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Elizabeth Jean Waggener

1920 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Elizabeth Jean Waggener Obituary
Liz Waggener was born to Grace and Leo Waggener, Sr. on the family farm in Clark County, Missouri, and attended schools in Kahoka through senior high. She attended Gem City Business College in Quincy, Illinois, and later earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. She moved to New York City where she was employed as an education department reader for Harper & Bros., book publishers. In 1952 she came to Denver and worked through the mid-60s as executive secretary to the president of the May Company, later May-D&F. She returned to school, earned a master's degree in English as a second language from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and became State Director of Adult Education for Colorado, managing funds from the Adult Education Act that were distributed to some 25 programs across the state. In 1972 she helped found the Adult Education Resource Center for teacher training and program development and later co-founded, and served as president of, the organization now known as the Colorado Adult Education Professional Association. She retired in 1986. She enjoyed travel, golf, cross country skiing, swimming, and tennis. For many years she gardened in Denver's community gardens, served as an election judge, volunteered in Denver's public schools and enjoyed the company of her many beloved friends. Miss Waggener was preceded in death by her sister Frances Walsh and her brothers William and Leo Waggener, Jr. She is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. At her request, no funeral or memorial services were planned.

Published in Denver Post on July 7, 2013
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