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Woody Creek resident Lani Shaw found dead at home

Lani Shaw, with her children Jack and Katie, at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in November 2012.

Longtime Roaring Fork Valley resident Lani A. Shaw was found dead in her Woody Creek home Monday.

Shaw, 46, was executive director of the General Service Foundation, an Aspen-based nonprofit dedicated to "bringing about a more just and sustainable world."

According to the Pitkin County Sheriff's Office, Shaw died of natural causes; the exact manner and cause of death are pending further medical testing. Shaw was found Monday after authorities received a report of an unconscious female on the floor of a home at the Woody Creek Plaza with no signs of life.

Shaw is survived by her two children — Jack, 11, and Katie, 9, who both attend the Aspen Community School — as well as her former husband Dan Sheridan, a local musician.

"Lani was an amazing woman — so strong, super sweet, adventurous and dedicated to children," said Susie Lee, a longtime Aspenite whose son and Lani's son were good friends. "Her passing is a huge loss to our community; our hearts go out to Lani's family and friends."