Lee Stevens of Orangeville and Peter (Carol) Rembish of Calgary. Loving Granddaughter of Mel (Betty) Stevens of Orangeville and Earl(Gail) Rembish of Georgetown. Layne will be deeply missed by her brothers Dustin and Cody and her Aunts, Uncles and many cousins. The family will receive friends at Compass Community Church in Orangeville on Sunday, March 1st from 3-5 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral service on Monday at 11am. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Teen Ranch Foundation (Box 77, Caledon, ON L7K 3L3). Online condolences and tributes can be sent at www.fawcettfuneralhome.ca Arrangements in trust to Fawcett Funeral Home, Flesherton, 888-924-2810;