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Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel

1020 Huguenot Road, Midlothian, VA

OBITUARY

Linda Hart Wagstaff

November 7, 1952August 31, 2019

Linda Hart Wagstaff, 66, of Chesterfield, passed away on August 31, 2019. Linda is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Vernelle Hart. She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Tara Wagstaff; two sisters, Patsy Hart and Robin Taylor; two nieces, Alex Barker (Rob) and Brooke McGinnis (Matt); one nephew, Christopher Hatcher; and two great-nieces, Hollowell and Mabel Gray Barker.

Linda was born in Richmond, VA on November 7, 1952. She graduated from Manchester High School and received a B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary, where she majored in Classical Studies and was an active member of the Orchesis Modern Dance Company.

Linda worked as a Latin teacher for forty-five years for Chesterfield County Public Schools and touched the lives of many students, parents, and colleagues. After spending five years at Robious Middle School, Linda moved to Monacan High School when it opened. Over the next forty years, Linda impacted every aspect of the school. From teaching Latin I – AP and sponsoring an active Latin Club to collecting recycling items and selling tickets at various sporting events, Linda served her school non-stop. Linda loved sponsoring the Key Club and working with the Kiwanis Club of Midlothian-Chesterfield. And, for her incredible career at Monacan, Linda was named Teacher of the Year last spring.

Professionally, Linda was a lifetime member of the Classical Association of Virginia (CAV) where she served as Tournament Registrar for many years and received the Angela P. Lloyd Book Award in 2012. Linda was a founding member of the Central Virginia Latin Teachers

Association (CVLTA), and she was always very active in the Virginia Junior Classical League (VJCL) and served as its co-chair for a number of years. The National Junior Classical League (NJCL) honored Linda with the Ed Phinney Book Award for service in 1998, and she received her twenty year bowl for attendance in 2002. Linda started taking students to Italy in 1975 and continued to do so throughout her career. In addition to these Latin organizations, Linda was initiated into the Gamma Gamma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma International, an honorary for women educators, in 1984 and recently served as its 1st Vice President. Over the years, Linda devoted much time to the Chesterfield Education Association as her school’s representative. She was an outstanding advocate for teachers and never missed an opportunity to showcase the importance of a teacher’s role in a child’s life.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 15, 2019, at Woody Funeral Home Huguenot Chapel, 1020 Huguenot Rd., Midlothian, VA 23113. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship has been established in her memory. Contributions may be made to the Linda H. Wagstaff Scholarship, First Community Bank, 11400 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond, VA 23235. Please make checks payable to Linda H. Wagstaff Scholarship.

Services

  • Memorial Service Sunday, September 15, 2019

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Leslie Bacile

September 15, 2019

Mrs. Wagstaff was hands down the heart of Monacan High School! She was dedicated, loyal, infectiously energetic, and unwaveringly positive. Even if someone made a mistake, or did something wrong, she always focused on the positive and did not let the negative define them. Students gravitated to her because of her genuine kindness and concern for them. Ms. Wagstaff was an amazing encourager who inspired students to take risks and believe that they could do better. She showed her support at countless events and was always trying to keep up with what students were doing outside of the classroom. Again, this is why they trusted her, she showed she cared!

Mrs. Wagstaff made Latin fun, which encouraged us all to use the “dead” language outside of her classroom. Her passion for her subject matter was contagious. She was dedicated to the athletics department and I will remember her ruthlessly chasing down baseball parents to ensure they paid their admission, haha! I will miss her enthusiastic greetings, cheers, and positive spirit which could brighten every day. I am heartbroken she is no longer here as she was truly one of a kind.

She will be gravely missed by the Monacan community, but I know her memory and impact will remain strong in our hearts!

Curtis Buono

September 11, 2019

Ms. Wagstaff was the teacher who had the biggest impact on me. She has continued to be in my mind all these years later every time I think "lapsis lingua" and so many other phrases she lovingly taught us. She gave immense life to a language that hasn't been spoken for centuries as she taught with fun, positivity, passion, love, tireless energy, and a great sense of humor. She gave us so much and will be deeply missed, but she will live on not only in the minds of so many past students but also in the scholarship that will provide opportunities to future students. Rest in peace and thank you for having such a huge impact on mine and hundreds of other lives!

Allison Blanton

September 9, 2019

Miss Wagstaff was one of the best people to learn Latin from. Whether we were learning about the intricate customs of the Ancient Romans or spending a billion chapters stuck in a ditch, Miss Wagstaff would find a way to stimulate her students. Some people say that Latin is a dead language but she could prove them all wrong. I can still hear her shouting with the most extreme passion that I've ever heard pour from the lips of any teacher "O TEMPORA! O MORES!" She just really cared about the subject and her students. Gratias tibi ago.

To her beloved daughter who she seemed to speak of every day, I send my deepest condolences. Your mother touched generations of students and people and we will always remember her.

Fou Foust

September 7, 2019

I knew Ms. Wagstaff as Ms. Hart--she was my teacher for Latin I and II at Robious Jr. High School back in 1974. Her energy and enthusiasm made it clear that Latin was no "dead" language. She made learning a joy. (I can still sing Christmas carols in Latin from the handout she gave us all those years ago.) A bit of her spirit lives on in the many lives she touched, including my own. Wishing peace to her family and friends during this difficult time.

Anne Driscoll

September 7, 2019

Linda could make anyone learn and love Latin, even her fellow teachers! She knew how to make Latin a part of all our World Language events and we loved the creativity and humor she showed in sharing her love for Latin. Yes, Linda loved Latin, but even more she loved each of her students, the challenging ones and the high achieving ones, and she also loved each of her colleagues , the whole Monacan community and beyond. I think God may have cut the mold with Linda because she was definitely one-of-a-kind when it comes to dedicated and caring teachers. Sending deepest sympathy to Tara, Linda's family and the Monacan family,

Lauren Oglesby

September 6, 2019

I had the pleasure of having Ms. Wagstaff as a teacher for all four years of high school. I loved several of my teachers from my time there, but it is always Ms. Wagstaff in the back of my mind that I wanted to do right by. To prove to her and only her, that I am the capable young women she always thought I could be. Every job I took, every step I took on my career, I always thought of her and, "If only Ms. Wagstaff could see me now!!" I regret every second I didn't go back to tell her how much she has been cheering me on in my mind since I left Monacan HS in 2010. Thank you for being such a positive influence of change on my life, long after you stopped actively participating in it.

Sally Wheat

September 6, 2019

My view of Linda began when she became a 'sister' of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, in our chapter in 1984. She was an active, faithful member. Linda participated in all activities, events, and as an officer of this honorary educational society. DKG was important to Linda. She was an excellent Latin teacher and conducted trips for her students, with other educators, to Europe which enhanced their understanding of the Latin culture. Educating her students was important to Linda. She was a devoted Mother, doing all in her power to raise, love, and educate Tara . Tara was the most important person in her life, and Mother was Linda's most important role. Our world will miss this special person, as I will. Love and Prayers for Tara and Linda's family.

Catherine (Pavell) Walker

September 6, 2019

I have many fond memories of Ms. Wagstaff from my time at Monacan. She was kind-hearted and eager for her students to learn. She was also funny and could role with the punches when one of her students tried to give her a hard time or take her on a rabbit trail. I remember her fussing at us in Latin...she kept Latin alive!! She was such a treasure and surely will be missed. Vene, vidi, vici!!! And one of my all time favs...puella sub arbore!!!

Julie Coleman

September 5, 2019

I have never known, nor will I ever know anyone like Linda Wagstaff. She was a force of nature. She was authentically herself - every minute of every day. She expected the best out of her students because that’s just what you were supposed to do. But she also loved them and they knew it. And she loved life. And heaven knows she loved Latin! She wasn’t done and I’m angry that she is gone. The hole she left is unfillable. But I know those of us who taught with her will try our best to follow her example. There will never be a more devoted Monacan Chief. I am so glad I knew her. All my love to you Tara - your mom was spectacular.

Aimee Cima (Crawford)

September 5, 2019

I was a Latin student for four years at Monacan from 1984-1998. Like so many others, I was excited about Latin because Ms Wagstaff was excited about it! I attended the Latin convention each of the four years, often sitting next to her when the awards were announced. I watched her face light up as she quickly wrote down the names of her students as they were called out. She loved to see her students succeed because she was a great teacher.

It’s not surprising to read about the awards she received because anyone who knew her knew of her passion as a teacher! She was a petite woman, but strong. She worked hard while also raising her daughter as a single
mom. She cared for her students, not just in the classroom but as individuals- pushing them to do their best.

My sincere condolences to her family for their loss. Linda leaves behind a great legacy that lives on in all of the students she taught! Pax vobiscum!

FROM THE FAMILY