Mourners Find Inspiration At Brenna Morgart's Farewell

By: Giang Nguyen Email
By: Giang Nguyen Email

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Family and friends of 18-year-old Seaman High School graduate Brenna Morgart said their farewells Wednesday morning.

Friends and neighbors described Brenna Morgart's service as "uplifting" and "powerful."

Pastor R.D. Cogswell, who led the service at Northland Christian Church, talked of blessings that came in disguise - like a family portrait the Mortgarts took, their last with Brenna, the day before she was killed.

It hung outside the funeral service, along with mementos of a life well lived: Photos of Morgart with friends and family. A t-shirt signed by Seaman's Student Council, on which she had served while in high school, her band uniform, her graduation gown.

"I learned a lot from her this past weekend, from all the stories people have told," Alex Crume, a 2010 Seaman graduate, said.

About 1,400 people came to say their final good-byes to Morgart.

American Legion Riders at Post 421 lined the walkways with flags in her honor.

"The sense of community around here as really surprised me," Crume said.

During the service, Pastor R.D. Cogswell showed a page from her journal, written in the days between graduation and last Friday, when she was killed in a hit and run car collision.

A page with scribbles of the things she was thankful for, both the mundane and the profound: the way she was raised, her teachers, allergy medicines, braces and so on.

"There was definitely a lot of laughter going on," Mack Owen, whose brother was friends with Morgart's brother, said. "And that's definitely, I think, the way she would want it to be," he said of the service.

Laughter mixed with tears when Morgart's sister Arianna and her father Dennis spoke, thanking god, the family and the community, the same way his late daughter did in a graduation video not too long ago.

Morgart was laid to rest at the Prairie Home Cemetary.

The Shawnee County District Attorney has until tomorrow to file charges against the accused hit and run driver, 20-year-old Dustin Leftwich.


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