Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013
Lisa Fulbright was a regular customer of the Village Inn in Derby, and she had a favorite waitress.
"She was always just real cheerful and good with customers. They all would... a lot of people would ask for her," Lisa said. " Sometimes I would be seated in another area, but I'd be like 'I want Lonnie to wait on me' cause she always knows what I wanted."
That waitress, Lonnie Stagg, quickly grew on her. During two years of breakfasts and conversation, a friendship developed.
Lisa and Lonnie would visit each other. Sometimes they planned small outings at events around town.
Lisa visited Lonnie just days before a tragic turn of events took the 44-year-old's life.
"I can just picture her right there. I was with her a few days prior to this happening," Lisa said. "You can't even believe it at this point in time."
Lisa would like people to remember her friend -- not the crime that lead to her death.
"Real caring person. The number one thing was her kids," Lisa said. "She cared so much for her kids and wanted the very best for them... was always concerned about them and that they were taken care of."
Some groups are now stepping up to help Lonnie's children: Breanna, 11, and Nathan, 15.
Friends started a Nathan and Breanna Wellness Fund on YouCaring.com. The goal is to raise $5,000 to help the family cover funeral expenses and other costs with the kids moving to their grandparents' home in Oklahoma, which is also where Lonnie will be laid to rest.
"I know they were really good kids," Lisa said. "Well behaved. She did a really good job raising them."
It's a friendship that started over two iced teas in the morning -- a memory Lisa says will always make her smile -- with a woman who was taken too soon.
"I will miss her," Lisa added.
HOW TO DONATE
The Village Inn of Derby and The Roy Oliver Group will be collecting clothes for the kids. Currently, they can not enter their home because of the investigation.
Below are the children's ages and sizes if you would like to donate clothing and shoes.
Nathan -15 years old
Men's Size Medium Shirt and Shorts
Shoes Size 9 1/2
Breanna -11 years old
Girls Size 12 Shirts and Shorts
Women's shoes size 6 1/2-7
Here are the addresses for drop-off locations:
Village Inn of Derby
1200 N Rock Rd
Derby KS 67037
The Roy Group
144 N Oliver
Wichita KS 67208
For more information on the Nathan and Breanna Welness Fund, go to http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/nathan-and-breanna-wellness-fund/84721