We at The Lincoln County News were deeply saddened to learn of the death of 15-year-old Isabelle Manahan on Friday. We only become more so the more we learn about her.
By all accounts, Isabelle was an intelligent and vivacious girl who seemed to excel at anything she tried – dance, music, theater, even competitive downhill skiing.
From her friends, we know she would go out of her way to make a new student feel welcome. From her ski coach, we know she was an extraordinary athlete, so far ahead of her peers her coach had to slow her down during training with a backpack full of rocks. From her own writings, we know she was thoughtful and eloquent, unusually so for her young age.
Our hearts ache for Isabelle’s family and friends. We send our deepest sympathies to them.
Our community always seems to rise to the occasion in times of need, to raise money for medical bills or rebuild a home. In a situation like this, it’s hard to know what to do. Those with means might note the creation of a memorial fund, with details on how to donate in Isabelle’s obituary.
We also expect a large crowd at the celebration of life for Isabelle on Thursday, as we know the community will come out to demonstrate its support for her family and friends.