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OSU memorial: Miranda Serna remembered as a giver

BY GINA MIZELL, Staff Writer, gmizell@opubco.com Published: November 21, 2011
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/articleid/3625554/1/pictures/1568046">Photo - OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH / ASSISTANT COACH / AIRPLANE / PLANE CRASH / DEATHS / PAULA BRANSTETTER: Oklahoma State women's interim basketball coach Jim Littell speaks during the memorial service for Oklahoma State head basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in Stillwater, Okla. The two were killed in a plane crash along with former state senator Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula while on a recruiting trip in central Arkansas last Thursday. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman  ORG XMIT: KOD
OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY / OSU / WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH / ASSISTANT COACH / AIRPLANE / PLANE CRASH / DEATHS / PAULA BRANSTETTER: Oklahoma State women's interim basketball coach Jim Littell speaks during the memorial service for Oklahoma State head basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna at Gallagher-Iba Arena on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 in Stillwater, Okla. The two were killed in a plane crash along with former state senator Olin Branstetter and his wife Paula while on a recruiting trip in central Arkansas last Thursday. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

But most of all, Serna gave her fierce passion for basketball and her loyalty to Budke, her former coach at Trinity Valley Community College, and the OSU program.

She spent many late nights at the arena preparing materials for recruits, a part of her job that was instrumental in turning around the Cowgirl program. She'd furiously scribble on her white board during practices and games, double- and triple-checking that the Cowgirls knew the plays. And she'd lend an ear when any of the players needed someone to talk to.

“She cared for others much more than she cared for herself,” former Cowgirl Taylor Hardeman said.

Those she cared for included her mother and best friend, Nettie Hererra, and her youngest niece and nephew, Lovely and Carlos. She never had her own children, but she loved the Cowgirls like they were her daughters.

Serna's faith and outlook on life were outlined on her Facebook page and printed on the program's at Monday's memorial service. It read: “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I hope that I have not a single bit of talent left and could say to him, ‘Dear Lord — I used everything you gave me and thank you for all you entrusting in me!'”

But the Cowgirls will not forget all that Serna gave to them.

“She listened, she counseled, she made suggestions and encouraged us along the way of our journey of life,” Hardeman said.


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