Lisa is the third child in a family of four siblings. She is the third and youngest of three girls with one younger brother.
She loved God, the Lord Jesus and brought many of her friends or young teens she met to church with her. She ran the slides for the words of praise on Sunday mornings and attended anything she could with her youth group.
She loved cats, pink roses and she wanted what we all want, to be loved. She wanted to be married and have a family.
What she didn't understand was she was already loved. She was and still is loved by many. Her family, her friends, and even some people whom have heard her story over the years.
She struggled with being bi-polar and at times, self-esteem. She struggled with patience for God's plan in her life.
She wanted to help anyone she could. She picked the 'bad boys' (you know, the one's without anything to offer as far as stability, employment, no vehicle, no money, quick to anger, no respect for anyone, even themselves) it was Lisa who had the vehicle, the phone, the job.
She met her murderer through a current boyfriend and began dating him. It was just a few short weeks they dated, when he beat her up physically, took away her phone, her car keys so she had no way of escaping. Then he callously shot her in the face, shattering her carotid artery, giving her no chance of survival, no chance of being an organ donor.
Not only did Lisa enjoy reading her bible, she also enjoyed the popular book 'Jesus Freak' as well as books by the author Dean Koontz.
Her mom remembers fondly one special time Lisa visited her while working in the local emergency department. Lisa questioned one elderly couple and why they were there. Her mom explained the couple had been married over 50 years and the wife was sick, the husband was blind, but he sat there to comfort his ailing wife. Lisa began to cry. She was so moved by the couple's love and support for each other. That was the kind of love she wanted so much but only now receives with her Savior.
Lisa has a scholarship fund in her memory because her family knows this is exactly what she would want. She would want to tell other teens who struggle with self-esteem, relationship violence, any type of abuse, you are LOVED!
God loves you!
You are worthy of the best love possible.