Tearful goodbye for Frances Frost

Hundreds of mourners packed an Edmonton church Tuesday to pay tribute to Frances Frost.

The 30-year old dancer was remembered as an artist, a nature lover, and someone whose loss will leave a void in many lives.

"There's so much about Frances that was good", said Jean Frost, Frances' aunt, "we're so lucky to have been touched by her life, her humour, her love for so many things. (She lived) a short life but what a life".

Frost, 30, was killed by a cougar while cross country skiing near Banff last Tuesday. At a crowded memorial service at Edmonton's St. Paul's United Church, she was remembered as free spirit who loved the mountains, and who died doing what she loved to do.

"She knew herself and she chose her own path which led her to hills and mountains" said Frost's uncle John Shaw, "she was drawn to mountain landscape, and when she spoke of her trips you could tell, they revitalized her".

Frost was from a prominent Edmonton family. Her grandfather was Ray Lemieux, a world renowned scientist and winner of Canada's first Gold Medal for science and engineering. There are as many as 80 members of the Frost family in the Edmonton area.

Frost's family plans to have Frances cremated, and her ashes returned to the wilderness she loved.