Juanita Fisher Lagg, 91, of Salisbury, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018, at Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House. Mrs. Lagg was born April 24, 1926, in Rowan County, daughter of the late Jacob Lawson and Mary Brown Fisher.
Mrs. Lagg was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Elmer B. Lagg, who passed away April 28, 2015. Also preceding her in death was her daughter, Mary Elizabeth “Libby” Lagg Huggins on December 5, 1998, and her beloved brother, Willard Lee Fisher on March 30, 2006.
She attended Wiley Elementary School, graduated from Boyden High School, and was a co-ed at Catawba College in 1943 when she met Air Force Cadet, Elmer Lagg, as he arrived at Catawba for flight training with 199 other cadets.
After six months training at Catawba, the cadets moved to Texas. When he earned a weeks leave, Elmer proposed by long distance phone call. They were married September 6, 1944, at the old Evangelical and Reformed Church (now La Cava) in a wedding arranged in a few days by Fisher friends and neighbors. Elmer's best man was Harold Isenberg, whom he had never met. The Lagg's first year of married life was spent near or on military bases from Texas to California as the military prepared to invade Japan. They were married for 70 years.
Mrs. Lagg was a lifelong member of First United Church of Christ of Salisbury. At First UCC she was a member of the Mary Fisher Circle #2, the Primetimers, Chairman of the Memorial Committee, a member of the Dearborn/Isenberg Sunday School Class, delivered Meals-on-Wheels, past member of the Church Council, served on the First UCC Foundation committee, and was instrumental in all the landscaping around the church. She was very active in Salisbury/Rowan Church Women United having served as president and secretary.
Mrs. Lagg loved her family history and community and was a charter member of the Brown-Fisher Association where she held the position of membership coordinator and has been instrumental in improvements to the Old Stone House and grounds. She served on a number of Rowan County and Salisbury committees and commissions in addition to working at the polls on election day, serving as Chief Judge. She and Dr. Lagg worked with Downtown Salisbury to create Center Court on South Main Street.
During her years in the Extension Homemakers Association of Rowan County she served as president, vice-president, secretary, program leader, County Council president, treasurer, advisor, and safety and education chairman. As president of the NC Extension Homemakers Association she represented North Carolina and Rowan County at conferences held in Norway, Australia, Yugoslavia, and Wales. In these visits to other countries, she gained many friends who often came to visit her in Salisbury. In 2013 she was inducted into the NC State University Jane S. McKimmon Family and Consumer Sciences Hall of Fame.
She is survived by a large extended family and worldwide friends.
A special “Thank You” to the entire staff of the Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House for their loving care shown to Mrs. Lagg and her “family.”
A celebration of the life of Juanita Fisher Lagg will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018, at First United Church of Christ (207 West Horah Street, Salisbury). A time of visitation and fellowship will be held from Noon to 1:45 PM in the church fellowship hall with the service at 2:00 PM in the sanctuary. Burial beside her husband will follow the service at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Salisbury.
Memorials may be made to First United Church of Christ (207 West Horah Street, Salisbury, NC 28144), Glenn A. Kiser Hospice House (1229 Statesville Boulevard, Salisbury, NC 28144), or Nazareth Childrens Home (P.O. Box 1438, Rockwell, NC 28138).
Powles Staton Funeral Home of Rockwell is assisting the Lagg family. Online condolences may be made at www.powlesfuneralhome.com.
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