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September 25, 2012

Colorful service for Stagner

By LIBBY CLUETT | lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

The colors at Indian Creek Baptist Church Friday were far from dark and somber. Daffodils, roses, daisies, lilies, carnations, chrysanthemums – flowers of all varieties and colors, stippled by several large golden sunflowers in full bloom – merged with cyclists in colorful team jerseys to help adorn the metaphorical podium for Iris Ann Harrison Stagner’s final farewell.

It didn’t seem like the ending to a story anyone expected – that a beloved woman with such an impact on cycling, fitness and people’s well being – would be killed in the prime of her life. For some, her death resembles a sort of twisted irony that an advocate of the “Share the Road” campaign, almost single-handedly bringing caution signs to local roadways, and someone who rallied hard for the failed “Safe Passing” bill in 2009 would be killed by a motorist while riding her bicycle.

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