by Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
Alison Renee Wagoner Rich was born on June 30, 1985 to Craig and Sharyn Wagoner who survive. She died January 9, 2019 at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas. She attended school at Logan-Rogersville and graduated from the Missouri Academy of Science, Math & Computing in Maryville. She earned a degree in accounting from Drury University. She considered it a privilege to work with her dad in the family business as long as her health allowed. She looked up to him and aspired to be like him.
Her young life changed forever when she gave birth to her son Luke. He became the center of her world. When she chose a life of sobriety, she added another layer of personality and friends including Dustin Rich. She impacted so many people.
In 2012, she and Dustin were married in a beautiful ceremony. A year later, Dillon was born into their lives and they built their life together with their boys. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, Ali took up running to manage her symptoms and it became a new passion. In the process she gained a whole group of new friends, her running buddies.
In July of 2017, Ali was diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer, and she began a courageous and hard fought battle for her life. When running became too much for her body, she started practicing yoga to stay active and quickly became part of the yoga community. While cancer is something that no one ever wants to deal with, Ali used it to again expand her reach in the world. She has impacted so many by her strength and her openness through her journey. It was her hope that no family would ever have to go through what her family has .
Every person that Ali touched throughout her short life became a personal friend, from her childhood and school friends to her AA sisters, running buddies, fellow yogis, her cancer sisters, and then her fitness and medical teams. Even strangers who followed her story through social media were impacted by her strength and courage and felt a bond with her.
She is survived by her husband Dustin, her sons Luke and Dillon, her parents, her sister Erin Wagoner and her friend Mike McClung, her grandmother Nancy Wagoner, the Rich and Sweaney families and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and her army of friends. She will be missed by all.
A celebration of life will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 17, 2019 in First and Calvary Presbyterian Church under the care of Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ali’s name may be made to GYNCA, 3023 South Fort, Suite D, Springfield, MO 65807 or at gynca.org.
“Though she be but little, she is fierce.”