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.