By J.J. Smith. The small community of Nevada, northeast of Rockwall, is in a state of mourning after Community High School sophomore Miranda Rae Ragsdale went into diabetic shock and passed away at her home Nov. 18, one day after her 16th birthday.
According to her Rest Haven Funeral Home obituary, she was involved in speech, theater, debate and volleyball.
“She was a great kid,” Community ISD Superintendent Bud Nauyokas said. “It’s been a blow to the whole district, especially the high school campus.”
“She was a terrific kid,” Community High School Principal Travis Taylor said. “It’s a tragic loss for the entire community.”
According to an article in the Wylie News, her death may have been related to strep throat.
“Although every parent here is saddened, we are also worried,” Community High School parent Wendy Arnold said.
“It seems Miranda was sick for some three weeks. She was present at school Tuesday. She told my daughter she had strep throat.”
According to the Collin County Medical Examiner’s office, there was no evidence of trauma and no immediate cause of death. Final results will be available in a few weeks.
She is survived by her father, William Craig Ragsdale & wife Angelia of Nevada; sister Pamela Ragsdale, and brothers Lance and Teddy Ragsdale of Nevada, Dustin Ragsdale of Plano and Chris Burrow of Garland.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Zina Ragsdale.
Funeral services were held Nov. 23, with burial at Lakeview Cemetery in Lavon TX.