Three picture frames were placed alongside vases, flowers and a pink sign dedicated to Rikki Olds in front of a background filled with an aura of purple light Wednesday at Boulder Valley Christian Church. 

Within one of those frames was a photo of Olds, showcasing her infectious smile. 

The other frames remained empty.

"Maybe it would (have been filled with) a wedding picture or another cherished moment of your story, but your life was taken from us and we will never get to see your frames filled," said Robert Olds during a celebration of life honoring his niece. 

About 300 people gathered Wednesday in Boulder to celebrate the life of Olds, a grocery store manager who was killed during a mass shooting event in south Boulder on March 22. An additional 100 people viewed the service on a livestream. 

Family members, friends, former teammates, teachers and elected officials gathered to celebrate the life of Olds. During a portion of the service, attendees were asked to speak.

Stories were told by King Soopers employees about times when she would perform her signature "Gorilla Dance" to brighten the mood.

Others such as Olds' former teacher at Centaurus High School, Lisa Lowe, who spoke on behalf of her colleagues, said she made the conscious decisions to make others happy and they wouldn't miss the celebration for anything.

"I was lucky enough to watch her journey from being a ninth-grader to a senior and she made the conscious choice in her life to bring happiness to others, (and) I got to watch it," Lowe said.

"She was a beautiful human being and it's tough to be in education and see people taken too young, but we wouldn't have missed being here today, (so) those other kids are going to have to wait." 

One of Olds' co-workers who did not give his name said the impact she had on people's lives was endless.

"There are very few people in the world that have such a drive that Rikki had, an unstoppable force, and you all know it ... because the entire world showed up today," he said. "Rikki carried the world on her shoulders and I'm not going to let anyone else say otherwise. Not today, not tomorrow, not now, not ever.

Olds' best friend, Brittney Tubbs, shared a story about Rikki's fearlessness and happy-go-lucky attitude toward life.

In 2016, Tubbs, her fiancé Jeremicah Mills and Olds were camping at Green Water Reservoir and decided to go cliff diving.

Earlier in the day, they attempted to go but a "very drunken teenager" died after landing head first, but that didn't stop Rikki from wanting to go, Tubbs said. 

"Rikki and Jeremicah were talking about going later, and she said 'it doesn't matter, we'll be fine,'" Tubbs said during the ceremony. "That was the moment I realized she was ready for life, she was ready to have fun and be everyone she loved and do all the things that she loved."

Gov. Jared Polis spoke during the ceremony on behalf of Coloradans.

"While celebrating those unremarkable moments might be the harder thing to do, I hear that Rikki was good at making it look easy. She gifted friends and families with her warm smile and cut through the ordinary with laughter, and gave those gifts on all occasions," Polis said.

"On behalf of the state of Colorado, we remember the life the quarter century that Rikki gave us, the joy she brought, the way she challenged her friends, her coworkers and all those who loved her and knew her."

On behalf of Olds, her uncle, Robert Olds, is asking for the hundreds of people who attended the ceremony and even more who watched the livestream to live their lives like his niece.

"I'm challenging all of you here today to live your life like there's no tomorrow," Olds said.

"Be a little more caring and understanding. Let the people in your life know that you love them everyday. Be the kind, empathetic, bubbly, compassionate, happy-go-lucky soul that Rikki was, and fill your frames because tomorrow is not promised to any of us."

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