May 15,1958 - February 09,2019
Obituary for Jennifer Wagner
Jennifer Ruth Wagner went to be with her dear Lord Jesus around midnight on Saturday, February 9, 2019. at Valley Medical Center in Renton. She became hospitalized in a coma after suffering a heart attack and the complications surrounding it.
She was born to the late Reverend William P. Wagner and Ruth L. Wagner (Prueter) at Mambisanda, Papua New Guinea on May 15, 1958. They were missionaries with the Lutheran Church Missouri-Synod in the Enga area in the Highlands. Her love of mission work for Jesus was ignited as a child in Papua New Guinea. The family returned to the United States in 1979 and they settled in Gresham, Nebraska where her father was the minister of two churches there. She grew her musical talents with experiences through Gresham Highschool. Her senior year she excelled on the piano and went on to win state with the piece she played. She graduated from Gresham Public Highschool, Valedictorian of her class, in Gresham, Nebraska in 1976 and went on to get an AA starting at North Platte Technical Community College (now known as Central Community College) in Columbus, Nebraska, and then finishing it up at Seward County Community College in Liberal, Kansas, graduating in 1978. She loved sports, playing volleyball at North Platte and helping the team as they went on to the National Championships in Washington, D.C.
Her son, Cory Wagner, was born in Liberal, Kansas on April 15, 1980. Her family had moved to Liberal, Kansas and she lived there for several years. She trained to work with travel agencies and the travel business. After Cory was born, she worked in a travel agency in Liberal, Kansas and then continued working in a travel agency wherever she moved. Some of the places she lived were Wichita, Kansas; Lincoln, Nebraska and eventually moving to Seattle, Washington with her husband.
After they divorced, she moved various places in the area with her final residence being in Kent, Washington. When the Gulf War affected the travel industry, she changed jobs, always maintaining playing the organ at church on Sundays, and working various other jobs to make ends meet. This included a time of being a chauffeur. The last couple of years she worked at a Mailbox and packaging shipping business near her home in Kent.
She was always interested in others around her, and possessed ease in conversations with everyone. Often, she would amaze her family with her ability to talk with strangers easily and engage them with her contagious smile and entertaining self. Throughout her life she maintained a sweet and simple demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many. She profoundly touched all who came to know her. Her intelligence revealing itself in her ability to converse on many subjects.
Living in every moment even if it was difficult was her life. A spirit of joy exuded from her as she worked through living her life for Jesus and being a witness for him through all situations that she experienced. Sometimes just because of who she was life became interesting for her. She said of herself “I'm a high energy woman who is naturally exuberant and impulsive.”
Following the lead of God’s Spirit to live her life the best she could for Jesus, she wanted to use her talents and personality in service to Him. These talents developed as she followed her dreams to share her gift of music and entertaining. Between writing songs and producing 2’s CD, (one being Exuberance: Jennifer Wagner and the Best of the Best), publishing the book Smiling Troubles, and getting involved with “American Models and Talent for Christ” she never gave up following her heart. In the last couple of years, she was able to produce a couple videos and an online presence with her YouTube site. Her love of music was deep. From Bach pieces to contemporary music, she enjoyed all of it.
In November, she returned from a two-week mission trip with the mission group “Engage the Nations” that went to Uganda. She was able to use these gifts to share the love of Jesus in the villages the team went. The trip changed her life. She wanted to go back this summer, as her childhood memories encouraged her to work on the mission field as her parents.
Being in great physical shape was important to her. She connected with Kam Chancellor in workouts with “The Enforcer” and Kickboxing. She had recently signed on to do a 5K in August for his fundraiser.
Wherever she went her light for Jesus touched people. There will be a celebration of her life service on her birthday, May 15, 2019 at King of Kings Lutheran Church in Renton. The address is 18027 108th Ave. SE Renton, WA 98055. The office phone # is 425-226-1480. As the date gets closer the office will have more information.
She is survived by her son, Cory Philip Wagner of Sacramento, California; her sisters: Sarah Edwards (Wagner) and Scott Edwards; Stephanie Siems (Wagner) and Paul Siems, Lisa Hamilton (Wagner), and Kristen Wagner. She also leaves two nieces: Evie Lui-Kwan (Edwards) and Ryan Lui-Kwan, and Amy Edwards. Her nephews are: Darrius Hamilton, Gabriel Hamilton and Masha Hamilton (Hoffman). She also leaves behind, her grandniece, Kaile’a Lui-Kwan.
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