BYU student remembered for love of children and teaching


    By Mary Dondiego

    Lisa Wagner, a 20-year-old BYU student from Eldorado Hills, Calif., died Tuesday night in her apartment from conditions related to a lung and heart disease she had since childhood.

    Lisa will be remembered as someone who loved children and teaching. She was active in her major, elementary education, and she was very close with her family, said Lisa”s cousin, Rachel Wagner.

    “She is extremely dedicated to the Lord, to the church. She enjoyed being with people. She was funny, goofy, and fun to be with,” Rachel Wagner said.

    Lisa was also an excellent student who maintained a 3.99 grade point average, according to friends and family.

    Besides being an excellent student, she will be remembered as a good friend.

    “She always had a smile for anyone. That”s one thing I will always remember about her. No matter what kind of day she had she”d always give out huge hugs – and she was sincere about it,” said Lindley Jones, a friend of Lisa”s.

    Lisa was a member of BYU”s 164th ward. Her bishop, Brad Anderson said, “The thing that impressed me about Lisa is that she never complained about anything. She always had a big smile. That”s what I”m going to remember – her smile. She had just taken a new calling as family history coordinator in the ward and was very diligent in that calling.”

    Lisa has two sisters, Julia and Kristen Wagner. Her sister, Julia, is returning home from her mission to Japan today.

    The flag south of the Abraham Smoot Building will fly at half-mast in Lisa”s honor through Friday.

    Her funeral will be conducted in Eldorado Hills, Calif. on Saturday. Family members are also planning a memorial service in Provo.

    The Wagner family requests, in lieu of flowers for Lisa, donations are made in her behalf to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” Perpetual Educational Fund.

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